Aeroplane Monthly 1987-08
M.Oakey - Grapevine
Kermit Weeks's Booker-based de Havilland Mosquito B.35 RS712/G-ASKB/N35MK, seen at Biggin Hill on June 7, 1987, will probably have left the UK for the Weeks Air Museum in Florida by the time this issue is published. It is unlikely to return here in the foreseeable future: Weeks hoped to keep it on the British airshow circuit, but it appears that, with competition from BAe's subsidised T.III, RR299, few airshow organisers were prepared to pay for it to appear - a great pity.
Another crowd pleaser was Neil Moffatt and Robert King's Fairey Gannet, G-BMYP/XL502, this time at Biggin Hill Air Fair on June 6, 1987. This unique civil-registered flying example will be one of the star lots in an auction at Luton Airport on October 3. Held by Transavia Ltd in conjunction with Hertfordshire auctioneers Wilkins and Wilkins, both newcomers to large sales of vintage aircraft, the auction is also scheduled to include Visionair's DC-3, Ju 52, B-25 and Fiat G.46.
Stephen Grey's North American P-51D N51JJ Candyman in disguise at Duxford during May 1987, after filming for Empire of the Sun in Spain. The silver aircraft carries the name My Dallas darlin in yellow, and the brown and orange lightning stripes and spinner trim are applied in best vinyl silk emulsion paint.
Ryan NYP Spirit of St Louis replica NX211 delighted the Paris Air Show crowds in June 1987.
Public sympathy and support for the British Aerial Museum after the crash of Blenheim G-MKIV on June 21, 1987 was unprecedented. However, it did not stop someone from stealing the avionics kit from the wreckage, seen here on Denham Golf Course shortly after the accident.
Don Cashmore's beautiful Bristol M.1C replica, G-BLWM, flew for the first time on June 21, 1987. It carries the serial C4912, which originally belonged to an M.1C serving with 150 Sqn at Salonika in 1918.
An important stage in the Yorkshire Air Museums restoration of a Handley Page Halifax was reached on May 20, 1987. The rear fuselage and wing centre-section assembly, rebuilt by the museum in conjunction with BAe Brough, was unveiled at Elvington by the Earl of Halifax.
Lockheed Lodestar N7001 Spirit of J&B, which set out from Paris on June 18, 1987 to beat Howard Hughes's 1938 round-the-world record, achieved its objective on June 21. It landed back at Le Bourget after a trip lasting 88hr 48min, having clipped some 2 1/2hr off the record. It was due to fly via Moscow, but Russian helpfulness “suddenly vanished when that boy landed in Red Square", says pilot Patrick Fourticq.
Harry Fox about to make his second flight in his 55yr-old Comper Swift G-ABUU at Old Warden on April 23, 1987. Acquired from John Pothecary, the Swift has been breathtakingly restored by Skysport Engineering. It will be based at Wycombe Air Park in company with the owner's Vagabond, G-VAGA.