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 / Boating & Aviation

Flightpath Nov-Dec-Jan 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.

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klemm comeback

The much-travelled Klemm L 25 d II ‘St. Paulus’ is back in the air. Owned by well-known vintage aircraft collector Roy Fox, VH-UUR made a flawless post-restoration flight on 10 May at Luskintyre, New South Wales, in the hands of Paul Bennet. Built in Germany outside Munich by Hans Klemm (serial 796), it was shipped from Genoa, Italy, on 14 April 1934, destined for the Divine Word Missionaries at Alexishafen Catholic Mission on New Guinea’s north-east coast. It arrived in Madang Province in 1935. Registered, as HB-XAL, to Father Frederick Zeigler, a Swiss priest with the Holy Ghost Mission in Alexishafen, it changed to VHUUR on 14 August 1936. In New Guinea, the Klemm allowed faster communication between mission stations and remote centres of the rugged highlands. On 22 January 1942,…

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oldest flying cessna in europe

At September’s Classic Cessna Meeting at Wershofen airfield, near the famous 'Nürburgring’ racetrack, Europe’s the oldest flying Cessna starred, among more than 100 participating aircraft. The red beauty was built in 1939 as a Cessna 145 (serial 463) and has flown for many years in southern Germany. However, in the past two decades it almost completely disappeared from public view and was very rarely seen. Some time ago, the rare Cessna was acquired by a private collector who has based it near Braunschweig (Lower Saxony). Formerly NC19495, it is now registered in Germany as D-EUCP and will be flown regularly again. Its attendance at the Cessna meet is certainly a good start. In the thirties, 183 Airmasters were built across several variants before production stopped due to financial pressures. Its steel tube…

2 min.
raaf museum’s great war flyer

The RAAF Museum’s rare reproduction R.E.8 took to the sky over Point Cook on 8 October. The first flight of VH-OTF (‘Over The Front’) since its acquisition by the museum was in the capable hands of The Vintage Aviator Limited’s (TVAL) John Bargh from New Zealand. John later endorsed two museum pilots, Wing Commander Warren Madsen and Flight Lieutenant Chris Tulk, on the ‘Harry Tate’. The flight comes after a lengthy period in storage following its purchase in 2015 (see Flightpath Vol.26 No.4). The requisite grounding following the purchase process was a combination of the museum tackling engineering work on the rare RAF4a V12 engine, the bureaucratic recertification process and flying training issues. A neatly hidden radio was also installed. The aircraft, museum callsign ‘Heritage Harry’, is one of four…

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vega ascending

A rare 1933 Lockheed Vega 5C, restored several years ago, has finally made its first flight since 1954. One of five built for the Shell Oil Company, it was regularly flown by the legendary Jimmy Doolittle. The type proved too compact for its intended airliner role, but found favour with private flyers and attracted those seeking to break flying records. The Vega certainly held its fair share during aviation’s Golden Age. The ‘Shell Vega’, as NC 13705 is known, was one of only seven aircraft built as a 5C. All others were conversions to this standard. Shell eventually sold it to Mercer Air. Used for airliner and cargo work, it was later sold on, disassembled and stored outdoors before vintage aircraft aficionado John Desmond bought it in 1988. A wooden aircraft, it…

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boomer moves

After being displayed at the Australian Army Flying Museum in Oakey, Queensland, following its donation to the Army Historic Unit in May 2007, the former Zuccoli Boomerang A46-206 (ex VH-BOM) has moved. “Sometime last year we were informed that the Oakey Army Museum, under their current policy (of only displaying ex-Army Aviation aircraft – Ed), was going to put our old Boomerang into storage”, said Aerotec’s Lynette Zuccoli. “The idea to relocate the aircraft came about through discussions between us, the Army Museum and the RAAF Amberley Aviation Heritage Centre (RAAHC). We agreed that the Boomerang would be placed on loan with the Amberley Heritage Centre. I was very happy with this proposition and I believe that it is a good outcome for all concerned.” On Monday, 27 August, two engineers…

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belgian boomerang delights

The Sanders Aeronautics Boomerang replica, NX32CS, now based in Belgium, has been exceptionally active since its arrival in Europe in August 2014. Often displaying with a Yak-3UPW, it has proven a popular performer. A well-known aircraft among warbird and Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation enthusiasts, it changed hands several times in the past 25 years before Remko Sijben, a Dutch military history enthusiast and collector, acquired it and had it shipped to Belgium in the second half of 2014. Built by Sanders Aeronautics in the nineties using the stressed skin rear fuselage and modified wings (among other things) from a T-6 Texan, the project incorporated components from CA-13 A46-139, the partial colours of which it now wears. It shared workshop space with the aircraft that helped pioneer the Australian Boomerang resurgence – the Zuccoli’s…