Classic Aviation

Classic Aviation

Sunday, 15 April 2012

Fighter returns to Cosford

After and eight year absence to RAF Hendon; Kawasaki Ki-100-1b fighter returned to RAF Museum at Hendon.

Ozzie Beaufort to be restored

Restoration is well under-way and progressing well for Bristol Beaufort Mk.VII A9-141 at Queensland, Australia. It will be the world's only airworthy Beaufort.

Vampire rolled out at DX

de Havilland Vampire T.11 WZ590 was unveiled on March 13th 2012 in it's splendid recreation of it's original colours. The restoration is very detailed and many original parts have been retained.

Gannet to Fly in Wales

Fairey Gannet XL500 is under restoration to fly at St. Athan, Wales by Hunter Flying Limited. Initial inspections of the airframe are taking place. The Gannet can be seen in many museums (pictured) but there has always been a place waiting for the type on the airshow circuit.

Spit Mk.I takes to the skies

At the historic Biggin Hill airfield Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I X4650 took to the skies on March 9th with Mark Bonhomme at the controls. The fighter was reported to have performed perfectly during it's 35-minute test flight. The fighter uses many original parts and is considered a time-capsule by it's restorers. She will make a fine addition to this year's airshow circuit.
Meanwhile Spitfire Mk.XVI TE184 arrived at Biggin Hill having spent the last with Meier Motors in Germany. It will reside with The Spitfire Company at Biggin.

Dolphin Unveiled At Hendon

The RAF Museum at Hendon unveiled it's newly restored Sopwith Dolphin in the Graheme-White hanger. It is the world's only known 5F.1 fighter. The project has taken around 45-years to complete. Follow this link for a great photo