Boating & Aviation

Flightpath Feb-Mar-Apr 2017

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.

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in this issue

2 min.
rare photo recce mustang flies

The ranks of the Australian Mustang population grew with the much anticipated first post restoration flight of Peter Gill’s rare PR Mustang VH-URZ on 17 December last. Formerly the RAAF’s A68-199, the flight took place at Tyabb where it has been under restoration for the past four years. Before a reasonably sized crowd, pilot Nick Caudwell, with project engineer Peter Robinson in the newly added rear seat, took the country’s youngest flying Mustang back into the air. The twenty-minute first flight was uneventful with only a slight trimming issue arising as an immediate fix. Tyabb-based aircraft collector Graham Hosking sold this CAC CA-18 Mk 22 Mustang project (c/n 1524) to Peter in 2012. Peter’s aim was to return the aircraft to airworthy status as quickly as possible by concentrating on the…

1 min.
ryan reawakened

The first Ryan PT-22 Recruit imported into Australia has new owners and will return to the skies after a long absence. Phil Prapulenis and Diane Davey have acquired the 1941 Ryan (VH-NEA) and are in the process of moving it to Bacchus Marsh, Victoria, where they keep their Piper PA-22 Pacer and PA-11 Cub. Built for the USAAC and disposed of in 1945, this Ryan (s/n 1590) was shipped from the USA in 1985 by Nigel Ar-not. Flown as ‘I-342’, Nigel sold it in 1989 and, after passing through two more owners, it was sold to Hank Ebes in 2008. Based at Moorabbin Airport, the PT-22 was rarely seen and hardly flown in the past eight years. However, both Phil and Di, as active members of the Antique Aeroplane Association…

1 min.
three decade love affair

When Ashley Briggs first saw the fresh restoration of the DHC-1 Chipmunk at Tim Beecroft’s restoration shop at Tocumwal in 1981, he promised himself that he would one day own that Chippy. That dream became reality in late 2015 when Ashley paired with Guy Hanson to acquire the aircraft from Larry Pickering of V8 Super Car fame. Larry had owned VH-PUB since 1980, but it has been in storage since the early 1980s. The Chipmunk is an ex RAF T.10 (WD361) and was one of three disposed of by the RAF in 1974 that were purchased by a syndicate of Melbourne enthusiasts in 1976. The group had mounted a successful challenge to the then DCA ban on operating ex-military aircraft. The three Chipmunks were shipped to Australia and reassembled at Melton,…

1 min.
new pup

Roy Palmer’s Sopwith Pup G-ELRT made its initial flight at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK, on 17 October 2016 in the hands of The Shuttleworth Collection’s Chief Pilot ‘Dodge’ Bailey. The aircraft was recreated by Retrotec around a pair of dataplates salvaged from original Pup N6161 and using some original period components and an 80hp (60 kW) Le Rhône engine. On 1 February 1917, after having been newly issued to 9 Squadron Royal Flying Corps, N6161 was forced down in France by Carl Meyer in a Rumpler float-plane. The Pup was being flown by George Elliott, who survived to become a prisoner of war. The Pup was captured intact and was later repainted with German crosses and test flown before being damaged in an accident. The dataplates were salvaged by Meyer and…

1 min.
corby starlet’s fiftieth

The Corby Starlet is an Australian design that first flew in August 1966. In early October 2016, local and overseas enthusiasts gathered in Echuca, Victoria to celebrate the type’s fiftieth anniversary. Highlight of the gathering was a talk by the designer John Corby, who spoke of the challenges in becoming the first ever Australian design Type approved under ANO101.28 legislation. Since 1966 over a thousand sets of plans have been distributed, to a remarkable 31 countries. Set number one went to a group from Latrobe Valley, and resulted in Starlet VH-ULV. Back then, all 22 builders in the group had to be Department of Civil Aviation approved! VHULV was used to evaluate the aerobatic capabilities of the type, and subsequently the second Latrobe Valley Starlet went on to win the…

1 min.
qfm super constellation moved

The Qantas Founders Museum achieved a major milestone in December 2016 when its Super Constellation was moved on seven low loaders from Manila International Airport to the container port. The operation took about four and a half hours to travel fifteen kilometres, which included the partial closing of one of Manila’s main highways. QFM Chairman John Vincent said the museum was very excited to see the aircraft reach the port safely and efficiently. “Moving a sixty-plus year old disassembled, very large aircraft is no easy feat, so we are delighted that this stage of the project has been completed and the aircraft is one step closer to its final home of Longreach. The next stage, the transportation of the aircraft by sea to Australia, is expected to commence in mid…