Thursday, March 27, 2014

Spitfire Mk1a Airborne

Over at the PlaneTalk forum Brian Marshall has posted photos of the first post restoration flight of a rare Spitfire Mk1a.

To see Brian's other photos follow the link below.  Nice shooting Brian!

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Canadian Lancaster to the United Kingdom

Great news was posted on that the Canadian Warplane Heritage Lancaster bomber will be flying to the United Kingdom later summer.  The sights and sounds of TWO Lancasters in the air together will be spectacular!

Read the story here...

Sunday, February 23, 2014

Kermit Weeks Flies the Curtiss Wright CW-13R

Kermit Weeks has purchased the Curtiss Wright CW-13R from the late Don Carter.  This unique and rare airplane was saved from Bolivia, restored in San Antonio, Texas and purchased by Mr. Carter who based it in Sonoma, California for a few years.   Kermit recently flew the CW-19R for the first time.  Check out the video below of the flight.

Sunday, January 26, 2014

North to the Orient - Erik Lindbergh

Recently announced on Erik Lindbergh's Powering Imagination web site is his plan to fly the Orient again like his famous Grandparents, Charles and Anne Lindbergh.

The Lindbergh's Lockheed Sirius
The news brief below was taken from the Powering Imagination web site...

North to the Orient
In 1931 Charles and Anne Morrow Lindbergh took off for a groundbreaking flight from the US to China, via Canada, Siberia, and Japan. This flight showed the world the potential for aviation to bring the world together. This journey was immortalized in Anne Morrow Lindbergh’s book: “North to the Orient” and was also captured in the photos from this 30,000 mile journey that were immortalized in an extensive photo essay in National Geographic Magazine.
In 2016 to commemorate the 85th anniversary of his grandparents’ flight, Erik Lindbergh plans to retrace this journey in a plane powered by biofuels. This adventure will show the possibilities that new sustainable power technologies create, and it will allow Powering Imagination to directly bring its message to Canada, Siberia, Japan, and China. While this flight is a tribute to the original, Erik plans to continue beyond the terminus of the original journey to connect with more people in new locations.
In conjunction with the journey, a feature documentary on this flight will also be filmed for global distribution. The documentary will cover the adventure, the message of sustainability, and the cultural connections between the people along Erik’s flight path. Planning for the 2016 departure starts in 2014!

Should be an exciting trip to bring aviation and new technology back to mainstream news!

Links - Powering Imagination - Lockheed Sirius

Tuesday, January 07, 2014

New Home for Cessna Airmaster

Preparing for departure

Cessna Airmaster NC25485 now has a new home in Deer Park, Washington with Chad Vanderhoof.  Kelly Mahon did the honors to fly the ship to its new home.  NC25485 was purchased from the Russell Williams collection and flown across Washington State yesterday.  Congrats to Chad for reviving and flying this rare ship. Hope you see many happy hours ahead flying the 165hp antique!

Time warp!
New owner Chad (on left) with vintage airplane pilot Kelly (on right)
Kelly enjoying a 1930's view of the mountains
Already attracting a crowd at its new home