Aeroplane Monthly 1993-03
M.Oakey - Grapevine
The wings and tailplane of Consolidated B-24D Liberator 42-41091, seen here in Papua New Guinea in 1991, have been recovered and are to be used in an Australian restoration project.
Newly-arrived Blackburn Buccaneer S.2 XW547 at Cosford Aerospace Museum on January 20, 1993. Apparently the veil on the Guinness Girl nose-art was applied in the UK!
Vintage Airways, an offshoot of Richard Branson’s Virgin empire, is operating DC-3s N12RB and N22RB on pleasure flight day trips from Orlando in Florida to the Keys, the Bahamas and the Caribbean.
J.P. Dubois' wooden Spitfire replica "BS359".
Santa Monica Museum of Flying's Armstrong Whitworth Argosy T.2 N1430Z has had a reprieve: having been grounded but kept maintained since December 1991, it was flown to Fox Field in the Mojave Desert on December 31, 1992. The museum is planning to open a warbird base at Fox, and initially thought the Argosy would make a good additional attraction there. Now, however, it is thought that N1430Z will remain operational and be used for a variety of tasks - such as recovering warbirds from remote locations worldwide. The captain for the flight was Harry Barr.
Arado Ar 96 Werknr 4246.
Avro Vulcan XH558 tak­ing off from Waddington on one of its monthly currency flights in November last year.
Spitfire PR.XI PL965, its restoration newly completed by Tangmere Flight Engineering at Rochester, flew again for the first time in 45 years on December 23, 1992 with the Duxford-based Old Flying Machine Company’s Mark Hanna at the controls. Hanna flew the fighter to Duxford on February 1.
In Sweden, Orvar Bergvall has completed nearly 50hr of flying in his recently-restored and eyecatchingly Spanish-marked Bucker Bu 131 Jungmann SE-XOB, which he acquired from Holland in 1991. Built by CASA in 1954, it flew for 34 years with the Spanish Air Force.
Don Cashmore’s latest replica, Hawker Cygnet G-CAMM, has taken him five years to build. Powered by a 35 h.p. Mosier flat twin, it was due to make test flights as soon as the weather was suitable.