Aeroplane Monthly 1993-05
M.Oakey - Grapevine
Former Polish Air Force MiG-21UM 51-6905011/VH-XXI, owned by Dick Macintosh, Ross Cooper and Paul Stoddart, undergoes initial engine runs at Bankstown Airport, Sydney, Australia on March 18, 1993. The aircraft will operate from Williamtown RAAF base. Australian CAA rules governing jet warbirds are under review since both occupants of MiG-15UTI VH-LSN died when it crashed at Canberra on March 13 after hitting powerlines ten miles from the airfield.
The Federation of Enthusiasts of Russian Aviation at Tushino AB, north-west of Moscow, has refurbished the Lisunov Li-2 in preparation for a round-the-world-flight. The Soviet Union licence-built some 2,390 Russian-engined Li-2s after General Designer Boris Pavlovich Lisunov spent 1936-39 at Douglas’s Santa Monica factory, observing DC-3 production methods. The Li-2 is seen here over the outskirts of Moscow, near its Tushino base.
The first colour pictures of the aftermath of the Canadian Warplane Heritage fire on February 15, 1993. Avro Lancaster FM213 is towed to safety past the smouldering wreckage of No 3 Hangar.
The first colour pictures of the aftermath of the Canadian Warplane Heritage fire on February 15, 1993. Another lucky survivor was Fleet Finch 4738, which was under restoration next to the Lane.
...And it really is farewell this time: Avro Vulcan XH558 makes its final flypast over Waddington on March 23, 1993 before going to its new permanent home at Bruntingthorpe.
Members of XH558’s crew line up in front of the Vulcan at Waddington before its final departure. Pilot Sqn Ldr Paul Millikin, fourth from right, wrote about display-flying it in December 1990’s Aeroplane.
Air Marshal Sir John Willis, right, officially hands the Vulcan over to its new owner David Walton at Bruntingthorpe.
A poignant image of XH558’s last takeoff from Waddington.
The 50th anniversary of the Gloster Meteor was celebrated at Staverton on March 5, 1993. Jet Heritage’s NF.11 WM167/G-LOSM and Martin-Baker's T.7 WL419 flew in for the occasion.
Resplendent in a colourful 810 Sqn scheme, ex-Strathallan Fairey Swordfish W5856 is nearing the end of its restoration to flying condition by British Aerospace at Brough. Bought for the Royal Navy Historic Flight (RNHF) by the Swordfish Heritage Trust in 1990, it will be officially handed over to the Flight on May 22, 1993. A week later it is to accompany the RNHF’s other Swordfish LS326 in the Battle of the Atlantic 50th anniversary flypast over Liverpool.
Restored by Skysport Engineering over the last 7 years, the RAF Museum’s Westland Wallace II K6035 is now on show at Hendon.