Aeroplane Monthly 1993-11
M.Oakey - Grapevine
Painted in the shark’s-mouth scheme of 112 Sqn, the Vintage Aircraft Team’s new Vampire FB.6 G-MKVI/”VZ304” made its public debut at the Cranfield Air Show on September 19, 1993.
The latest World War One replica to emerge from Suffolk-based AJD Engineering’s prolific workshops is this Sopwith Camel for the US Army Aviation Museum at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Completed on September 23, 1993, the aircraft is built from airworthy materials even though it is destined only for static display. It is currently fitted with an 80 h.p. le Rhone rotary engine but a 130 h.p. Clerget, initially to be displayed alongside it, will be installed later. The Camel is painted in the colours of Lieutenant Henry R. “Hank” Clay Jr, the commander of the 41st Aero Pursuit Squadron, USAAC.
Ralph Rosanik brought this colourful Curtiss P-6 replica, his latest project, to Oshkosh ’93 on July 29 - August 4, 1993.
France’s fifth Mustang, P-51D 44-74506/F-AZJJ (ex-N335J) made its public debut at the Chalon-Champforguil airshow on September 11-12, 1993. It wears 4th Fighter Group colours.
First air-to-air of Bob Davies’s North American T-6J Harvard, another ex-Mozambique example newly restored by Andrew Edie at Shoreham. Delivered to its owner at the end of August 1993, the Harvard was temporarily registered G-BSBE, soon to be replaced by the more appropriate G-TVIJ. The photograph was taken on September 4.
Photographed recently at Cuatro Vientos, Madrid, Fundacion Infante de Orleans Miles M.3A Falcon Major EC-ACB is now in the UK for restoration work.
Wayne Daley of Brisbane-based Aircraft Engineering holds a fin and rudder of Peter McMillan and Lang Kidby’s Vickers Vimy reproduction.
The last of the V-bombers: Handley Page Victor K.2s XH672 and XL164 flew a photographic sortie from Marham for the press on September 23, 1993 to mark the type’s retirement. Two Victors are preserved in museums in the UK: B.1As XH648 at Duxford and XH592 at Cosford.
Sole airworthy Bristol Britannia 9Q-CJH visited Filton on September 16, 1993, bound for a new freighting career with Trans-Air Cargo of Zaire which rescued it from Cuba. Originally XM496 Regulus with the RAF, the Britannia was flown Havana-Gander-Dublin and, thanks to the efforts of the Britannia Aircraft Preservation Trust’s Roger Hargreaves and the Bristol Aero Collection’s Oliver Dearden, on to Filton. It departed later in the day for Ostend and Kinshasa.
Dick Melton’s Supermarine Walrus I long-term rebuild W2718/G-RNLI, continues to take shape at Micheldever. Dick is currently negotiating with the RAAF Museum for a set of original wings, and is confident about obtaining a Pegasus engine from a Swordfish wreck in Canada.
Seen at Cranfield on September 17, 1993, Jet Provost T.1 company demonstrator G-AOBU was almost ready for engine runs and taxying trials following a 2 1/2-year restoration by Dick Melton at Micheldever.
Mike Beach taxies his Curtiss Pusher at Brooklands on September 18, 1993.
Robin Windus’s Curtiss Robin G-BTYY/N348K was on static display at Shoreham’s RAFA Display on the weekend of September 4-5, 1993. In the background is the tail of Northbrook College’s Pembroke XL929/G-BNPU.
Another long-term project, the Aircraft Restoration Company’s Fiat G.46 MM.53211, on show at Duxford on September 12, 1993.