Boating & Aviation

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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1 min.
stuka to fly

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 on the rebuild of this aircraft’s engine. The Junkers Ju 87 Stuka is unarguably one of…

1 min.
ardu mirage moves

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 Withdrawn from RAAF service in December 1986, and stored until 1999, it was restored in ARDU colours and displayed at airshows held at RAAF Edinburgh. It is currently on external display in the SAAM compound between Hangars 1 and 2 until space can be organised inside the museum.…

1 min.
mosquito renaissance continues

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 from New Zealand to California in the mid fifties, registered as ZK-BCV then re-registered as N9909F. After alleged CIA use, and de-registered in 1970, it suffered an ownership dispute and became derelict with the remains stored partly…

2 min.
pride of tulare

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 detonations, take photographs, and record other information with various instruments. After several years as an EDB-17G, the aircraft was retired and earmarked for preservation. Loaned to American Veterans Post 56 in Tulare in 1958, and flown from Davis-Monthan in Arizona to Visalia Airport by local town hero General Maurice Preston, it was towed south to a small airport called Mefford Field. A town memorial next…

1 min.
‘aviation safety digest’ online

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 the famous journal, which detailed the causes, factors and investigations of accidents, will be a tremendous resource for anybody interested in aviation safety. Many of its messages are just as relevant today as when they were originally written. [Web Link: www.atsb.gov.au/aviation/aviation-safety-digest…

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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, volunteers,…