Aeroplane Monthly 1984-04
Purchased in England four years ago, the Junkers Ju 52/3m was restored by South African Airways to represent the aircraft which made the airline's first flight 50 years ago, on February 1, 1934.
Vulcan B.2A XM655 is seen during its arrival display at Wellesbourne on February 2, 1984. London businessman Roy Jacobsen has bought it from the MoD, and hopes to keep it flying.
At Tucson International Airport, Arizona, late in January 1984, Steve Piercey photographed this rare bird. Registered N54205, it is the second of only two Columbia XJL-1 general utility amphibian monoplanes designed by Grumman to replace the US Navy's more familiar J2F Duck. The two XJL-1s, Bu Nos 31399 and 31400, first flew in 1946 and were stored until 1959, when they were declared surplus and sold. Both are being restored.
One of the Museum of Flight's star attractions will be this beautifully restored 1929 Boeing Model 80A trimotor, NC224M.
Work progresses at Trent Aero on Roland Fraissinet’s ex-Shuttleworth Spitfire PR.XI, PL983. It is being rebuilt “strictly to Mk XI specifications" with the exception of a Mk IX lower engine cowling to enhance aerodynamics and aesthetics. It will have no cannon or armoured windshield, and will be finished in the standard PR blue scheme. The engine has come from Hovey, the USA specialist company. A first flight is expected in May 1984.