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Having had the time to explore IWM's hangars the previous monday at Duxford (Cambridgeshire), I attended the Flying Legends 2017 air show on saterday july 8th.
I enjoyed so much radial power and hope you will be pleased with my account.


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Duxford's Flying Legends 2017; a good day to book a seat for some 'flightseeing'.
Note the nice line up in the background!

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These Spitfires await their turn in the air show
Spitfire Mk.Ia, 'P7308 XR-D' (G-AIST) and (G-CGUK) 'R9612 / LC', both based here at Duxford Airfield

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Spitfire F Mk.Ia, 'N3200 QV' (G-CFGJ), with 'Duxford'& 'IWM' markings.

N3200/QV is owned and operated by the Imperial War Museum, based at Duxford Airfield.
Ex No.19 Squadron, it sports the QV squadron codes it wore when it was shot down on 26May1940 while in support of the Operation Dynamo: the evacuation of Dunkirk with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Stevenson, No.19 Sqn OC, at the controls.
N3200 was restored to airworthy condition by Historic Flying Limited, Duxford and its 1st post-restoration flight took place on 26March2014 from the airfield.
Donated to the Imperial War Museum Duxford on 09Jul2015 by American billionaire and conservationist Thomas Kaplan (a.k.a. Mark One Partnership LLC), accepted on behalf of the museum by its Patron, Prince William (Duke of Cambridge).
From: en.wikipedia.org:_List_of_surviving_Supermarine_Spitfires


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Curtiss H75-CI Hawk, No.82 (Armée de l'Air) on the left and Curtiss P-36C Hawk ‘PA-50’ (NX80FR) on the right

The following info is from the Flying Legends website, referring to 'PA-50':-
"Curtiss P-36C c/n 38-210 was built in 1939 and delivered to Selfridge Field, Michigan in May 1939.
She participated in the 1939 Cleveland Air Races in September 1939, with experimental camouflage. She partici-pated in the War Games at Maxwell Field following those Air Races.
She was sent to Wright Patterson for testing in 1940 and then went on to serve with several different squadrons on the U.S. East Coast.
In 1942 she was sent to Chanute Technical Training Command, only for a few months, thereafter she was labelled obsolete and flown to Buckley field in Colorado.
She was put into a Tech School following her decommission and was later acquired by a Pratt & Whitney Tech instructor from Canada, where she resided until a Florida collector acquired it and passed her on to The Fighter Collection - more than a decade ago.
The restoration commenced some 4 years ago, under the leadership of Matt Nightingale at Chino,CA when sufficient original parts capable of overhaul were recovered to ensure that the aircraft could be completed to fly.
Steve Hinton carried out the shakedown flights and the FAA certified it.
P-36C made it first public appearances at the 2015 Planes of Fame Airshow."

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Curtiss P-40C Warhawk (G-CIIO) - '39-160' / '160-10AB' (Vintage 1941!)

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Goodyear Corsair FG-1D 'KD345/A' (G-FGID) in Royal Navy c/s. Manufactured in 1945.

FG-1D 130/A
From: www.warbirdregistry.org/corsairregistry/fg1-88297.html

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Hawker Fury Mk.II, SR661 (G-CBEL)

Anglia Aircraft Restorations superb Hawker Fury II, SR661, G-CBEL displaying at the Shuttleworth 'Fly Navy' Airshow 2017.
This Sea Fury, c/n 37539, was produced by Hawker's as a Fury ISS - Iraqi Single Seat for the Iraqi Air Force, as part of contract number 53/1/012 for 60 aircraft, and was numbered 315 within this production batch.
The aircraft was brought to Orlando,FL from Iraq in 1979, by Ed Jurist and David C. Tallichet.
In 1989 the aircraft passed to Laws/Coleman Warbird Museum, Coleman,TX where it was rebuilt to airworthy condition, flying again in April 1991, reg'd as N36SF.
The Fury was then shipped to the UK in Sep.1991, passing into the ownership of John Bradshaw (at Wroughton)
until 2009.
During this time the aircraft flew in the markings of a Dutch Navy and later in Royal Australian Navy c/s marked as 361 and on the UK Civil Register as G-CBEL.
She was then exported to Australia, where she was registered as VH-SFW.
She was imported back into the UK by her new owners, Anglia Aircraft Restorations Ltd. and re-registered again
as G-CBEL.
The aircraft has been refurbished and repainted, by Air Leasing Ltd, in the colours of one of Hawker's Sea Fury prototypes coded SR661, which was a modified Fury Mk.II with a tail hook fitted - but without the folding wings which were included on subsequent production Sea Fury's.
The aircraft is currently based here at the Imperial War Museum, Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK.
www.youtube.com/watch?v=vRdl0Y2vhnY 2017 air show footage by Stephen Keeler


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Grumman F8F-2P Bearcat, 121714 / 201 - B (G-RUMM)
Bearcat 121714

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Spitfire 'City of Exeter' taxies to its stand

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Supermarine LF Mk.Vb Spitfire, EP120 (G-LFVB) of The Fighter Collection.

This Mk.V Spitfire is one of the most credited historic aircraft left anywhere in the world, with an impressive SEVEN confirmed kills!
EP120 was built at the Castle Bromwich factory where she was probably test flown by the legend that was Alex Henshaw.
She was taken on charge by the RAF in May 1942 with No.45 MU at Kinloss in Scotland. She was assigned to No.501 Sqn the following month and scored 6 of her confirmed kills with Sqdn. Ldr. Geoffrey Northcott at the helm.
A ground collision saw her returned to Castle Bromwich for repair, following which she was allocated to No.19 Sqdn in Cornwall. In April 1944 she was taken on charge with No.402 Sqn ‘City of Winnipeg’ RCAF, coded AE-A, which are the colours she wears today.
In June 1944 EP120 went to No.33 MU at Lyneham, before moving onto No.53 OTU at Kirton in Lindsey.
Following a period as a ground instructional airframe, EP120 served as gate guard at a number of RAF stations until 1967, when she was used as a static aircraft in the ‘Battle of Britain’ movie.
Following her first silver screen experience she was back guarding the gate, at RAF Wattisham this time, until 1989 when she was transported to St. Athan (along with all the rest of the gate guard Spitfires).
EP120 remained in storage at St. Athan until she joined The Fighter Collection fleet in 1993.
Following a full restoration, EP120 returned to the skies in September 1995 and has been a popular performer with both the crowds and pilots ever since.
From: fighter-collection.com/cft/spitfire-ep120

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Supermarine Seafire LF.IIIc, ‘PP972 - 11-5 - N’ (G-BUAR)
History of Seafire PP972 11-5 N
The number of warbirds restored in recent years is astounding!

