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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:37 pm 
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Thank you Errol, I've just been watching the videos on FB as they've been coming in. So great to see another P-39 flying!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 27, 2019 10:52 am 
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The Biggin Hill, UK based Spitfire T.9 MJ772 took flight for the first time today following a 3-year restoration, and has been added to the list.

Sadly, however, the Duxford, UK based Spitfire T.9 PT462 suffered a gear-up landing today and will now be out of service for repairs.


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PostPosted: Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:46 am 
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JohnTerrell wrote:

- Collings Foundation TP-40N 42-104721 (N293FR) - reported having been test flown at Chino. This is an evolution/rebuild/rebranding of the same aircraft that originally was at Evergreen, which was based on the wreck of P-40K 42-9749, recovered from Alaska where it had originally served in the Aleutians, and originally restored as a P-40K. Now the airframe has been rebuilt as a factory-built TP-40N with the serial number 42-104721 newly assigned, an identity from a wrecked & parceled-out P-40N that was recovered from New Guinea where it had originally served with the RAAF as A29-499.

I have seen a few sources online that the P-40 has now joined the Wings of Freedom tour.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvOzZeQlLjl/


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Thomas_Mac wrote:
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- Collings Foundation TP-40N 42-104721 (N293FR) - reported having been test flown at Chino. This is an evolution/rebuild/rebranding of the same aircraft that originally was at Evergreen, which was based on the wreck of P-40K 42-9749, recovered from Alaska where it had originally served in the Aleutians, and originally restored as a P-40K. Now the airframe has been rebuilt as a factory-built TP-40N with the serial number 42-104721 newly assigned, an identity from a wrecked & parceled-out P-40N that was recovered from New Guinea where it had originally served with the RAAF as A29-499.

I have seen a few sources online that the P-40 has now joined the Wings of Freedom tour.

https://www.instagram.com/p/BvOzZeQlLjl/


I came here looking for just this - Collings posted late last night that the P-40 was joining the tour but I hadn't seen anywhere that it had flown yet. Their tour schedule skips my local airport this year at the moment, hopefully they'll add it as the dates get closer.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 4:12 pm 
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From my post on the Planes of Fame thread, we can add N119DR to the A-26 list I guess? My first time seeing anything about this one.

It might be on there under a new registration actually

Yes it is, my apologies, N4313


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 29, 2019 7:43 pm 
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Yes, A-26 N4313 "Sweet Eloise II" (44-34313) is quite a special restoration - a Korean War combat vet with over 1800-hrs of combat flying, painted in the same markings it originally had when it was the personal aircraft of the 730th Bomb Squadron Commander, Charles H. Howe, at Pusan, South Korea in 1951. It is also configured as it was during the Korean War, with the C-model nose and the gun turrets removed (originally the aircraft was built as a B, but was then converted prior to use in the Korean War). The aircraft first flew again, after the 7-year restoration, back in April 2018, and it was one of the performers at the SkyFair airshow in Everett, WA last July.

(Phil Gattuso, one of the aircraft's owners, also recently got his P-40 rating with Thom Richard/Warbird Adventures.)


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PostPosted: Mon Apr 01, 2019 5:33 pm 
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JohnTerrell wrote:
Yes, A-26 N4313 "Sweet Eloise II" (44-34313) is quite a special restoration - a Korean War combat vet with over 1800-hrs of combat flying, painted in the same markings it originally had when it was the personal aircraft of the 730th Bomb Squadron Commander, Charles H. Howe, at Pusan, South Korea in 1951. It is also configured as it was during the Korean War, with the C-model nose and the gun turrets removed (originally the aircraft was built as a B, but was then converted prior to use in the Korean War). The aircraft first flew again, after the 7-year restoration, back in April 2018, and it was one of the performers at the SkyFair airshow in Everett, WA last July.

(Phil Gattuso, one of the aircraft's owners, also recently got his P-40 rating with Thom Richard/Warbird Adventures.)


