On December 1st 2010 Steve Hinton, world renowned warbird pilot, took Flying Heritage Collection's Focke-Wulf 190 to the skies. This is the world's only authentic and original Fw190 fitted with a BMW 801 engine - a very complex machine. It has now been completed after leaving an english workshop in 2009.
From FHC's Facebook group:
We are excited to report, yesterday afternoon (December 1), the Flying Heritage Collection’s Focke-Wulf Fw 190 A-5 flew for the first time since 1943. Warbird test pilot Steve Hinton lifted into the skies for a 20-minute maiden flight to test all major systems. Hinton reported that the vintage fighter passed its trial flight with flying colors. “The plane is very light, fast, and responsive,” reported Hinton. “This lived up to the history books.” Future flights will take place though December, and soon, the rare vintage aircraft will be on its way to Washington State to be put on display at the FHC.
Photo courtesy of Jim Larsen and Air Classics magazine.