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#81 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 1330 PM

75 years ago today, Lancaster R5868 S-Sugar completed its 100th Mission.

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Posted 12 May 2019 - 1342 PM

The fascinating life and death of  B24 Tulsamerican.

 

 

We have a Liberator Drive and memorial (both recently opened)  in Kirkwall named after this aircraft that crashed there:


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Posted 12 May 2019 - 1359 PM

Thats very interesting. I knew they used B24's for OSS operations, I didnt know they had used them over Norway.


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 0552 AM

The East Kirkby Mosquito did a short taxi run, after a test of the rebuilt starboard engine, last month. The port engine ran last year, for the first time in 70 years.

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25 minutes of fettling and then engine starts. The taxi run is in the last couple of minutes and is very brief...
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Posted 13 May 2019 - 0558 AM

They have a merlin engine in their collection which they got from Switzerland. Apparently they bought it as a spare for their mosquito in the 1950's, but it was never used. Its still in the original box, and only ever ran on the test stand. which is about as original as merlins get.

 

They also reputedly have a Hampden there, which their long term aim is to restore to flight. Id love to see that.


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Posted 13 May 2019 - 0846 AM

http://warbirdsnews....o-normandy.html

 

After almost 18 months of planning, fundraising and training, the D-Day Squadron, the American contingent of Douglas C-47 and DC-3 transports participating in Daks over Normandy, is about to embark upon their journey to Europe to celebrate the 75th anniversary of D-Day. On May 19th, the D-Day Squadron will depart Oxford-Waterbury airport in Connecticut and head East to cross the Atlantic along the original Blue Spruce route. There will be a full week of activities to kick off this event, including a special Squadron flyover of the Statue of Liberty. All the details can be found HERE.

The list of airplanes taking part is changing regularly, as is understandable when juggling such a monumental challenge. Some teams tried until last minute to get their aircraft ready to take part, but the complexity of the mission, the logistical challenges and the enormous costs involved inevitably took a toll with some having to cancel their participation. The following is the ONLY OFFICIAL list approved by the D-Day Squadron at this time marking which aircraft will participate…. as they like to call it…The Mighty Fifteen!


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#87 Stuart Galbraith

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Posted 13 May 2019 - 0921 AM

Original ME262 to fly. For one flight only, which with the original Jumo's I can entirely understand.

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Posted 08 June 2019 - 0814 AM

Fairey Barracuda. https://www.bbc.co.u...merset-48553262
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Posted 08 June 2019 - 1133 AM

I remember seeing the half completed example at Yeovilton when I visited some years ago.It will be great to see it finished. At the same time I was also rather stunned to see a complete Fairey Fulmar. I thought ALL of those had gone.


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