Aeroplane Monthly 1988-07
C.Burkett - The 1988 Fighter meet
Ray Hanna taking off in Vought F4U Corsair N240CA. Like the Avenger, this aircraft has recently been imported from the USA. It arrived at Duxford, home of Hanna's Old Flying Machine Company, in April 1988.
Walter Eichhorn in Hans Ditters’ Hispano Buchon D-FEHD. Since last season the aircraft has changed its colour scheme - the new one has been applied for its appearances as a Messerschmitt Bf 109E in the filming of Piece of cake.
As this season’s first major UK airshow, the Fighter Meet attracted a splendid selection of newcomers to the British warbird scene - as well as plenty of old favourites. One of the new arrivals is Aces High’s camera-ship B-25 Mitchell, N1042B/44-30823, seen in this picture in a formation flypast with Hans Ditters’ Hispano Buchon D-FEHD and Ray Hanna’s Spitfire IX MH434. All three have been filming Piece of cake - the B-25 in particular being no stranger to film work, as it was operated for many years by Tallmantz Aviation in the USA.
Col Regis F. A. Urschler's P-51D, 44-73264/N5428V Gunfighter II, recently rebuilt following a bad crash in 1981.
Spencer Flack’s North American P-51D Mustang 45-11371/NL1051S, imported from the USA last summer. Built for the USAF in 1945, the Mustang served with the Nicaraguan Army Air Force in the late Fifties and early Sixties before going into private ownership.
A unique and particularly welcome addition to the UK airshow circuit is the Fighter Collection’s Bell P-63 Kingcobra, NL62822. Painted in a World War Two Soviet Air Force scheme which combines markings from two P-39 Airacobras, the P-63 bears the name Aleksandr Nevsky - a hero of medieval Russian history - in Cyrillic characters on its starboard side.
In amongst the new types at the Fighter Meet was the Royal Navy Historic Flight’s more familiar Hawker Sea Fury FB.11, TF956, one of two Sea Furies kept airworthy at Yeovilton for regular display appearances. The other one is T.20 two-seater WG655.
Ray Hanna's Grumman TBM Avenger, N6827C.