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Supermarine Spitfire, 'MH434 / B-ZD'

'The most famous military aircraft of all time, and perhaps the most famous of all Spitfires still flying today, MH434 was built in 1943 at Vickers, Castle Bromwich. This Spitfire is remarkably original, having never been subject to a re-build!
For its inaugural flight at the beginning of August 1943, MH434 was air tested by the legendary Alex Henshaw - a record breaking pilot from pre-war days (also known for Alex Henshaw's book "Sigh for a Merlin") and Chief Test Pilot for Supermarine at Castle Bromwich.'
For its wartime visit see www.mh434.com

November 1967 saw MH434 join the motion picture airforce of Spitfire Productions Ltd.
Set up by Group Captain Hamish Mahaddie for the film 'Battle of Britain'. At the end of the movie in 1968 MH434 was sold again.
The new owner, Sir Adrian Swire, Chairman of Cathay Pacific Airways, had the Spitfire painted in 1944 camouflage colour scheme with his initials AC-S, as squadron codes. There were several film and television appearances during this period, including 'A Bridge Too Far.'
In April 1983 MH434 was sold at auction to its most illustrious owner, Ray Hanna (Nalfire Aviation Ltd) and became one of OFMC's founding aircraft.
The first major rebuild took place in the winter of 1994-95.
MH434 has become a regular movie co-star and airshow performer and when not in make up for a role is flown in the authentic 222 Sqaudron, coded ZD-B.'

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Supermarine Spitfire BM597 / JH-C
The air was vibrant with piston-engined warbirds starting up and Spitfires coming and going, sounding
their wonderful Rolls-Royce 'Merlin' engines. These engines are a British liquid-cooled V-12 piston aero engine of
27-litres (1,650 cu in) capacity. Rolls-Royce designed the engine and first ran it in 1933, as a private venture.
Initially known as the PV-12, it was later called 'Merlin' following the company convention of naming its piston
aero engines after birds of prey.

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Spitfire T.9 PV202 5R-H 'Bremont; quite a unique 'Spit': a two-seater.
Its history has been detailed in full on my page ENGLAND 2017 [Search by: Ctrl+F, type: Bremont]

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Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe, MV293 (G-SPIT).
Owned by The Fighter Collection at Duxford and wears spurious markings MV268 / JE-J, flown by Wing Commander Johnnie Johnson OC 127 Wing, Germany May 1945.
It flew again on 11Aug2014 following refurbishment. Further down this page more details on the Mk.XIV and JE-J.
Spitfire Mk.XIV versus Me 109 G/K : A Performance Comparison

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Curtiss P-40F Warhawk, 'XI-7 / Lee's Hope'

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Curtiss P-40 'XI-7 / Lee's Hope'
The Fighter Collection's Merlin-engined P-40F is one of only two left airworthy anywhere in the world!

Manufactured at the Curtiss facility in Buffalo,NY in the autumn of 1942 and was allocated BuNo. 41-19841.
Unfortunately her service career remains a mystery, but the only P-40Fs to see combat in the Pacific Theatre were flown by the 44th and the 68th Fighter Squadrons, of the 347th Fighter Group in the Solomon Islands, from Nov.1942 to Oct.1943.
TFC's Warhawk ended her wartime career when she was condemned by the USAAF in Nov.1943 and dumped on the largest of Vanautu's islands, Espiritu Santo.
She was eventually recovered from the island in the 1970's and acquired by The Fighter Collection some years later and stored in Australia, until the restoration commenced in Wangaratta, Victoria. The in-depth restoration was completed in early 2011 and this P-40F made her 1st flight for 68 years in April of that year!

Due to the lack of information on her service history, it wears the stunning scheme of Lee's Hope from the 85th Fighter Squadron, 79th Fighter Group, which was flown by Lt. Robert J. Duffield from Capodichino airfield, in south of Italy in early 1944.


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P-51B 'Berlin Express'
The 'Berlin Express' P-51B Mustang achieved legendary status in an epic World War II dogfight in Paris in 1944, piloted by American Bill Overstreet, who flew the aircraft under the Eiffel Tower in hot pursuit of a German fighter. Overstreet eventually downed the German Messerschmitt Bf 109G and eluded heavy enemy fire while escaping the battle with his P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express” intact.
From: generalaviationnews.com/2017/06/28/p-51-berlin-express-begins-transatlantic-flight

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P-51 '324823 / Berlin Express'
From above source also: "Civilian pilot Dan Friedkin, who owns 'Berlin Express' and is one of only nine civilian Heritage Flight pilots qualified to fly in formation with U.S. Air Force single-ship demonstration teams, will fly the historic aircraft and perform in the Flying Legends Airshow on the right wing alongside his longtime Horsemen Flight Teammates Steve Hinton and Ed Shipley on July 8 and 9."

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Curtiss H75-CI No.82 French Air Force, G-CCVH. It has flown in The Battle of France.

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Curtiss P-36C Hawk, ‘PA-50’ (NX80FR)
The Fighter Collection's new Hawk in 27th Pursuit Squadron markings sure looks a treat! One of only 2 airworthy Curtiss 75 variants in the world, both owned by TFC and both displayed together here at Flying Legends 2017.
It had arrived here at Duxford in a crate, early july 2015, and was restored in time to join the 2015 event.

