Flight Journal http://www.flightjournal.com Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:33:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/06/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-446/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/06/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-446/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:29:21 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215826

1918 – The Finnish Air Force is founded. 1944 – Avro Lancasters and Handley Page Halifaxes of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command begin an offensive against the German transport network in occupied Europe, attacking railway yards in France. 1946 – Birth of Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, French Air Force pilot and CNES astronaut. 1994 – Death [...]

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1918 – The Finnish Air Force is founded.

1944 – Avro Lancasters and Handley Page Halifaxes of the Royal Air Force Bomber Command begin an offensive against the German transport network in occupied Europe, attacking railway yards in France.

1946 – Birth of Patrick Pierre Roger Baudry, French Air Force pilot and CNES astronaut.

1994 – Death of Birth of Melvin N. Gough,  American test pilot; he also was led flight research activities at NASA’s Langley Research Center, served as the director of NASA activities at the Atlantic Missile Range and was the head of the bureau of safety at the Civil Aeronautics Board.

2003 – First flight of the now AgustaWestland BA609, a twin-engined tiltrotor VTOL aircraft with a configuration similar to the Bell Boeing V-22 Osprey.

2009 – VT-XRM, the second NAL Saras transport prototype (shown) operated by the National Aerospace Laboratory, crashes 19 miles from Bengaluru International Airport, India, killing all three crew members.

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Pacific Fighters Making Progress on ‘BF 109′ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/06/pacific-fighters-making-progress-on-bf-109/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/06/pacific-fighters-making-progress-on-bf-109/#comments Fri, 06 Mar 2015 16:08:45 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215822

Not content to sit on their laurels following the marvelous restoration of the North American P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express,” Pacific Fighters is now hard at work on the restoration of Hispano Buchon C.4K-130 for Jack Erickson’s collection in Madras, Ore. The aircraft is one of a couple of dozen examples which Group Capt. Hamish Mahaddie acquired from the Spanish [...]

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Not content to sit on their laurels following the marvelous restoration of the North American P-51B Mustang “Berlin Express,” Pacific Fighters is now hard at work on the restoration of Hispano Buchon C.4K-130 for Jack Erickson’s collection in Madras, Ore.

The aircraft is one of a couple of dozen examples which Group Capt. Hamish Mahaddie acquired from the Spanish Air Force during the 1960s to serve as substitutes for their earlier cousin, the Messerschmitt Bf 109, in the movie “Battle of Britain.” After the movie shoot was complete, one of the pilots, the legendary Wilson “Connie” Edwards acquired the bulk of the remaining airframes, shipping them to his ranch in Big Spring, Texas.

Over the years, Edwards parted with most of the Buchons, selling the final six examples just recently. Jack Erickson bought his Buchon from Edwards back in 1989, and it’s been on static display at his museum for most of the intervening years.

For the complete story by WarbirdsNews, click here.

Photo by Pacific Fighters via WarbirdsNews.com

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/05/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-445/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/05/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-445/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 08:10:06 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215817

1912 – Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance west of Tripoli behind Turkish lines. 1936 – First flight of the Breguet 470 “Fulgur,” a French twin-engined monoplane airliner. 1943 – Death of Mitsugu Sawada, Japanese Sino-Japanese War and World War II flying ace; he is killed [...]

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1912 – Italian forces are the first to use airships for military purposes, employing them for reconnaissance west of Tripoli behind Turkish lines.

1936 – First flight of the Breguet 470 “Fulgur,” a French twin-engined monoplane airliner.

1943 – Death of Mitsugu Sawada, Japanese Sino-Japanese War and World War II flying ace; he is killed in action in his Nakajima Ki-43.

1943 – Beginning of the “Battle of the Ruhr,” a  five-month-long campaign of strategic bombing during World War II against the Ruhr area of Nazi Germany.

1962 – Birth of Robert Lee Curbeam, Jr., American U.S. Navy pilot and NASA astronaut.

2005 – Steve Fossett completes the first non-stop, solo circumnavigation of the world in the Virgin Atlantic GlobalFlyer (shown), completing the trip in just over 67 hours.

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Qantas to Retire Oldest 747 http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/05/quantas-to-retire-oldest-747/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/05/quantas-to-retire-oldest-747/#comments Thu, 05 Mar 2015 07:54:55 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215812

In a fitting retirement for its oldest Boeing 747-400 aircraft, if all goes to plan Qantas flight QF7474 is due to land at 7:47 a.m. on Sunday at the Illawarra Regional Airport near Wollongong, New South Wales. Four highly experienced Qantas pilots have already spent more than 25 hours in a flight simulator preparing for [...]

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In a fitting retirement for its oldest Boeing 747-400 aircraft, if all goes to plan Qantas flight QF7474 is due to land at 7:47 a.m. on Sunday at the Illawarra Regional Airport near Wollongong, New South Wales.

