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Flightpath

Feb-Mar-Apr 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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Australia
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English
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Yaffa Publishing Group PTY LTD
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IN THIS ISSUE

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stuka to fly

The FH&CAM’s Junkers Ju 87R-4 as revealed in the collection’s new hangar. On 10 November 2018, the Flying Heritage and Combat Armor Museum (FH&CAM) at Paine Field, north of Seattle, Washington, unveiled their Junkers Ju 87R-4 Stuka project in their new hangar display. Under restoration for a number of years, this hitherto-secret project is very evidentially complete, with a mostly restored airframe. The identity quoted is for Ju 87R-2 wk.nr. 5709, which crash landed during an attack on Soviet Russia, and this airframe’s remains passed through several hands in the UK and Germany in the early 2000s before being obtained by FH&CAM. Not only has no Stuka flown since the end of W.W.II, the Jumo 211 engine has also been silent since then, with Vintage V-12s taking…

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ardu mirage moves

Mirage IIID A3-115 made quite a sight being transported from its long-time gate guard position at RAAF Base Edinburgh to the SAAM at Port Adelaide on 2 November 2018. The South Australian Aviation Museum (SAAM) took delivery of Mirage IIID A3-115, following its gifting by RAAF Heritage, in early November 2018. The jet was on display as a gate guardian at RAAF Edinburgh. A two-seat operational trainer variant of the Mirage IIIO interceptor, it was one of sixteen delivered to the RAAF. Serving from December 1973, the second last of the Australian Mirages, it was operated by 2 Operational Conversion Unit, 77 Squadron and the Aircraft Research and Development Unit (ARDU). Withdrawn from RAAF service in December 1986, and stored until 1999, it was restored in ARDU…

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mosquito renaissance continues

Steve Hinton brings the DH.98 Mosquito PZ474 in after its first successful post restoration flight. Configured with rocket and gun armament, the Mosquito represents a Banff Strike Wing FB.VI of Coastal Command. On 13 January, at Ardmore Airfield, New Zealand, the latest de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito from the combined forces of Avspecs and Glyn Powell has flown after restoration, registered as ZK-BCV. The pilot was Steve Hinton with Warren Denholm of Avspecs in the navigator’s seat. The derelict remains of Mosquito PZ474 was retrieved from Chino in 2014, and shipped to Avspecs for restoration for Rod Lewis’ Lewis Air Legends of San Antonio, Texas. Built by de Havilland at Hatfield as a PR.VI, it was supplied to the RNZAF as NZ2384 in April 1947. Flown…

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pride of tulare

While the majority of the cleaning, polishing and painting was performed in late April/early May 2018, B-17 Archaeology has arranged regular working bees to keep the aircraft clean. While it is hoped to move the B-17 to a local hangar, the challenging interior restoration will continue no matter what. Again, B-17 Archaeology will be overseeing this aspect of the preservation. Sitting on the side of Highway 99, a major north/south highway in California, Vega-built B-17G 44-85738 was refurbished in mid-2018. Too late to see combat, this particular B-17G is the sole survivor of those used in Operation Crossroads, the first series of atomic tests in the South Pacific. This aircraft was used as a drone controller for DB-17s that would fly close to the atomic…

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‘aviation safety digest’ online

Greg Hood [left] also loaned the CAHS a section of Concorde rudder, accepted here by Roger Meyer, CAHS President. The rudder section from G-BOAF came from an in-flight rudder structural failure on a trans-Tasman flight in April 1989. On Sunday 23 September 2018, the Chief Commissioner of the Australian Transport Safety Bureau (ATSB), Greg Hood, launched the online version of the highly-regarded Aviation Safety Digest magazine on the ATSB’s website, at the Civil Aviation Historical Society & Airways Museum (CAHS) Essendon, Victoria. The CAHS worked with the ATSB to make all 150 issues of the Aviation Safety Digest, Australian aviation’s famous ‘crash comic’, available on the web. The scanning was undertaken by Ross Robotham and the files were made word-searchable by Dr Peter Hobbins. This archive of…

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kuwaiti connie

The last surviving Qantas Lockheed Super Constellation has been salvaged in Kuwait by the Qantas Founders’ Museum (QFM). The aircraft’s remains were gifted to the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society in 2007 by the Kuwaiti Ministry of Defence.‘Southern Horizon’, VH-EAB, first entered service with Qantas in 1955 and continued flying with the airline, following conversion to a freighter in 1960, until 1963. It then passed through several owners until abandoned in Kuwait over a customs issue in 1976. Eventually acquired by the Ministry of Defence for training and fire fighting purposes, it remained largely intact at Ahmed Al Jaber AFB until the first Gulf War. Several attempts at recovering the aircraft were made, but all met with miles of red tape.Many pieces of the puzzle (in the form of supporters,…

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