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Curtiss P-40C Warhawk (G-CIIO) - '39-160' (Manufactured 1941)
The P-40C (equipped with an Allison V1710 engine) is the follow up to the Curtiss Hawk P-36 / H75 (above)

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Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, 'JV579/F - That Old Thing' (G-RUMW)

From TFC's website:
"Our Wildcat was built by the General Motors Corporation (Eastern Aircraft Division) at Trenton,NJ for the US Navy in 1945, and accepted by the US Navy on the 24Jul1945.
It was immediately placed into storage at Tillamook Naval Air Station,OR. The aircraft was subsequently struck off US Navy charge on the 28Feb46.
The aircraft went through a series of private owners between 1946 and 1975, and in 1975 it was placed on display at the Chennault Air Museum,CA.
This is where it stayed until 1992, when it was moved to Chino for overhaul to airworthy condition by Fighter Rebuilders. The first post restoration flight took place in January 1993.
The aircraft was acquired by The Fighter Collection in 1993 and shipped to Duxford in April of the same year.
It currently wears the scheme of a Fleet Air Arm Wildcat on board HMS Tracker in 1944."
Engine: Wright Aeronautical Corp R1820-56WA
Propellor: Curtiss Electric C-53250
Year Built:1944


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A friendly wave!

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Goodyear Corsair FG-1D 'KD345/A' (G-FGID) in Royal Navy c/s. Manufactured in 1945.
More details on my page England 2017

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Quite possibly the only P-51 Mustang in RAF colours!

North American P-51D Mustang GA-S
Operator: Norwegian Spitfire Foundation
Year of Manufacture: 1944
Powered by: Rolls Royce Merlin
Colour Scheme: KH774 'GA-S' No.112 Squadron (Shark mouth) 44-11602

This aircraft was manufactured in 1944 for the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) and registered with military serial number 44-73877. She did not see combat action during WWII.
During 1951 she was delivered to the Royal Canadian Air Force, where she served until 1958.
From 1958 to 1980 the aeroplane was flown by various private owners.
After an extensive rebuild from 1980 to 1985 she was registered N167F and bore the 'Old Crow' colour scheme of Col. Clarence Anderson, who's signature remains on the left undercarriage door panel !

In 2012 she was purchased by a UK owner and delivered to the UK in August that year. Since then the aeroplane has been overhauled and refitted, she is now in the colour scheme of Lt. Blanchford, RAF 112 Squadron which operated from Italy in 1945 on ground attack missions over the Balkans and along the Adriatic coast.

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Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B, 'Z7015 / 7-L Royal Navy' of The Shuttleworth Collection.
Full details on my ENGLAND 2017 page

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Hawker Hurricane XII, 'P3700 RF-E (RAF)'

Hawker Hurricane XII 'Z5140' (G-HURI)
Aircraft Type: Hawker Hurricane Mk.IIa
Operator: Historic Aircraft Collection Ltd
Manufactured: 1942
owered by: RR Packard built Merlin 29.  1,460hp
Colour Scheme: Mk1 P3700, coded RF-E. No. 303 (Polish) Sqdn.

Hurricane Mk.XIIa 5711 (G-HURI) was rebuilt in the 1980's from the best original Hurricane parts sourced, in the previous 10 years, from all over Canada.
It was given the identity of aircraft CCF c/n 72036 as that aircraft was the source of the airframe used in the rebuild. RCAF 5711 had been built in 1942 by the Canadian Car & Foundry as part of their 6th production batch and joined the Royal Canadian Air Force in 1943.

It made its first post-restoration flight in 1989, painted in RAF markings as 'Z3781', coded XR-T of No.71 Eagle Squadron.
The Historic Aircraft Collection (HAC) acquired the Hurricane in 2002 and after undergoing an 18 month extensive programme of repairs and maintenance, the Hurricane reappeared in an entirely new paint scheme for 2004: 'Z5140' coded HA-C of No.126 Sqdn - the paint scheme that was worn by a Gloster-built Hurricane IIB, which flew with No.126 Squadron during the siege of Malta.
In August 2012 she flew to Moscow to display in their centenary airshow.
For the 75th anniversary in 2015 of the Battle of Britain, G-HURI was repainted in the RAF markings as 'P3700', a Hurricane Mk1, coded RF-E of No.303 (Polish) Sqdn. P3700 was abandoned by Sgt. Kazimierz Wunsche over Poynings, Kent on 09Sep1940 after sustaining damage from a Bf 109 during combat over Beachy Head.


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Hawker Sea Hurricane, 'R4118 UP-W', of the The Shuttleworth Collection

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Hawker Hurricane Mk.1, 'P-SW P3717', is a new resident at The Shuttleworth Collection

The 09May2017 saw the much-rumoured arrival of a new resident at The Shuttleworth Collection in the shape of Battle of Britain veteran Hawker Hurricane P3717.
This bringing the strength of resident airworthy Hurricanes at the Old Warden Airfield to 3, a number which we believe is not equalled anywhere else in the world! That day also saw final confirmation that the aircraft has not been sold to an overseas buyer and that she will remain in the UK.
P3717 is privately owned and has been placed with the collection to serve as a living reminder of the sacrifice and valour of the young men who flew the type during the second World War.

P3717 joins the much treasured R4118 and Hawker Sea Hurricane and will be seen flying at the upcoming Collection air show's this season.

P3717 was built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd as one of 544 Hurricanes built as part of the 3rd production batch. It was taken on charge by the Royal Air Force in June 1940 and was delivered to newly formed No.253 Squadron at Kirtön-in-Lindsey on 13Jul1940. Three days later on the 16th of July, a Polish Pilot Officer, W. Samolinski would report to the Squadron, He would be flying P3717, when, less than 7 weeks later, the aircraft was heavily damaged in combat with Messerschmitt Bf110's
By the end of July, the Battle of Britain was in full swing and in anticipation of the inevitable requirement, No.253 Sqdn were brought up to operational status, moving from Kirton to Turnhouse on July 21st, then to Prestwick on August 23rd and finally into the thick of things on August 29th when the squadron arrived at RAF Kenley - one of the key 11 Group sector fighter stations.

