Aeroplane Monthly 1991-09
M.Oakey - Grapevine
More Russian treasure has arrived in the UK - this Yak-1 fighter, believed to be a unique survivor of its type, is destined to fly again.
Benson’s Messerschmitt Bf 109 lands at Duxford, its new home, on July 12, 1991.
Duxford again, where the Aircraft Restoration Company’s second Bristol Blenheim is well on the way to completion.
Duxford again, where the Aircraft Restoration Company’s second Bristol Blenheim is well on the way to completion.
Fokker D VII replica G-BFPL will be appearing at West Mailing’s Great Warbirds Air Display in a few days’ time, on August 25-26, 1991, as part of Anthony Hutton’s Great War Combat Team.
Shuttleworth Sopwith Pup N5180, sans front and side cowls, and with upper wing damage just visible, makes for a forced landing at Old Warden on August 4, 1991.
De Havilland Dragon Rapide G-AIYR has recently had a lot of photographic coverage elsewhere in its old colours, but here it is in its new Hillman’s Airways-style livery. Owned by the Clacton Aero Club, ’YR is currently pleasure-flying at Duxford.
A fine static restoration was rolled out at the Mosquito Aircraft Museum at London Colney on July 13, 1991 - built in 1938 and last flown in 1961, de Havilland Tiger Moth G-ANRX/N6550 is returning to life in its 1957 cropspraying configuration, which makes a pleasant change.
The sad remains of Percival Mew Gull G-AEXF near Old Warden on July 17, 1991. Miraculously, pilot Desmond Penrose escaped uninjured.
Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann HB-UUE, the only example of the type still wearing its original Swiss Air Force colours and number, A-15. It served in the air force from May 1938 until 1973, and is now flown for the Swiss Antique Aeroplane Association by Ulrich Wenger.
Paul McConnell’s stunning White Waltham-based Beech 17D Staggerwing NC18028, photographed near Shoreham on July 4, 1991.
Proud Cypriot Shackleton owner Savvas Constantinides, seen here with his wife and daughter, poses for the press in front of newly arrived Shack WL757 (and crew) at Paphos in mid-July 1991.
Shackleton WL747 heads down the coast of Cyprus towards Akrotiri to bid farewell to the RAF before landing at Paphos.
Another Swiss rarity is Comte AC-4 HB-IKO, seen here being flown by Capt W. Nussbaumer over the Rhonetahl. The Comte makes very occasional appearances at fly-ins in Switzerland.