Boating & Aviation

Flightpath Aug-Sep-Oct 2018

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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1 min.
wirraway flies west

More than 1000 people were present at the Aviation Heritage Centre, Nhill, Victoria, to witness the final flight of CA-16 Wirraway VH-CAC. The new addition to the museum’s collection arrived on 28 April, but the flight was delayed due to a minor hydraulic issue. Patience prevailed and, with much adulation, the aircraft appeared, piloted by Nick Caudwell, with owner/restorer Borg Sorensen occupying the rear seat. They had flown from Tyabb and flew over the Nhill township and airfield before putting A20-722 down for the last time. As reported in the previous issue of Flightpath (Vol.29, No.4), it now joins the Avro Anson restoration project, and a locally owned Tiger Moth (VH-RIN), as a significant drawcard for the Heritage Centre as it continues to preserve the history of the former wartime…

1 min.
changing of the guard

Following a twelve-year major restoration, the Temora Aviation Museum’s second Cessna A-37B Dragonfly (VH-XVA) took to the skies once again last May. This A-37B (serial 68-10779) was built in 1968 and flew combat sorties in Vietnam. It was recovered from there in the mid-nineties by the late Dr. Michael Silva. In addition to main wing spar replacements, the A-37 underwent a full restoration, and systems and engines overhaul. It has emerged from the museum’s workshop wearing an authentic representation of the South Vietnamese Air Force's 516th Fighter Squadron’s ‘Flying Tiger’ scheme when the unit operated out of Da Nang. As the museum only ever plans to have one of its A-37Bs airworthy and flying at any one time, its other Dragonfly, the popular VH-DLO (serial 68-10805), will now go into…

1 min.
southern cross ii grows wings

After eight years, the repair of the replica Fokker F.VIIb/3m ‘Southern Cross II’ is nearing completion at the Albion Park, New South Wales, headquarters of the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society. The critical and successful structural test of the repaired wing was completed early in 2017 (see Flightpath Vol. 27, No. 4). The plywood skin of the rebuilt section of wing (over approximately one-third of the full wing span) was then covered with a final skinning of Ceconite light fabric that required fourteen coats of dope. Owing to the wing’s size, and the application of dope only being possible when the temperature and humidity allowed, this proved quite a challenge. The original wing surface was also tidied up and repainted. Painting of the wing and fuselage was completed in April. This allowed final…

1 min.
qfm connie’s new clothes

The Qantas Founders Museum unveiled the name and registration of its reassembled and freshly painted Lockheed Super Constellation on 9 July. The former US Navy C-121J and civilian freighter now represents the airline’s VH-EAM ‘Southern Spray’. The original VH-EAM (c/n 4801) was the first L-1049H convertible passenger airliner/freighter. It was also the first to receive weather radar (less than two months after its first revenue service in November 1956) and the classic ‘thimble’ nose cone that came with it. Given the cargo-carrying pedigree of the museum’s aircraft, and the fact that it is now masquerading as an airliner, the decision to represent ‘Southern Spray’ is quite inspired! Museum CEO Tony Martin reflected on the journey to get the aircraft to this stage. “The Super Constellation Project has been a long and at…

3 min.
historic havoc heading home

The Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona, has acquired a Douglas Havoc. The aircraft, A-20G 43-9436 'Big Nig', will have arrived at the museum by the time these words are read. The Curator of Collections at Pima, James Stemm, is excited at the prospect of an example of this important type going on display. “It is a very welcome addition to our World War II in the South Pacific collection”, he said. “We intend to begin reassembly as soon as it arrives and are currently in the process of fabricating the engine mounts and other powerplant related parts.” The Havoc was operated by the 89th Bombardment Squadron, 3rd Bombardment Group, Fifth Air Force, from Nadzab, near Lae, in New Guinea and force-landed in a swamp at Chugabru on 3 May…

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tavas museum opens

The Australian Vintage Aircraft Society officially opened its museum on Caboolture Airfield on 2 June. Local MP Simone Wilson cut the ribbon before guests wandered through the facility which houses thirteen aircraft of the Great War era. Replica aircraft on display include a Bristol F.2B Fighter, two Fokker Dr.Is, Fokker D.VIII (powered by an original Gnome rotary engine), Fokker E.III Eindecker, Fokker D.VII, RAF S.E.5a, Johnson Monoplane, Farman III and Nieuport 24. The museum is located in Hangar 106, Eagle Lane, Caboolture Airfield and is open Wednesday through Sunday.…