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Flightpath

May-Jun-Jul 2019

Flightpath is an upmarket magazine for devotees and owners of antique, classic and ex-military aeroplanes. It focuses on the preservation of our Australian Aviation heritage. Each issue of Flightpath covers the latest news on the recovery and restoration of antique, vintage and warbird aircraft in both museums and private collections. The ultimate aviation journal, Jane’s Historic Military Aircraft, recently rated Flightpath among the world’s top six historical aviation publications.

Country:
Australia
Language:
English
Publisher:
Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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IN THIS ISSUE

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striking spitfire on its way

Painted in 41 Squadron RAF markings: silver with a red ‘Cross of St. Omer’ to represent a Spitfire Mk.21 that competed in the 1947 Blackpool Air Races. A Spitfire that has been a star in the US since its arrival there in 2006 will now call Australia home. In a deal brokered by Platinum Fighter Sales (PFS), RN201, a Griffon-powered high-back Mk.XIVe, has been sold to a New South Wales buyer who wishes to remain anonymous. The aircraft will be based at Scone, NSW, under the care of Ross Pay’s Vintage Fighter Restorations. The performance of the Mk.XIV is thanks to its Rolls Royce Griffon 65 and Dowty Rotol five-blade propeller. RN201 has been restored to original W.W.II military configuration with the only departure being modern radios.…

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flightpath

Editor: Rob Fox Email: mail@robfoxphotography.com Contributing Editors: Michael Claringbould, James Kightly, Ron Watts, Andy Wright National Sales Manager: Andrew Murphy, Advertising Production: John Viskovich Email: johnviskovich@yaffa.com.au Marketing Manager: Sabarinah Elijah Marketing Executive: Simon Ancone YAFFA AVIATION GROUP: Australian Flying, Flightpath Publisher: Chris Yu Production Director: Matthew Gunn Art Director: Ana Maria Heraud Studio Manager: Lauren Esdaile Designer: Ruby Ren…

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temora joins the air force

RAAF heritage airborne, TAM founder David Lowy flying the Mk VIII Spitfire leads the museum's Vampire, Meteor and Canberra. Australia’s premier collection of airworthy historic aircraft has been donated to the Royal Australian Air Force. In this major move, it was announced that Defence (ADF) has entered into an agreement with the Temora Aviation Museum (TAM) to transfer ownership of eleven historically significant aircraft to the Royal Australian Air Force.‘Officially’ announced in a short post on social media on 18 April, the donated aircraft were listed as the English Electric Canberra, DH.115 Vampire, Gloster Meteor F.8, both Spitfires, Lockheed Hudson, CAC Wirraway, CAC Boomerang, Cessna A-37B Dragonfly, DH.82A Tiger Moth and the Ryan STM S2. The Cessna O-2, second Dragonfly (VHDLO), and a recently donated Tiger Moth will…

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historic dh.60 gipsy moth flies

The Gipsy Moth, VH-UQH, on finals to Archerfield. It was the first aircraft to land at Archerfield Airport on its opening day in April 1931. Following an on-and-off restoration started in the mid-eighties, the DH.60M Gipsy Moth VH-UQH made its first post-restoration flight at Caboolture, in the hands of co-owner Ed Field, on 8 April 2019. Ed found the aircraft and two logbooks among a shed full of Tiger Moth parts in the Western Australian wheatbelt town of Trayning almost forty years ago. The Moth was damaged in a cyclone in 1953 and stored, considered beyond repair. After researching VH-UQH and discovering its historic significance, Ed moved the aircraft’s remains to Melbourne, then Caboolture. The restoration to its 1930s splendour was completed by Complete Aircraft Care at Caboolture,…

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uk & australian naval air heritage changes

The Royal Navy Historic Flight’s two Swordfish, LS326 and W5658 in the air. The RAN Historic Flight’s airworthy Grumman S2 Tracker seen when flying at the 1992 Australian International Airshow, Avalon. Both Navy Historic Flights in the UK and Australia are undergoing significant change. In the UK, the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF) is transferring from Naval ownership and operation to the civilian Navy Wings charity organisation. The Navy Wings operation has supported the RNHF for the last 25 years with fundraising, finance and other aircraft operation. Currently the RNHF operate two Fairey Swordfish; a Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 and Sea Hawk FGA.6; and a DHC Chipmunk, and have been the Navy’s heritage air arm since 1972. In Australia the Navy decided they no longer wished to…

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sa auster on show

Auster VH-SEB refurbished, repainted and suspended in the Port Lincoln airport terminal. Unique Auster VH-SEB has appeared in the Port Lincoln airport terminal. Taylorcraft Auster Mk.V, RAF serial TW522, was used for (unsuccessful) floatplane trials in Singapore in 1946. Afterwards, it was sold to the Royal Singapore Flying Club, but wrecked. The fuselage was obtained by John Doudy and Gerry Wells, who built a new Auster with a pair of Mk VI wings and struts, Mk V split flaps, and a Lycoming engine. They added an access hatch behind the front seats, completing it in early December 1958 as John was demobbed from the RAF. He flew it solo to Adelaide hoping to start his own flying school, but the Department of Civil Aviation would only register it…

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