Four highly experienced Qantas pilots have already spent more than 25 hours in a flight simulator preparing for the tight landing, with Capt. Greg Matthews – the pilot in command on the day – having also scoped out the final approach path in a far smaller Piper Cherokee.

The 747-400 can normally fly for up to 16 hours – and in fact, this very aircraft once set a record for the world’s longest commercial flight for the longest ever commercial flight, non-stop from London to Sydney in 20 hours, 9 minutes and 5 seconds in August 1989. Its last flight was from Johannesburg to Sydney on January 14, after which the final crew signed their names on an internal wall.

For the complete story by Jaime Freed of Traveller, click here.

Photo by Phil Vabre via AirwaysMuseum.com

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/04/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-444/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/04/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-444/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 23:41:30 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215807

1915 – Zeppelin LZ33 (L8) crashes near Ostend, Belgium, after being hit by gunfire during a mission to strike Britain. 1944 – After the success of Big Week missions against the Luftwaffe over Germany, the U.S. Army Air Forces begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin. 1965 – Birth of Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov, former Russian [...]

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1915 – Zeppelin LZ33 (L8) crashes near Ostend, Belgium, after being hit by gunfire during a mission to strike Britain.

1944 – After the success of Big Week missions against the Luftwaffe over Germany, the U.S. Army Air Forces begins a daylight bombing campaign of Berlin.

1965 – Birth of Yury Valentinovich Lonchakov, former Russian Navy pilot and cosmonaut.

1979 – Death of Gladys McConnell, American movie actress and aviatrix.

2010 – First flight of the ATR-42-600 (shown), a French twin-turboprop, short-haul regional airliner; it is an improved version of the ATR-42 series.

2012 – A Yemen Air Force Antonov An-26 transport plane destroyed by an explosion on the ground at Sana’a International Airport.

 

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From the AW Archives: Broken Arrow http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/04/from-the-aw-archives-broken-arrow/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/04/from-the-aw-archives-broken-arrow/#comments Wed, 04 Mar 2015 22:22:39 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215800

The cancellation of the Avro Canada CF-105 interceptor in February 1959 was a traumatic event for Canada’s emerging aerospace industry. When Aviation Week reported on the fighter’s rollout, in October 1957, the magazine called it “a serious contender for the top military aircraft of the next several years”. High praise indeed, for a non-U.S. aircraft, [...]

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The cancellation of the Avro Canada CF-105 interceptor in February 1959 was a traumatic event for Canada’s emerging aerospace industry. When Aviation Week reported on the fighter’s rollout, in October 1957, the magazine called it “a serious contender for the top military aircraft of the next several years”. High praise indeed, for a non-U.S. aircraft, given that the XB-58 supersonic bomber was in flight test and that new aircraft in the works included the A-5 Vigilante and the F-4 Phantom.

But the Arrow was extraordinary, and more so, given that the industry that produced it was less than a decade old when the prototype contract was issued in March 1955. Avro Canada had been formed by Britain’s Hawker Siddeley Group after World War 2 and had quickly produced the CF-100 interceptor, the C-102 jet airliner (the world’s second to fly), and the CF-100′s Orenda engine, which was also fitted to Canadian-built Sabre fighters.

The CF-105 was a different kettle of fish entirely, designed to shoot down Soviet jet bombers over the Arctic, long before shorter-legged U.S. interceptors could touch them. Key requirements were a big radar, large missile load, long range and high speed, and agility at high speed and altitude. Translated: get out a long way quickly and accomplish multiple engagements before returning to refuel.

For the complete story by Bill Sweetman of Aviation Week, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/03/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-443/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/03/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-443/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 23:28:38 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215796

1887 – Birth of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II instructor. 1919 – Airplane builder William E. Boeing and Eddie Hubbard of Hubbard Air Service make the first international airmail flight from Seattle, Wash., to Victoria, B.C., Canada in a Boeing C-700 (Model 2) seaplane. 1926 – Air service [...]

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1887 – Birth of Josef Mai, German World War I fighter ace and World War II instructor.

1919 – Airplane builder William E. Boeing and Eddie Hubbard of Hubbard Air Service make the first international airmail flight from Seattle, Wash., to Victoria, B.C., Canada in a Boeing C-700 (Model 2) seaplane.

1926 – Air service to Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, begins when J.V. Elliot and A.H. Farringtron of Elliot Air Service flies two Curtiss JN-4s with a passenger in each from Hudson to Red Lake.

1974 – Turkish Airlines Flight 981, a DC-10, crashes into forest near Ermenonville, France, after the rear cargo hatch blows off, causing decompression and severing cables that leave the pilots with almost no control; 346 perish.

1986 – First flight of the Cessna Model 208B Super Cargomaster, an American single-turboprop engined cargo aircraft and an evolutionary model of the 208 series.

