Aeroplane Monthly 1987-09
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Grapewine
Another of CIA’s MiGs, this time single-seat MiG-15bis N822JM (ex-IB-00822), which was due to have flown by the time this issue is published
A unique line-up of three Boeing B-17G Flying Fortresses at Duxford in July 1987. From left to right: B-17 Preservation's 44-85784/G-BEDF Sally B, 42-38050/G-FORT Thunderbird, bought by Stephen Grey and passing through Duxford before going to the USA; and 42-31983 Mary Alice, the only non-flyer of the three, owned by the Imperial War Museum and on permanent display at Duxford.
Hispano HA-1112M1L Buchon D-FEHD, owned by Hans Ditters, based south of Frankfurt and painted as a Messerschmitt Bf 109, came to RAF Manston's Open Day on July 12, 1987. It was flown by Lufthansa pilot Walter Eichhorn who, despite discovering a badly bent propeller blade (the lower one in the picture), presumably caused during taxying, was able to continue with his display, a mock dogfight with Nick Grace's two- seat Spitfire ML407/G-LFIX. The bent blade was subsequently repaired by Dowty at Staverton.
Charles Church's Avro Lancaster, KB976/G-BCOH, spread out like an Airfix kit at BAe Woodford.
MiG-15UTI N271JM, currently with Classics in American Aviation (CIA) at Reno, Nevada, is expected to fly this summer. CIA has 12 of the MiGs which passed through the UK last year. Further south, at Chino, California, Bruce Guessling’s Unlimited Aviation has sold four of the five MiGs it acquired from China.
Miles Magister L6096/BAPC-44, seen at Air-Britain's Tenth Annual Fly-in at Wroughton on June 27-28, 1987, has been presented to the Berkshire Aviation Group by its owner, Graham Johnson. It is destined for eventual display in the projected Berkshire Museum of Aviation, for which a site adjacent to Woodley Airfield awaits approval by Wokingham District Council.
The Sultan of Oman’s VC 10, A40-AB, flew into its birthplace at Brooklands on July 6, 1987 for presentation to the Brooklands Museum
Restored Avro Anson VH-ASM photographed at Mascot, Sydney, Australia on June 23, 1987, exactly 40yr after its first commercial flight with East West Airlines on June 23, 1947. Originally W2068 with the RAAF, it became East West’s first aircraft after the war. It subsequently served with Sid Marshall at Bankstown, but was grounded in 1962. In 1965 its wings were axed off, and it languished in the open until 1972, when East West rescued it for static restoration.
Auster J/1 Autocrat ZK-AUX, formerly The Aeroplane’s G-AERO, has been acquired by the New Zealand Vintage Aero Club.