Aeroplane Monthly 1987-11
M.Oakey - Grapevine
Kermit Weeks’s Mosquito, RS712, in formation with BAe’s example, RR299, over the Hawarden area on September 29, 1987.
RS712's crew for the flight to Miami (George Aird on the left, Sqn Ldr George Stewart on the right) collect the aircraft's logbook from PPS team leader Harry Robins (middle) on the morning of departure.
Fairey Battle R3950 was cobbled together, complete with painted hardboard elevator and rudder sections, for Christie’s auction at Hum Airport on October 1, 1987.
The Salis Collection Bleriot XI seen here at Bex Airshow, Switzerland, on the weekend of August 20-23, 1987 suffered an engine failure and had to land in a nearby orchard. A less fortunate participant in the same show was Ray Hanna’s P-51 Mustang G-HAEC, which groundlooped on landing and severely damaged its port undercarriage. Repairs necessitated a spare part being flown in from Australia.
Bill Whitney’s replica of Kingsford Smith's Fokker F.VIIb/3m Southern Cross made its first flight on August 14, 1987, from Parafield, South Australia, in the hands of Sqn Ldr Nick Coulsen and Flt Lt Neil Lindorff. More news of this project coming soon.
MoTaT engineer John Greville keeps a close eye on Nos 1 and 2 engines of Lancaster VII NX665 during running-up at Auckland, New Zealand.
Guy Black’s Bristol Fighter, seen here partially assembled before restoration began, is on its way back to flying condition. Much original material is being retained, and Skysport Engineering have restored the fuselage frame.
The IWM's Short Sunderland, ML796, now has its wings on. It is seen in Duxford's Superhangar on September 1, 1987.
B. A. Eagle VH-ACN, seen here at the Chewing Gum Field Aircraft Museum in 1985, is returning to the UK for restoration to flying condition.
Miles Messenger G-AJOE nearing completion at Staverton on August 26, 1987. The aircraft is being restored to fly by the Cotswold Aircraft Preservation Group.