P3717 was being flown by P/O Samolinski, when on the 30th August it was one of 13 aircraft participating in a squadron scramble at 10.50am and ordered to patrol over Maidstone, ready to face any threat to its Kenley base.
When no attack on Kenley materialised, No.253 Sqdn were vectored towards Brighton.
It seems that a dogfight between elements of No.253 and aircraft of Albert Kesselring's Luftflotte 2 broke out over Redhill in Surrey. P3717, flown by Samolinski was involved in this and Samolinski claimed and was officially credited for the destruction of a Bf110 in this action.
P3717 made it back to Kenley, but not before one of the enemy aircraft had damaged it and to such an extent that it had to be returned to the manufacturers for significant repairs; these repairs took time and once complete P3717 was reissued to No.257 Squadron, to see further service.
It was later returned for major works a second time, and modified to Mk.2 standard, after which it was then sent to Russia (!) from where it was recovered in the late 1990's.
The restoration to flying condition has taken over 10 years to accomplish and was only completed in March of 2017! www.shuttleworth.org/news/new-resident-hurricane-at-shuttleworth/


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Hawker Hurricane, 'P2902 R-DX' (G-ROBT)

This aircraft, Hurricane Mk.I, serial P2902, was built by Gloster Aircraft during 1939-1940, under contract number 962371/38/C.23a.
It first flew on or around 20Oct1939.
By May 1940, it was operational with No.245 Fighter Squadron, based at Drem on the East Coast of Scotland and tasked with shipping protection patrols.
Carrying the code DX and the individual code R for Robert, the aircraft was crash landed on a beach in Dunkirk in 1940, after engaging two Messerschmitt 109s. (This reminds of a Spitfire scene in the film 'Dunkirk'!).

There it remained until recovered by French enthusiasts in 1988.
It was obtained some time later by warbird operator Rick Roberts, who employed the services of several restorers before finally engaging Hawker Restorations.
We see here its splendid result!
See: hawkerrestorations.co.uk/restoration/hawker-hurricane-g-robt/


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The deHavilland DH.88 Comet was a two-seat, twin-engined aircraft developed specifically to participate in the 1934 England-Australia MacRobertson Air Race from the United Kingdom to Australia.
Development of the DH.88 had been initiated at the behest of British aviation pioneer Geoffrey de Havilland, along with the support of de Havilland's board, being keen to garner prestige from producing the victorious aircraft as well as to gain from the research involved in producing it.
The DH.88 was designed by Arthur Ernest Hagg around the specific requirements of the race; Hagg produced a relatively innovative design for the era in the form of a stressed-skin cantilever monoplane, complete with an enclosed cockpit, retractable undercarriage, landing flaps, and variable-pitch propellers.

A total of three DH.88s were produced for the race, all for private owners at the discounted price of £5,000 per aircraft.
The aircraft underwent a rapid development cycle, performing its maiden flight only 6 weeks prior to the MacRobertson Air Race itself.
Comet G-ACSS 'Grosvenor House' emerged as the winner. (DC-2 PH-AJU 'Uiver' won the handicap race).
Two further examples were later built. The DH.88 went on to establish a multitude of aviation records, both during the race and in its aftermath, as well as participating in further races.
Several examples were bought and evaluated by national governments, typically as mail planes.
Two DH.88s, G-ACSS and G-ACSP, survived into preservation, while a number of full-scale replicas have also been constructed.

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G-ACSS 'Grosvenor House'

This DH.88 won the 1934 England to Australia Air Race in 70 hours and 54 minutes.
After the DH88's success, G-ACSS was evaluated by the RAF with the serial number K5084 and appeared as such in the 1936 Hendon Pageant. It suffered several accidents in the hands of the RAF and was eventually sold as scrap. However, it was rescued when bought by F. Tasker and restored at Essex Aero Ltd at Gravesend. Renamed 'The Orphan' it gained 4th place in the England-Damascus Air Race of 1937.
After this G-ACSS was renamed yet again and as 'The Burberry' set a new record for the out-and-back times to the Cape, and also set a record when it travelled from England to New Zealand and home again in only 10 days: 21 hours and 22 minutes.

After these record breaking flights G-ACSS was abandoned at Gravesend and spent WWII stored there.
DeHavilland apprentices statically restored it for the 1951 Festival of Great Britain, where it was displayed hanging from the roof.
It was given to the Shuttleworth Collection in 1965 and a restoration to flying condition was begun. About 50 organisations supported the project and restoration was carried out first at RAE Farnborough and then at the British Aerospace works at Hatfield. This culminated in the 1st flight in 49 years on Sunday 17May1987.

Following the closure of Hatfield in 1994 the aircraft returned to Old Warden where, initially, the runway was too short to allow safe operation. The runway was lengthened by 1999 but then, in 2002, the Comet suffered undercarriage failure when landing after its first test flight...
Research showed that, as originally designed, the legs were liable to failure under certain conditions.
Subsequently modifications to the structure were approved and implemented and the aircraft flew again. After successful test flights on 01Aug2014 it is now a regular performer at Shuttleworth air displays.


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There is also a Land Warfare collection, but once more I failed to find the time to go there.

Flying Legends goes airborne...

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Grumman FM-2 Wildcat, 'JV579/F' (G-RUMW)

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N.A. P-51D Mustang 'KH774 GA-S' (G-SHWN) in fine display of No.112 Squadron colours

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Spitfire XVIII , 'SM845 / R' - No.28 Sqdn (G-BUOS) of Spitfire Ltd. In this different c/n one almost forgets it is a 'Spit'!
This Spitfire was built at Chattis Hill in 1945 and then shipped to India, initially to serve with the RAF there and then to
the Indian Air Force. This aircraft was one of 8 Spitfires recovered from India in 1977. Unfortunately in 2008, as SE-BIN,
it crashed at Tynset in Norway, when the aircraft veered off the runway during landing... killing the pilot!
Another restoration, painted as a No. 28 Squadron aircraft that served in Hong Kong during July 1950, has led to
her return to the air in Flying Legends edition of 2014. From: www.spitfireaircraftco.com/progress1.html

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Spitfire FR Mk.XIVe, 'MV293 J-EJ'(G-SPIT)

MV293 [G-SPIT] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV, displays as 'MV268'. It which was Wing Commander Johnny Johnson's last personal aircraft while he was commanding No.144 Wing.
In other photos one may be able to discern the 'clipped wings'.
Codes JE-J are that of Johnny Johnson's initials!
From: www.airpixbycaz.co.uk/cazsite/aviation/warbirds/spitfires/part01/spit015.html
Recently read this contribution on a forum:
"In 1940 the Spitfire Mk.III was flown and it had a short wingspan, it did not enter service but led directly to the clipped wings of the Spitfire Mk.V in 1941.
The Spitfire Mk.XIV could have standard or clipped wings and it was fast enough to catch the V 1 Germany's weapon of mass destruction'. At the height the V 1 rocket flew the Spitfire Mk XIV was faster.
The Mk.XIV's used higher boost, which increased the speed at low level considerably, clipped wings did help!"


