Boating & Aviation

Flightpath Aug-Sep-Oct 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

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kiwi to wear canadian colours in australia

Harvard III VH-HVD has been acquired by the RAAF Museum at Point Cook. The 1943 ex-RNZAF W.W.II trainer was bought by Hugh Waltho in 1989 and based at Essendon ever since. As NZ1075, it was converted to a Mk.III in 1957 and took part in the final RN-ZAF Harvard flypast over Christchurch on 24 June 1977. Sold to the private market in 1978, it was flown to Australia in August 1981. The RAAF Museum will use the Harvard for training and display flying and, although currently painted in RNZAF wartime training markings, the intention is to finish it as a Canadian Empire Air Training Scheme aircraft typical of the machines used to train thousands of RAAF pilots in W.W.II.…

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metal moth flies again

A DH.60M Moth that once called Australia home is now flying in Norway. Its post-restoration flight on 18 April 2017 was the first time it had flown in 87 years. The second production metal fuselage Moth, the aircraft (serial 711) was delivered to de Havilland Ltd in Melbourne as VH-UKC. It changed hands in April 1930, but was written off in a crash at Nyngan, New South Wales, on 4 May. The fuselage was rediscovered in 1993 and sold to Kjeller Flyhistoriske Forening in Norway in 2005. A small team of volunteers, led by Juul Furulund, spent ten years restoring the Moth. While much work was done on the fuselage, its having sat for so long, new wings and a new tail were built from scratch. The Gipsy 1 engine was found…

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return of the ‘ruhr express’

The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum (CWHM) has temporarily marked its Avro Lancaster as KB700, the first Canadian-built example of the famous bomber. Since 1988, the CWHM has operated FM213 as the ‘Mynarski Memorial Lancaster’ dedicated to the memory of Pilot Officer Andrew Mynarski VC who died while trying to save the trapped rear gunner of a 419 Squadron RCAF Lancaster (KB726) when it was shot down by a German night fighter on 13 June 1944. Over the past few years, however, the CWHM has painted the port side of the Lancaster to represent different aircraft flown by the Canadians of 6 Group Bomber Command. For Canada 150, the 150th anniversary of the country’s confederation, the CWHM chose to represent Lancaster KB700, the first to be built in Canada by Victory Aircraft…

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the roseland spitfire

A two-decade restoration project reached its conclusion on 7 June when Vintage Wings of Canada’s (VWOC) Spitfire Mk.IXe TE294 flew its much-anticipated first flight. It is the first Spitfire to be completely rebuilt to flying condition in the country. Built in mid-1945, TE294 was sold to the SAAF after brief service with the RAF. Its remains were eventually acquired by the Comox Air Force Museum, in British Columbia, where it became known as the ‘Y2K Spitfire’. A decade into the new century and the project had stalled due to lack of money. Mike Potter, VWOC founder, stepped in. The superb volunteer team at Comox finished the fuselage to an exceptionally high standard while the wings were constructed by Potter’s team in Gatineau, Québec. The aircraft was christened ‘The Roseland Spitfire’ as per the…

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original bf108 restored in germany

At the end of April the newly restored Messerschmitt 108 D-EOIO made its first public appearance during a private gathering of classic aircraft in Ober-Mörlen, north of Frankfurt (see page 14). Built in 1939 (serial number 2086) for the Swiss Air Force, it was found in France in poor condition by restorer Dirk Bende some years ago. The rare touring aircraft was restored from the ground up by Bende and his team at his workshop in Hangelar, near Bonn. The handsome machine received an original Argus As-10C engine which was also restored by Bende. Although it served with the Swiss Air Force, as ‘A-212’, the new owner decided not to replicate the original scheme, but instead painted it to represent the elegant look of former factory machine ‘D-IOIO'. In the coming…

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temco t-35 buckaroo

The Temco T-35 Buckaroo was a development of the Globe Swift for the 1949 USAF trainer competition, eventually won by the Beech T-34 Mentor (although the contract was then cancelled). Twenty-six Buckaroos were built, but the only major order was placed by the Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF). One of the ten aircraft ordered survives in the RSAF museum in Riyadh, and another was restored to fly by the Swift Museum in Tennessee, but hasn’t flown for a number of years. A couple of others in civilian hands have been seen separately at fly-ins, but Sun ‘n Fun 2017 was the first time two had been together for many years, with the newly-restored N4PB (serial 50-0739) joining fly-in regular N68773 (serial 50-0740). Remarkably, besides the consecutive serial numbers, the aircraft…