Boating & Aviation

Flightpath Feb-Mar-Apr 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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in this issue

1 min.
vampire’s wings clipped

The last airworthy de Havilland Vampire in Australia has been grounded. Judy Pay’s former Royal Rhodesian Air Force T.11 R4221 (VH-ZVZ) was dismantled and transported from its base at West Sale to Judy’s Old Aeroplane Company (OAC) at Tyabb in late 2017. After flying for the past sixteen years, an inspection of the jet’s Goblin 35 engine found a major failure that was deemed too expensive to overhaul. Having the jet based remotely at West Sale, more than 150 kilometres from the OAC facility, has also been an ongoing issue in its operation and was another consideration in the decision to ground the aircraft. The red-nosed two-seat aircraft, RRAF 119 in Rhodesian service, was one of a batch of seven imported from Zimbabwe in 1988, a consignment that was effectively the…

1 min.
swift flight

The rare Comper Swift VH-UVC flew for the first time in 55 years when it lifted off from Omaka Airfield, Blenheim, New Zealand in late 2017. The event followed an extensive restoration that began when Sydney collector Roy Fox shipped the project to Jay McIntyre’s JEM Aviation at Omaka in January 2014. Roy purchased the remains of the Swift and seven spare Pobjoy engines in 1997. These had changed hands several times after the aircraft suffered an undercarriage failure and accident at Bundaberg, Queensland, in July 1962. The Comper (serial 32/10) was built in 1932 and, in its first two years, embarked on an extensive tour of Europe before it was sold and exported to Melbourne. Test pilot for JEM, Ryan Southam, said it “flew beautifully with no rigging adjustments needed at…

1 min.
tavas gears up

The Australian Vintage Aviation Society (TAVAS) based in Caboolture, Queensland, has acquired three more aircraft. The container, carrying a Nieuport 24, Fokker Dr.I and a Henri Far-man III, was unloaded at Brisbane port on 8 January. With the Society’s 2018 Great War Flying Display to be held over the weekend of 21-22 April, Andrew Carter, one of the founders of TAVAS, wanted an expanded line-up of pioneering and W.W.I aircraft. Due to a cancellation, he decided to source some aircraft himself. The Nieuport (N333EL) was found first by fellow TAVAS founder Nathalie Gochel. Owned by Jim Record, it was regularly flown at Old Rhinebeck airshows. The Fokker is painted as Josef Jacobs’ mount and has never been registered or flown. Built by Bill Crist, it was sold to Tom Daly who,…

2 min.
changing of the guard

Lockheed AP-3C Orion A9-751, delivered to the RAAF Museum on 16 November 2017, is just one part of the latest batch of retired ADF airframes to enter preservation. Following the fourteen Bell/CAC Kiowas (see Flightpath, Vol. 29, No. 2, p14), and Orion A9-753 delivered to HARS earlier in the year, the South Australian Aviation Museum received six semi-trailer loads of Orion (A9-756) components on 23 November. The fuselage and wings followed in December and reassembly of the museum’s largest exhibit began in earnest in January. The RAN officially retired its Aerospatiale AS350B Squirrel and Sikorsky S70B-2 Seahawk helicopters on 1 December. The RAAF Museum’s Squirrel, N22-001/A22-001, is rare as it served with all three ADF branches. The Australian Army Flying Museum received N22-019/A22-019 while the Australian War Memorial (AWM) added N22-017 to…

2 min.
unique lancaster saved

The last Canadian-built Lancaster to survive in its post-war configuration finally arrived at the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC) in October 2017. It had been on outside display for 53 years. An earlier attempt to rescue the aircraft (see Flightpath Vol.26, No.4), to ensure its preservation, fell through, but eventually the NAFMC at Trenton was selected (see Flightpath Vol.28, No.3) to restore and display the Lancaster. In doing so the museum will be the only facility in the world to house restored examples of the Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster. Built by Victory Aircraft Limited, KB882, one of 430 examples of the type built in Canada, arrived in the UK in March 1945. It flew twelve operations in the short time before the war against Germany ended. After barely…

1 min.
septuagenarian chipmunk

DHC-1 Chipmunk LV-NRY at Lujan, Argentina, is flying again, following a restoration that began in March 2006, at the Don Tourcato airfield in the suburbs of Buenos Aires. This is the world’s oldest Chipmunk (serial number 3!) and effectively the first pre-production aircraft off the line at the Downsview, Toronto, Canada, facility. It followed the two prototypes and first flew in January 1947. The Chipmunk was shipped to de Havilland in South America on 10 February 1947 and has remained in Argentina ever since.…