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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 11:01 pm 
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Thanks guys! Somehow I completely overlooked adding N63SF some weeks ago, even though I’ve been seeing the test flight videos on Facebook.

No worries! Also saw that the Aussies might have a Fury flying. VH-SHF is getting some work done to get in the air I think. :tonqe: More to come...


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2018 9:18 am 
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Hawker Hurricane Mk.1 V7497 flew for the first time today in the UK, having been restored by Hawker Restorations. The aircraft is based on the recovered remains/identity of a Hurricane which briefly flew combat operations with 501 Squadron in the Battle of Britain before it was shot down over Kent in late September 1940. On his Facebook page, Darren Harbar has posted a photo of the completed aircraft following its first test flight today: https://www.facebook.com/darrenharbarav ... =3&theater

The next Hurricanes to look for to fly in the near future and years ahead (all under restoration to fly):

- RCAF 5708 at Ray Middleton's shop in Colorado, USA (former Lone Star Flight Museum example, and is set to be completed/flying next year - the aircraft is now owned by the Dakota Territory Air Museum (previously Texas Flying Legends))
- RCAF 5447 at Vintage Wings of Canada
- RCAF 323 at Hawker Restorations in the UK
- Z5207 at Kaelin Aero Technologies in Germany
- AM274 at FAST Aero in Belgium (project sold/imported from the US several years ago, but work on continuing the restoration forward to completion reportedly only just commenced earlier this year)
- BE505 undergoing conversion to two-seat configuration at Hawker Restorations in the UK


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 07, 2018 10:11 am 
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It's terribly sad to report that a Australian-based Yak-9, VH-YIX, crashed today with the loss of the pilot. An early news report here: https://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/victo ... f6628cab39


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Yesterday, October 22nd, Terry Dieno's freshly restored P-51D Mustang 44-63350 ("Lou IV"), N51TK, successfully made its first test flight with Doug Rozendaal at the controls. Based in Saskatchewan, it doubles the number of flying Mustangs in Canada (the Vintage Wings of Canada Mustang had been the only one in recent years).

Also, the Commemorative Air Force's B-24A "Diamond Lil" is back up and flying again, following about two years worth of work. The aircraft is scheduled to attend Wings Over Dallas.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 06, 2018 1:56 pm 
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To continue to keep this thread as up-to-date as possible...

The Bf-109E G-CIPB (WkNr.3579) has been added to the list of flyers, having been test flown on November 2nd at Biggin Hill in the UK following more than a year of downtime due to engine work required following a test flight in June 2017 (prior to that, it hadn't been flown since 2010). Hopefully all is good now with the engine and the aircraft will be a regular flyer in the new year ahead.

Although it had never been removed from my list of flyers, the Hawker Hurricane Mk.IV KZ321 (previously CF-TPM in Canada, and G-HURY in the UK before that) also made its first test flights in Belgium this past Sunday. The aircraft is now registered in Belgium as OO-HUR. After being sold from Vintage Wings of Canada, the aircraft arrived in Belgium this past May, but the engine had been sent to Vintage V-12's for overhaul and was not available to be installed in the assembled aircraft until late September. Work on assembling and registering the aircraft took place at FAST Aero, located at Brasschaat Airfield in Belgium, which is the warbird restoration/maintenance hub of Belgium owned by the Vormezeele warbird family. FAST is also in the process of completing the restoration of Hawker Hurricane AM274 and the ongoing work to get the Centaurus-powered Hawker Fury FB.10 OO-ISS flying.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2019 6:25 pm 
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A couple new additions (for the heck of it) for early 2019:

- 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.

- Tom Reilly XP-82 44-83887 (N887XP) - although unexpected, a first flight took place Dec. 31, 2018, and scheduled test flights are reportedly to begin being carried out this month.


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:24 pm 
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And you can add DH Mosquito PZ474 :-)


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PostPosted: Sat Jan 12, 2019 6:52 pm 
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Done. :wink:

Wonderful to see the video today of PZ474 buzzing Ardmore on Facebook!


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I have updated the P-51 listing - the TF-51D 44-12858, that was completed by Airmotive Specialties a year ago and finished in only factory markings, now sports the markings of "Tiger's Revenge", the P-51D-5-NT 44-11342 that was the personal mount of Bill "Tiger" Lyons, who served with the 357th FS, 355th FG. The aircraft is owned by Ronald Lauder (Ellenville, LLC), based in New York. It is scheduled to appear at the Mid Atlantic Air Museum's WW2 Weekend in June. Seen here with Mark Murphy at the controls: http://www.maam.org/wwii/images/P-51D%2 ... evenge.jpg

Unfortunately the name artwork is only loosely based on the way the original looked, and the prop spinner should be white and there should be two kill markings on the canopy. Still, I'm really glad to finally see a restored Mustang sporting Bill Lyon's markings!

The MAAM website also confirms what I had suspected, that the former Texas Flying Legends A6M2 Zero is now owned by Ronald Lauder as well, and is also scheduled to appear at MAAM's airshow in June. (Lauder is of course also the owner of the Spitfire Mk.1 P9374 and FG-1D Corsair "Godspeed".)


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 17, 2019 11:28 pm 
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THANK YOU John Terrell for keeping this list updated
I plan on using it for EAA training. I have created a power point using the info


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 9:45 pm 
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Rumor has it we might be adding Honey Bunny back to the 38 list this Saturday, she’s supposed to fly at Lyon Air Museums event....

You can also change Madras Maiden to Ye Olde Pub I would say :wink:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:10 pm 
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The rumors were true!!! Via Lyon Air Museum's FB and Instagram, Honey Bunny arrived a few minutes ago! Glad to have her back :supz:


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:14 pm 
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Thank you for the heads-up, I appreciate it!


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PostPosted: Wed Feb 20, 2019 6:19 pm 
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JohnTerrell wrote:
Thank you for the heads-up, I appreciate it!


Thanks for keeping the list updated! I check it often :wink:


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PostPosted: Mon Feb 25, 2019 9:10 pm 
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Yagen P-39 has flown
https://www.facebook.com/15007377500536 ... 897239259/


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