Aeroplane Monthly 1991-11
M.Oakey - Grapevine
This Yak-3 is on long-term loan from Moscow to the Santa Monica Museum of Flying, California, in advance of further examples being newly produced in Russia. This one is reputed to be the highest-scoring survivor, with 14 kills to its credit.
Regeneration: as one Hawker Hurricane perishes, another takes to the air - former Charles Church Hurricane G-ORGI/CCF5481 during its first post-restoration flight at Micheldever on September 8, 1991, in the hands of Dave Southwood. Completed by Dick Melton Aviation for its new owner, an American collector, G-ORGI will be swapping its current yellow primer and silver dope for an authentic Battle of Britain scheme (possibly Nicolson VC’s or Townsend’s) when it goes to the USA.
The sad remains of Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Hurricane LF363 at Wittering on September 11, 1991, after an engine failure, inflight fire and forced landing while en route from Coningsby to Jersey. The pilot, Sqn Ldr Alan Martin, escaped with leg injuries. As we went to press an RAF board of enquiry was in progress, and the Flight was unable to say whether anything might be salvaged for a rebuild.
John Bradshaw's newly-imported Hawker "Baghdad" Fury N36SF being towed from Southampton Docks to Eastleigh Airport at dawn on September 29, 1991. Bought by Bradshaw in the USA last August, the Fury has been restored in blue Royal Australian Navy Aerobatic Team colours, and bears the roundels of Australia, Canada, the UK and Holland - the major countries which operated the type. Based at Wroughton, the Fury will be available for airshows - contact "Tempus Fury" on 0734 883248.
Pierre Dague, a leading light of French preservation who was killed in a T-28 collision on September 8, 1991, taxying the Salis Collection’s Morane AI at la Ferte-Alais last year.
Sole airworthy WSK TS-8 Bies trainer SP-FBB crashed at the Belgian Oldtimer Fly-in at Schaffen-Diest on August 19, 1991, shortly after the picture was taken, killing its pilot Marec Jastrembski and badly injuring passenger Guy Valvekens, the fly-in’s organiser.
Sunderland G-BJHS on a local flight from its Calshot base on September 18, 1991. It failed to sell at Sotheby's six days later, although bidding reached £320,000.