Current aircraft being restored to flight

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… and this one in Queensland, Australia.

http://warbirdsnews.com/warbird-restora ... ralia.html
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George

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Test flown by Richard Grace a couple of days ago. Apparently this one needed quite a bit of work as it had been bastardised during previous rebuilds in the US by replacing a lot of the hardware with American AN stuff, which needed changing out during the latest rebuild. :roll:
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To my untrained eye, the Indian one has quite some way to go before it's able to take to the air. FWIW when I saw it in October there was no evidence of work being carried out.

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Can you explain what was test flown by Richard Grace and from where ?

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DOUGHNUT wrote:Can you explain what was test flown by Richard Grace and from where ?

The ex-Lone Star Spitfire XVI in Australia referred to in the post above mine

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OK Mike, thanks thought something had flown from Sywell.

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DOUGHNUT wrote:Can you explain what was test flown by Richard Grace and from where ?

Spitfire XVI TE392/VH-XWF at Archerfield Airport, Brisbane, Australia.
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It was hardly 'a short period of refurbishment' as described in the magazine link. It was a very in-depth structural re-build to return TE392 to stock condition
and much credit should be given to Performance Aero at Archerfield for their excellent work over the past few years.

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I don't think the AAHF Skeeter at Middle Wallop will fly again. Since the fleet was put on the civil register, I think the CAA grounded all Skeeters on safely grounds?
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They are currently looking at re-lifing or remanufacturing Skeeter blades. Guy Black (never one to shy away from an engineering challenge) is involved I believe.

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In 1971 the RNZAF sold to our two major airlines ,NAC (National Airways Corporation) and Air New Zealand (the two merged in 78) a Harvard each. NZ1041(NAC) and NZ1044(ANZ). Both of these airframes survive with NZ1041 now owned by John Saunders based at Omaka. 44 was sold too but just recently has been sold to Bevan Dewes a well known local pilot who flies his own Chipmunk (one the Prince of Wales trained on)but also holds ratings on the Harvard and most if not all the TVAL WW1 fleet. He has also flown a P40 in Australia so is well on the way to flying the heavy metal!
Here's a link to the Wings over New Zealand thread about his purchase: https://rnzaf.proboards.com/thread/17601/harvard-pile?page=2
Both Harvards are currently in need of restoration but as they both were training aids they have been looked after.

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It would be silly for me to not add Hawker Typhoon JP843 here in British Columbia!

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Latest update on the Tempest II MW376 restoration project, now with KF Aerospace in Canada, can be seen here :-



Also on 'Facebook' here -https://www.facebook.com/Hawker-Tempest ... 1279644642

Looking good to me!:)

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ErrolC wrote:
Thu 15 Aug 2019, 11:57 pm
Wal Denholm mentioned on a Mossie TV piece that the Spitfire (TB252) that they have had for some years is now planned for Oshkosh 2020.
Due to COVID there were delays completing TB252 - hopefully there's an AirVenture this year - but John Lamont took her for her first post-restoration flight on 18 December. Test flying has been ongoing since then. Last night Vintage Fabrics posted on Facebook that she's the last of the original five Tim Routsis gate-guards to return to flight.


ErrolC wrote:
Thu 15 Aug 2019, 11:57 pm
Mike wrote:
boff180 wrote:Sea Hornet
Work has not yet started AFAIK, the owners are still at the stage of gathering parts and data.
Either 2 or 3 P-40s ahead of it at PioneerAero, plus when-ever the Kingfisher fits.
Claudio Coltri's P-40E 41-13570 (Soviet White 51) is nearing completion. Here's hoping she sticks around for an airshow or two before heading to Italy:
http://nzcivair.blogspot.com/2021/01/ar ... kland.html
Regards, Zac Yates

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Interesting - Royal Norwegian AF F-5 being looked at for restoration to flight.


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Another Huey by NWH in Olympia.

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Starfighter possibly being lined up for a return to flight in Holland. Not sure what the regulations on operating something like an F104 are in Holland should the group go ahead with a plan to fly it not just ground run it.

https://dutchstarfighterfoundation.nl/