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Supermarine Spitfire T.9, 'PV202 5R-H' (H-5R, +Bremont-titles) in a roaring take off!
Its history has been detailed in full on my page ENGLAND 2017 [Search by: Ctrl+F, type: Bremont]

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Curtiss P-40C Warhawk, '160-10AB' (G-CIIO). Its detailed history you'll find in full on my page ENGLAND 2017

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Curtiss H75 (P-36) Hawk, 'No.82 / 8' - retracting its gear on take off

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The Fighter Collection's Merlin-engined P-40F 'X-17' Lee's Hope' is 1 of only 2 left airworthy anywhere in the world!
More details on this aircraft earlier on this page.

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Spitfire LF Mk.Vb, 'BM597 JH-C', on take off with canopy open: must be quite an exciting roar for the pilot!
Details of this Supermarine Spitfire, G-MKVB with 'Poland' markins, you'll find on my page IWM Duxford 2017.

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Hawker Fury Mk.II, 'SR661' (G-CBEL) - on a fast fly by!

One of the main stars in the 2015 edition of Flying Legends airshow at Duxford was this newly arrived and freshly painted Hawker Fury Mk.II SR661.
This Fury Mk.II had previously been based in Australia as VH-SFW, for a few years, but had also already been based in the UK for many years prior (also reg'd G-CBEL), all of it in an overall metallic-blue paint scheme. Recently, having been sold again, the aircraft's engine was overhauled and the airframe refurbished, and following that work it was flight tested while still in Australia back in April.
Shortly thereafter the aircraft was crated-up and shipped to the UK, arriving at Air Leasing at Sywell just weeks before Flying Legends 2015.
Just a couple days ago before the event, the aircraft emerged at Air Leasing, fully assembled and now repainted in the distinct and accurate markings of the first prototype Sea Fury, SR661.
The aircraft was again reg'd as G-CBEL, as it had been prior to going to Australia.
The aircraft was flown to Duxford, where it just on time to perform Duxford's airshow, piloted by Richard Grace.
From: www.sim-outhouse.com/.../showthread.php/...

More on Richard Grace see further down (the Grace Spitfire)

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A fine display by the Grumman Bearcat, '121714 / 201 - B'. Details of G-RUMM earlier on this page.

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Supermarine Spitfire, RR232

Found this Daily Mail article online (from 2013):
"A businessman who spent £1million building a classic World War II Spitfire with parts found around the world, has spoken of his joy at seeing it take to the skies after 13 years!
The iconic WW2 fighter plane was meticulously pieced together after its fuselage was rescued by the 51-year-old Martin Phillips a decade ago.
Mr Phillips (from Newton St Cyres, Exeter) had been challenged to build his own Spitfire by friends who gave him a single rivet from the aircraft..."

From: www.warbirdsonline.com.au/2016/03/28/.../
This Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk.9 was imported into Australia and then rebuilt to static standard and then made its way to the UK where it was finally rebuilt to fly again.
It was fairly unusual in the 1980’s in that the aircraft was not an Australian sourced machine as most of the wrecks and restorations in Australia at that time were Mk.IIIV or Mk.V ex RAAF sourced aircraft.
This aircraft was sold by Supermarine and delivered to the South African Air Force (SAAF) as 5632.
It was brought on charge in May 1949 and served a quiet life until retired and scrapped in Jan 1954."

Read on further down...

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Spitfire RR232 (G-BRSF) showing its port side

History off RR232 continued...
"Peter Sledge of Sydney sourced the wreck of this aircraft (by then only a bare fuselage) from South Africa in 1976 from the famous South African Metal & Machinery Co., Salt River, and Cape Town, South Africa group of wrecks.

Peter spent the period from 1976 to 1984 completing a full static rebuild of the aircraft which was then placed on display at the FAA Museum Nowra, NSW from 1985-1986. Peter used parts sourced from many places to complete the aircraft including wings from Thailand.
The engine was in fact not a Spitfire Merlin but was an RAAF Avro Lincoln unit which caused a little problem in the restoration process as it was a bit too long for the usual cowlings!

As is the case with many Australian based Spitfire projects, RR232 was purchased by UK interests and in 1986 it made its way to the collection of the late Charles Church, Micheldever, UK from 1986-1989. In 1989 RR232 passed to Sussex Spraying Services, Ltd, Shoreham, Nov. 22, 1989-1995.

In 2001 the aircraft passed on to Martin Phillips of Newton St Cyres, Devon UK and fully restored to flight as
G-BRSF and flew on 18Dec2012."
By John Parker (2016) on www.warbirdsonline.com.au/2016/03/28/.../


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Spitfire 'ML407' (code 'OU-V') with 'JLT' markings ( sponsor, insurance brokers)
The 'Grace Spitfire' has been displayed successfully for the past 30+ years and is available to everyone...
Details on www.ml407.co.uk . The Grace Spitfire is available for airshows but also for private events!

Carolyn Grace has been flying displays for 25 years. Her display in ML407 is described as balletic as she loops, cubans, rolls and presents every possible angle of the Spitfire to the spectator!
She's flown displays at Proms Concerts for 16 years in various parts of the United Kingdom. Carolyn takes great care in choreographing the flying manoeuvres to suit the music that is being played by the live Orchestra. The music varies depending on the event and is often the emotive William Walton’s Spitfire Prelude and Fugue, Elgar’s Nimrod and Coates’ Dambusters March.... Esspecially in a setting sun that must be an experience to behold!

