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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

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. Built at Keevil in 1945, RN201 was allocated to 350 (Belgian) Squadron in 1946, but later returned to the UK to be placed into storage. It went back to the Belgian unit in 1948 and, although built as a F.XIV, at some time while with the squadron the wings were exchanged for those of an E Wing armament configuration (a common improvement built into later…

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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

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 be retained by the museum. Obviously, the ‘Avon’ Sabre, operation of which was already a joint agreement between the RAAF Museum and…

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historic dh.60 gipsy moth flies

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, including its original British registration markings (G-ABHY). The Moth’s (c/n 1685) first post-restoration flight was almost 88 years to the day after it arrived in Australia, piloted by…

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uk & australian naval air heritage changes

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 operate vintage aircraft, grounding the Royal Australian Navy (RAN) Historic Flight’s flying Bell UH-1B, and stopping work on the flight’s other aircraft. The Australian Defence Force Disposals decided on the Historic Aircraft Restoration Society…

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sa auster on show

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 for private use, forcing John to sell. Subsequently it was flown by Port Lincoln…

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