Aeroplane Monthly 1980-02
News Spotlight
The RAF Museum's de Havilland D.H.9A fuselage, obtained from Krakow, Poland, in exchange for a Spitfire XVI, is having a set of spruce wings and a tailplane built in the Museum's Cardington workshops.
Three former Portuguese Air Force North American Harvards, G-BGOR, G-BGOU and G-BGOV, parked on the grass at Biggin Hill in December 1979 awaiting their British Cs of A.
No fewer than four mock-ups for the new-generation Boeing 767 airliner programme are seen under construction at Boeing's Everett plant. On the left, back to back, are two flight deck mockups, in the centre is the full-scale Class III mock-up, and on the right is the Class II mock-up.
The official handover of the ninth British Aerospace Hawk to the Red Arrows took place on November 15, 1979, when Flight’s photographer, Tom Hamill, was able to catch all nine airborne together.
The handsome new tricolour paint scheme is well displayed by the example on the left.
The sole surviving Percival Q6, G-AFFD, is seen during preparation for its departure from Duxford, where it had lain in the open for some time. Its present owners, the Midland Aircraft Museum, arranged alternative accommodation for the aeroplane on a Warwickshire farm pending a decision on its future, and the entire removal operation was made possible by the generosity of Coles Cranes Ltd.
Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation CA-25 Winjeel A85-422, one of eight ex-RAAF trainers recently disposed of, has been bought by Australians Bob Eastgate and Ed Field. Restoration for flight early in 1980 is under way