Richard Grace has been flying displays for 10 years. His display in the Grace Spitfire is described as dynamic incorporating reverse half cubans, full cubans loops, rolls and also showing to the spectator all the inconic shapes of the Spitfire.

Pete Kynsey has been flying displays for 30 years in many different high performance and light aircraft. His expertise is renowned.

Dave Puleston has been flying displays in many types of aircraft for 18 years. He brings a wealth of display flying experience to his flying.

Besides at airfied the Grace Spitfire has performed its display at sights such as Highclere Castle, Blenheim Palace, Hatfield House, Burghley House, Althorp House, Audley End House, Ragley Hall, Blickling Hall, and many more...

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Simply impressive, isn't it!?

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Bearcat 201/B and Fury Mk.II SR661 in a two-ship ''attack'

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Here we see Spitfire -QV and Blenheim YP-Q join forces

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Hawker Sea Hurricane 1B, 'Z7015 7-L'
Full details on Z7017 on my ENGLAND 2017 page

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Hawker Hurricane, 'P3717 SW-P'
Details earlier on this page.

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Hawker Sea Hurricane, 'R4118 UP-W', of the The Shuttleworth Collection

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Spitfire LF Mk.Vb 'BM597 JH-C' ('Poland') closing its aerial performance and is about to land

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Supermarine Seafire LF.IIIc, ‘PP972 - 11-5 - N’ (G-BUAR). Not sure if it is 11-5 or II-5? (EMAIL)

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Supermarine Spitfire, 'MH434 / B-ZD' - its history detailed earlier on this page.
This Spitfire is remarkably original, having never been subject to a re-build!

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Spitfire 'P7308 XR-D' decreasing speed after landing, flaps down
XR-D is one of the two Spits that perform together, synchronised flying in perfect harmony, with R9612/LC

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Hispano HA.1112-M1L Buchon, (G-AWHK) of Historic Flying Ltd on a fine take off, retracting the gear
Its history is detailed on my DUXFORD IWM & COLLECTIONS 2017 page

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Mustang 472216/M (code HO)

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Hawker Hurricane RF-E P3700 cleaning up the undercarriage. Its history detailed earlier on this page.

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Z7015 7-L

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Hawker Hurricane Mk XIIa,'P3700 RF-E' (G-HURI). See it flying on my DUXFORD IWM 2017 page!

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R4114 UP-W

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These Spitfires with their two-tone undersides are Spitfires Mk.Ia 'P7308 XR-D' (G-AIST) and (G-CGUK) 'R9612 / LC'

Spitfire F Mk.Ia - P7308 XR-D (G-AIST) and R9612 / LC (G-CGUK)
Based at Duxford Airfield, previously at the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar, Biggin Hill, Kent.
Spitfire F Mk.Ia (G-AIST) was acquired by Group Captain Allen H. Wheeler on 25Oct1946. In 1968 it flew in the film Battle of Britain. In April 1989 it was acquired by Sheringham Aviation. In 2002 it underwent another restoration, repainted with 57 OTU colours, and coded "JZ-E". It underwent a repaint in early 2013 and emerged as 'P7308 / XR-D' of 71 'Eagle' Sqdn.
From: en.wikipedia.org:_List_of_surviving_Supermarine_Spitfires


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The Grace Spitfire T.9, 'ML407 V-OU' ('JLT') passes the crowd in a low fly-by

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As promised, the Hurricanes grouped together as on active patrol

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The Fighter Collection's Merlin-engined P-40F 'X-17' Lee's Hope', in the lead, is 1 of only 2 left airworthy anywhere in the world!
More details on this aircraft earlier on this page. And Hispano HA.1112-M1L Buchon, (G-AWHK) of Historic Flying Ltd , its
history is detailed on my DUXFORD MUSEUM & COLLECTIONS 2017 page.

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A vintage rendition of two Spitfires turning in tight formation
'P7308 XR-D', synchronised flying in perfect harmony with R9612/LC

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The 4 Hurricanes showing once more what a unique display we have here at Duxford!

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WW2 remembered in a harmlwess way, with a formation of Hurricanes leading 3 Spitfires and the Bristol Blenheim.
A worthy tribute to those who fought for our freedom, fought off tyranny; history which in our times is worthy to of remembering

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Former Classic Flight deHavilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide G-AIDL (c/n 6968) was reg'd to Cirrus Aviation on behalf of Classic Wings on 26Nov2015.
Still sporting her RAF colours, serial TX310 and named 'Nettie', the aircraft entered Classic Wings service at Duxford during the Spring of 2016, flying alongside the company's other Rapides, G-AIYR (c/n 6676, painted as HG691) and G-AKIF (c/n 6838).
Classic Wings offers both local pleasure flights from Duxford and tours over Cambridge and London in their fleet of 4 Tiger Moths and 3 Dragon Rapides.
The company undertakes most of its maintenance at Clacton Aerodrome.

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deHavilland DH.89A Dragon Rapide, 'HG691' (G-AIYR; c/n 6676) of Classic Wings
HG691 is painted in silver RAF Training Command colourscheme

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Beech D18 S N223CM and DC-3 N431HM await their turn for their aerial display

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Douglas DC-3 N431HM (c/n 9995;'Swissair')

Its homebase is, as I have it, normally at Dubendorf in Switzerland and N431HM is owned by one Mr Hugo Mathys.
The owner (and the funding for these splendid planes) may be linked to Mathys Medical Ltd bettlach...
From Wikipedia:
"Mathys Ltd Bettlach (formerly Mathys Medical), is a Swiss family business with headquarters in Bettlach, Switzerland. The company develops, produces and distributes implants for artificial joint replacement in the areas of hip, knee and shoulder as well as biomaterials for surgical treatment of bone defects (bone grafting).
Mathys employs over 560 workers, including in its 12 subsidiaries: Australia, Austria, Belgium, China, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom. With more than 30 local marketing partners, Mathys is represented all over the world.
Until today (2017), the company is in possession of the families Mathys and Marzo. Hugo Mathys, major shareholder, holds the positions of Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Robert Mathys Senior founded his company in 1946, specializing in the development and production of machines, equipment and components of special stainless and acid-resistant steels."