2003 – Death of Jerauld Richard “Jerry” Gentry (shown), U.S. Air Force test pilot and Vietnam War veteran; he also was the chief USAF pilot of the Lifting Body Research Program.

 

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AW609 to be Built in U.S. http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/03/aw609-to-be-built-in-u-s/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/03/aw609-to-be-built-in-u-s/#comments Tue, 03 Mar 2015 22:53:10 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215789

AgustaWestland announced Monday at the Helicopter Association International’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla., that the AW609 civil tiltrotor will be manufactured at its plant in Philadelphia, Pa., and that most flight test activity will be moving to the U.S. AgustaWestland also revealed significant payload and range improvements for the 609 that could potentially give it an max [...]

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AgustaWestland announced Monday at the Helicopter Association International’s annual convention in Orlando, Fla., that the AW609 civil tiltrotor will be manufactured at its plant in Philadelphia, Pa., and that most flight test activity will be moving to the U.S.

AgustaWestland also revealed significant payload and range improvements for the 609 that could potentially give it an max takeoff weight equal to or in excess of 17,500 pounds in STOL or running takeoffs and a standard maximum range without reserves of 750 nautical miles or 1,100 nautical miles with auxiliary fuel tanks. Maximum cruise speed will remain 275 knots at 25,000 feet.

Program manager Clive Scott said he expects the AW609 to be priced comparable to a conventional super-medium helicopter when customer deliveries begin in 2018 after anticipated FAA certification in late 2017. Scott expects the price to be announced by year’s end, and he added that a speculated price of $24 million “was not far off.” AgustaWestland is expected to announce a major offshore energy customer for the AW609 at 10:45 a.m. today, at an event at the company’s booth.

For the complete story by Mark Huber of AINonline, click here.

Photo via AINonline

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Volunteers to Restore ‘Looking Glass’ Bird http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/02/volunteers-to-restore-looking-glass-bird/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/03/02/volunteers-to-restore-looking-glass-bird/#comments Mon, 02 Mar 2015 07:11:39 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215779

Over the next two years, volunteers at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, Neb., plan to restore one of 12 Looking Glass airborne command centers that were an icon of the Cold War. Officially known as an Boeing EC-135C, the aircraft were to be used as a command center for U.S. nuclear forces [...]

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Over the next two years, volunteers at the Strategic Air and Space Museum near Ashland, Neb., plan to restore one of 12 Looking Glass airborne command centers that were an icon of the Cold War.

Officially known as an Boeing EC-135C, the aircraft were to be used as a command center for U.S. nuclear forces in the event ground-based command centers were destroyed or rendered inoperable in an attack by the Soviet Union. Looking Glass was the code name for the mission that began Feb. 3, 1961, at the former Strategic Air Command headquarters at Offutt Air Force Base near Bellevue. The planes flew around the clock until 1990.

“Looking Glass is kind of the calling card of the Cold War,” said museum spokeswoman Deb Hermann. “Members of these highly trained crews were dedicated to a mission of constant readiness status every minute of every day for 30 years.”

For the complete story by Algis Laukaitis of the Lincoln (Neb.) Journal Star, click here.

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On This Day in Aviation History http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/02/26/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-441/ http://www.flightjournal.com/blog/2015/02/26/on-this-day-in-aviation-history-441/#comments Thu, 26 Feb 2015 23:38:09 +0000 Mike Harbour http://www.flightjournal.com/?p=215774

1918 – Death of Giuseppe Ghislanzoni, World War I Italian pilot. 1928 – Birth of Anatoly Vasilyevich Filipchenko, Soviet fighter pilot, cosmonaut and twice Hero of the Soviet Union. 1941 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-3, crashes while landing at Atlanta, Ga., killing eight of 16 aboard; World War I hero and Eastern Air Lines president [...]

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1918 – Death of Giuseppe Ghislanzoni, World War I Italian pilot.

1928 – Birth of Anatoly Vasilyevich Filipchenko, Soviet fighter pilot, cosmonaut and twice Hero of the Soviet Union.

1941 – Eastern Air Lines Flight 21, a Douglas DC-3, crashes while landing at Atlanta, Ga., killing eight of 16 aboard; World War I hero and Eastern Air Lines president Eddie Rickenbacker is among the survivors.

1945 – First flight of the Sud-Ouest Bretagne, a French twin-engine airliner.

1979 – Production of the Douglas A-4 Skyhawk (Echo model shown) ends after 26 years with the delivery of the 2,690th and final aircraft to the U.S. Marine Corps.

2013 – A fire starts aboard a hot-air balloon SU-283 while landing near Luxor, Egypt, carrying 19 tourists, a tour guide, and its pilot. After the pilot and a passenger jump and survive, the balloon rises, drifts away and explodes. The remaining 19 passengers aboard perish, making it the deadliest hot-air balloon accident in history.

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