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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Thu Jun 18, 2020 4:22 pm

The People’s Mosquito has just announced the latest update in their fundraising campaign, dubbed Operation Jericho, and what these funds have already initiated. They began this campaign just ten weeks ago, and have raised more than a third of the £250,000 budget to complete both of the fuselage moulds for their deHavilland Mosquito project, along with money for construction of the fuselage itself. They have added more in the interim, and Retrotec are making real progress with the construction of the moulds as well. We thought our readers would enjoy reading their update and consider contributing themselves…
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Sun Jun 21, 2020 4:50 pm

Triple "Double Trouble"

North American TF-51 Mustang 44-73781 (D-FTSI) has found a new owner. This Mustang has been flying around Europe in its original post-war USAAF colours with buzz-code TF-781 since 2008. It was at that time imported by Meier Motors of Bremgarten (Germany), who have maintained it ever since. Recently, D-FTSI was sold and its new owner wanted a new livery that of WW II Mustang "Double Trouble Two". The aircraft still carries the original serial 44-73781 and "Trouble’s" code SX-B. It was meticulously painted on by Meier, followed by thorough polishing by Airglaze Aviation GmbH. The original wartime "Double Trouble Two" was 44-63684, the personal aircraft of Lt Col William B Bailey. He was assigned to the 350the Fighter Squadron / 353rd Fighter Group of the 8th Air Force USAAF.

The "Double Trouble Two" colourscheme seems to be extremely popular as there are already TWO other Mustangs flying in the same livery. Tom Friedkin of Chino (CA) owns P-51D 44-73856 (N7TF) since 2007. Friedkin’s "Double Trouble Two" carries its own serial. Jerry Yagen of Virginia Beach (VA) owns Mustang 44-63507 (N51EA). It flies as 44-63684, the serial of the original "Double Trouble Two". European warbird enthusiasts may have encountered N51EA in the 1990s when this P-51 was flown by Max Vogelsang in Switzerland. It was sold to the USA in 2004.

One can wonder why an owner chooses a USAAF colourscheme that is already double in use. Adding another "Double Trouble Two" to the warbird scene might offer an increased challenge to distinguish the various machines from each other. So in a sense one could call it "Triple Trouble"!
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 9:57 pm

For Sale: 1951 Chance Vought F4U-5N Corsair registered as VH-III. This Corsair is based in Australia and underwent a 17 year restoration. It is extremely nice. 47 hrs since restoration. $3,450,000. For complete specifications see: https://www.platinumfighters.com/f4u5n
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jun 22, 2020 11:53 pm

Take a behind-the-scenes tour of the Commemorative Air Force Dixie Wing Warbird Museum at 4 p.m. EDT Wednesday, June 24 via a special livestream webcast.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Tue Jun 23, 2020 5:39 pm

Boeing Stearman Homecoming Tour 2021

A group of Stearman pilots, owners and enthusiasts from several European countries have teamed up in "The Boeing Stearman Homecoming Tour 2021" (BSHT 2021). One of the people involved is well-known Dutch Hans Nordsiek. He is the owner and pilot of Stearman N1922H "Old Crow".

The BSHT is planning a five month tour, crisscrossing the USA. The tour will start at Sun 'n Fun at Lakeland Airport (FL) on 13 April 2021, and will finish at Galesburg Municipal Airport (IL) on 6 September 2021. It intends to take the participating Stearmans from Lakeland Airport towards the Atlanta area (GA), westbound to San Diego (CA), following the coast to the San Francisco area, eastbound towards the Washington DC area, north to Boston (MA), via the Toronto area, northwest to Chicago (IL), visiting Oshkosh 2021 (WI), onward to Ottumwa Airfield (IA). There the attending biplanes will gather for the final flight to Galesburg (IL) to arrive during the National Stearman Fly In (NSFI) airshow on Sunday 6 September 2021.

During the weekend days on the visited airfields, the group plans to entertain the locals with a Stearman Special Programme. At Sun 'n Fun (Lakeland) and Air Venture (Oshkosh) the programme will be presented daily, as far as facilitated by the local organisation. The international organisation Magic Brothers World is on board this plan to supply inspiring and entertaining shows for children during the week days at local schools, institutes and hospitals, when no flying activities are undertaken.

At the moment the organisation has not revealed which Stearmans will participate. Although there is one exception; Netherlands based N1922H.
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Thu Jun 25, 2020 6:00 pm

An update on activity with the restoration of Avro Lancaster B.VII NX611 'Just Jane' at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre from a little while ago. They are making great strides to get the aircraft airworthy again!
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Mon Jun 29, 2020 6:08 pm

Over the past decade, the Connecticut Air & Space Center in Stratford, Connecticut has been hard at work restoring Goodyear-built FG-1D Corsair Bu.92460. It’s been a while since our last report on their progress, so we thought our readers would enjoy learning some of the most recent details of their work. The following is edited from their most recent update…
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Post by n33d4sp33d_85 » Tue Jun 30, 2020 1:15 am

We're proud to announce that a new unit is being formed in the Detroit area! The new Detroit Squadron is looking for people who may be interested in joining or learning more about the new unit. If you are, or know someone who may be, please click the link for details: https://bit.ly/3d7Jyau
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