See my report D-DAY 75, DAKS OVER DUXFORD (2019) for a second DC-3 now owned by Hugo Mathys.

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On the left is Beech 18-3NMT N21FS (c/n CA-138) and on the right D18S N223CM.
Both seem to have the same owner and are based at Grenchen Airport in Switzerland.
Owner is one Hugh Mathys (but reg'd to Aircraft Guaranty Corporation, Trustee). Seems in 2017 N184KP joined.

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Beech D18S N223CM (CA-223 / A-873?) starting its engines. Same owner as N21FS, I believe.

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Beech 18 N21FS passing by, a wave shows enthusiastic spirits for a fine display

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Douglas DC-3 N431HM (c/n 9995) warming up its engines: radial power rules!
See how DC-3C (C-47A) N431HM particpated in 'D-Day 75' - Daks over Duxford, commemorating 75th D-Day anniversary

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Delivered to the USAAF as 42-24133 1943; modified DC-3 1945.
After various owners to Classic Air 22May86.
On 11Feb98 seen lh side colours/titles 'Alrodo Parfums', rh side regular Classic Air c/s.
Classic Air announced to cease by 31Oct03, had been operating HB-ISC since 1985; 'ISC expected to be operated by Ju-Air as from Spring 2004, while HB-ISB was to be sold abroad.
In early 2004 HB-ISC was reported in classic Swissair c/s.
A photo showed it flying at Bern 26Jun04.
Ferried Berne-//-Quebec during Oct.2010.
Reg'd 13Dec10 Aircraft Guaranty Corporation, Trustee, Onalaska,TX N431HM.
Reported at Newquay,UK on 26Jul13,
Normally based Dubendorf,Suisse and owned by Hugh Mathys.

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All three hail from Switzerland and are maintained to perfection

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N21FS & N223CM escorting the 'Crossair' DC-3 in a fine fly by

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A few more images of propliners here. Top left is DC-3 LN-WND from Dakota Norway.
A 3rd DC-3, SE-CFP 'Daisy' (Flygende Veteraner) did not make it, it had to undergo an unscheduled engine change at Lelystad,NL.

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Douglas DC-3 LN-WND of Dakota Norway

Douglas DC-3 (C-53D Skytrooper) Dakota LN-WND (c/n 11750) that the Dakota Norway Foundation owns and flies, is ex/ USAAF 42-68823 and was delivered to the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) by the end of June 1943.
In 1948 she was purchased by Finnair and flew with the airline until 1969, reg'd OH-LCG.
After her service with Finnair she was taken over by the Finnish Air Force, and used as the personal aircraft of President Kekonnen, serial DO-9.
Since August 1986, the Dakota is flown in Norway where it is registered as LN-WND.

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Douglas DC-3 LN-WND of Dakota Norway

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Catalina G-PBYA in a fine display

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Anno 2019 Europe only has two flying Catalina, Britain's own Canso A G-PBYA 'Miss Pick Up' and Canso A N315KM at Tatoi, Greece (made airworthy in 2019 and for sale).
The other, currently non-airworthy, airframes extant in Europe are as follows with their most recent identities shown:
  • PBY-6A L-861 at Stauning in Denmark
  • PBY-6A L-866/8466M at RAF Cosford, England
  • Canso A F-ZBAR (dumped nose only) at Rochefort-Soubise, France
  • PBY-6A HK-2115P in the vicinity of Oldenburg, Germany
  • PBY-5A 16-212 at Soesterberg, Holland
  • PBY-6A C-FIZO at Bodø, Norway
  • PBY-5A L-857 at Sola/Stavanger, Norway
  • PBY-5A EC-693 at Cuatro Vientos, Madrid, Spain
  • PBY-6A N24VP under restoration to fly at Ocaña, Spain
  • Canso A Fv47001 at Malmslätt, Sweden.
    So, a tally of 12 is not at all bad although, potentially, both N315KM and N24VP will depart Europe once they have flown again... [Source ¬www.catalina.org.uk/2019/11/01/world-catalina-news-november-2019]

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    Consolidated PBY-5A Catalina, '433915' (G-PBYA)
    Full history on my page ENGLAND 2017

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    Hello, I can see you...

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    Bristol Blenheim Mk.I 'Q-YP' (G-BPIV)

    • Aircraft Type: Bristol Blenheim Mk.I
    • Operator: Aircraft Restoration Company
    • Year of Manufacture: 1934
    • Powered by: 2 x Bristol Mercury XV Radial Piston Engines rated at 905hp
    • Colour Scheme: 23 Squadron RAF

    The Bristol Blenheim Mk.I is a truly unique British aircraft. Designed as a small airliner in the early 1930s by Frank Barnwell, Chief Designer of the Bristol Aircraft Company, it was funded by Lord Rothermere who named it ‘Britain First’. It proved much faster than the latest biplane fighters, with a speed of over 300mph, and Rothermere promptly donated it to the nation.
    Barnwell then redesigned the aircraft as a bomber and it became the first stressed skin aircraft with hydraulic actuated undercarriage, flaps and turret to be accepted by the RAF. It was the fastest bomber of the day.
    At the start of WWII the RAF had 1089 Blenheim’s in service, more than any other type.

    The Blenheim bore the brunt of daylight operations during the early war years, whilst other bombers were switched to night operations, and the crews paid a heavy price.
    Many Blenheim’s were lost not only to fighters but to anti-aircraft fire especially when attacking ships. Even so it was well liked by its crews and Churchill paid homage to their bravery comparing them to the ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’.
    The Blenheim was pressed into many roles for which it was not primarily designed, such as long range and night fighter duties. It became the first radar equipped night fighter and got the first kill using that equipment.
    The first Blenheim project a Canadian licensed built MKIV, which they called Bolingbroke, was recovered in a derelict state and restored to fly after a 12 year rebuild by a small dedicated team.
    It made its debut in May 1987, only to be destroyed in an accident exactly one month later! The accident was not due to a mechanical fault.
    Determined not to be without a Blenheim, another airframe was found and the same team gave themselves 5 years to complete the project. The aircraft was flying in May 1993 and it became the only flying example of a Blenheim.

    Read on below...