Great info! Can't wait to see it in person.

Also wanted to say regarding Mustangs, I think you can change Petie 2nd (x2) to just one as the other is now Bucket List :D


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One week to go, one week to go!
ZK-RFR back in the air ahead of Classic Fighters Omaka
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 8:12 am 
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Thank you Errol, I finally got around to updating the list. It was a great sight/news to see on Facebook yesterday!


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PostPosted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 3:42 pm 
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Boeing C-97G 52-2718 (N117GA) is now the only airworthy and currently flying Stratofreighter. It is the largest active warbird and the ONLY one sporting 4 R-4360 engines.

Also.. Douglas C-54 44-9144 (N500EJ) "Spirit of Freedom" has been touring as a flying museum for 25 years straight now. Still active, stil impressive.

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Thank you for the reminder Kevin, I'd been meaning to add those (and still more/many other types).

I'd like to reach a consensus/confirmation on the current number of C-54's and DC-4's that are actually currently flying/active.

I have these as showing to be the only ones active in recent years/flying up through last year (these I have added to the list):
C-54 42-72442 (N3054V)
C-54 44-9058 (N96358)
C-54 44-9144 (N500EJ)
DC-4 c/n 42984 (ZS-AUB) - Operational as recently as 2016, but it doesn't seem to be currently active?
DC-4 c/n 43157 (ZS-BMH)

Ones that were listed earlier in this thread, but aren't active:
C-54 42-72445 (N67024) - deregistered
C-54 43-17228 (N9015Q) - damaged from nose-gear collapse in 2014
C-54 44-9055 (C-GCTF) - parked/for sale
C-54 45-0535 (C-GBNV) - parked/for sale
C-54 45-0578 (N438NA) - deregistered
C-54 45-0635 (C-FIQM) - parked/for sale

Questionable:
C-54 44-9133 (N460WA) - I can't find any evidence of it having been active after 2015, and it has been looking a bit forlorn as of last year


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Update on ZS-AUB

SkyClass Aviation Grounds DC-4 ZS-AUB – April 11, 2019

Peter Brill reports that South Africa based Skyclass Aviation will not be renewing the C of A for DC-4 ZS-AUB. SkyClass had operated South African Airways Museum DC-3 ZS-BXF and DC-4s ZS-BMH and ZS-AUB on tourist and business charter flights to destinations in central and east Africa. DC-3 ZS-BXF and DC-4 ZS-BMH are expected to remain in operation. The DC-4s seat 50 passengers in business class configuration while the DC-3 seats up to 26 passengers.

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You can move a F4U-7 to repair/restoration...
https://www.kmvt.com/content/news/Vinta ... 06671.html

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P-51 Jeannie Too with the Wiley Sanders collection is kept in flyable condition and does fly every year, although these are not public events. The guys are currently wrapping up a deep maintenance session that includes significant electrical & avionics updates as well as all new cockpit furnishings.

Is there another place to view the master list or are the updates going back as edits to the original post?


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PostPosted: Wed May 22, 2019 5:53 pm 
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Thank you Ken! I was under the impression that 'Jeanie Too' had not been active for some years now - very glad to include it in "the list". Speaking of the late Wiley Sanders, I've read some information claiming that the B-25 'Georgia Mae' is kept flight worthy as well, though I haven't heard/seen anything about it flying since 2011.

I have continued updating my original post on this forum, so you won't find my original lists here, but the original lists I made and started with can still be found in this thread on the Key forum from October 2017 (post #34 is the same content I originally had in my initial post of this thread on WIX): https://forum.keypublishing.com/forum/h ... orld/page2

I've done some further house cleaning (thank you Kevin, Errol, and Bryan!), making a few subtractions and some additions. I've produced a new listing of the currently flying Mig-15's, added the two flying F-100's, and the one and only flying FJ-4 Fury. Next to be included will be the Mig-17's and BT-13's.


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