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    .... Continued

    "Flying for 10 years from Duxford on behalf of the late Graham Warner, the aircraft was well known on the air show circuit and flew with great success building an enviable serviceability record amongst the vintage aircraft fraternity.
    In August 2003 the aircraft suffered an accident, whilst landing at Duxford and suffered significant damage.
    The aircraft was dismantled with the ownership subsequently transferring to 'Blenheim (Duxford) Ltd' in Dec.2003.
    It was decided that the aircraft could be repaired and work started with a team jointly made up of full time staff and the original and some new volunteers. Initially work concentrated on the centre section and fuselage and it was at this stage a
    A feasibility study was carried out to see if the aircraft could be converted to Blenheim Mk.I status. A Mk.I nose had come into possession of the team and the decision was made to go ahead with the conversion.
    The conversion did cause some headaches: while the main flying controls are in the same position in the British and Canadian variants, it is in the positioning of the ancillary controls (e.g. throttles, pitch, carburetor and hydraulic controls) and the positioning of instruments plus the rerouting of hydraulic and electrical lines that would take additional time.

    The Mk.I nose had been donated to the team and had an interesting history in its own right; it had been obtained by a Bristol employee Ralph Nelson after WWII and converted to a car... He had mounted it on an Austin Seven chassis and with help of colleagues completed the conversion. The car was battery powered and he drove the vehicle around Bristol until 1957 when it was damaged by fire.
    The conversion necessitated the nose being modified to create doors and interior fittings so basically destroyed the stress skin construction, so after jigging to maintain its integrity a considerable amount of manufacture of new airframe parts had to be carried out including reskinning.
    Fortunately Ralph had kept a considerable amount of the interior fittings and most of the control systems including the seat and these were refurbished and refitted.

    A data plate in the nose revealed its build number and that it had been built by AVRO. Contact with Avro’s heritage Centre showed that the aircraft serial was L6739, being issued to No.23 Squadron on 02Sep1939.
    It fought throughout the Battle of Britain as a night fighter before being struck off charge in Dec.40 after being damaged.
    Further research revealed that it had carried the codes YP-Q '(!) and a photo was found of it ground running at Wittering in Feb.1940.
    This has enabled the aircraft to be painted in the authentic colours worn in 1939-1940 and fitted with the
    Mk.I(f) gun pack.

    The Mercury engines were overhauled in house being stripped down to their component parts and checked for wear and damage and reassembled. All ancillary items, such as magnetos, carburettors, pumps and the many items that make up the engines
    , were thoroughly examined & checked for airworthiness before being fitted.
    After 11 years of painstaking work, on the 20Nov2014 Chief Pilot John Romain and James Gilmour (as Flight Engineer) took Blenheim Mk.I(f) on its maiden flight at Duxford and performed a successful 26 minute test flight.
    The Blenheim received its full Permit to fly at the end of 2014, enabling the aircraft to be ready for the 2015 season."
    From: www.arc-duxford.co.uk/restorations/blenheim/


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    Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress, 124485 'Memphis Belle'
    B17 483546

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    Anyone you know..?

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    The Memphis Belle aircraft you see flying today is what is widely considered 'the Movie Memphis Belle'.
    This particular aircraft has no combat history and serves to honor the original crew and aircraft.
    You will notice 'the Movie Memphis Belle' has a cursive Memphis Belle on the nose, instead of the original block letters!

    B-17 Flying Fortress G-BEDF Sally B is the last remaining airworthy B-17 in Europe. She is based in the UK from where she flies regularly at air shows, memorial flypasts and commemorative events as a memorial to the USAAF in Europe. Since 1982,
    Sally B has been operated by Elly Sallingboe of B-17 Preservation with the help of a dedicated team of volunteers and the backing of one of the largest supporters clubs of its kind in the world – 'the Sally B Supporters Club'. Sally B is maintained by Chief Engineer Peter Brown and his team of volunteers, and flown by volunteer experienced professional pilots.

    Sally B is permanently based at the Imperial War Museum Duxford where she is on static display when not flying. However, the aircraft is not part of the Museum’s own collection and relies solely on charitable donations, sponsorship, sales of souvenirs, and the loyal support of her working team of volunteers and 8,000 Supporters Club Members.

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    Boeing B-17G 'Memphis Belle, '124485 DF-A' (G-BEDF, ex/ USAAF 44-85784)

    Ron Mak photographed it, also at Duxford, in 1991; check Ron's Gallery #3.

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    Bomb bays open!

    Built as a Boeing B-17G-105-VE (c/n 8693), the future Sally B, was one of the last to be constructed by the Lockheed-Vega plant at Burbank,CA.
    Accepted by the United States Army Air Force (USAAF) as 44-85784 on 19Jun1945, it was too late to see war service, and was flown to Nashville for modifications. Converted for training purposes and re-designated TB-17G, it was based at Wright Field (now Wright-Patterson AFB), OH from November that year.
    Continuing in the care of 2750th Air Base Group (ABG), ‘784 was selected for use as a research vehicle and in 1949 allocated EB-17G status. As such the B-17 was used in a variety of research roles, one of the most bizarre being the addition of a man-carrying pod on the starboard wingtip!
    Also fitted at the time was an infra-red tracking device in place of the Perspex nose.
    These trials continued for some years in a variety of guises and it was not until 1954 that ‘784 was returned to standard configuration, less armaments, at Hill AFB in Utah.
    No details have emerged of the trials which this aircraft was involved in.

    In France the Institut Géographique National (IGN) had purchased several Boeing B-17s after the war, for survey and mapping work, and added others as necessary; ‘784 arrived in November 1954 and was given the French registration F-BGSR. Based at Creil, these aircraft carried out work for the French government, and others, faithfully for many years.
    As they entered the 1970s it was apparent that the cost of operating the Flying Fortresses was getting prohibitive, also spares were becoming something of a problem. The IGN replaced the B-17s with other aircraft, including the purpose-built Hurel-Dubois HD.34.

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    The Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress boring down on the audience

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    We remember those who paid the ultimate price for our freedom





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    Until we meet again...



    Duxford air show
    Volunteers are priceless at such events.

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    The photo I probably liked best today....!?!


    ENGLAND 2017


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