Saturday, March 21, 2015

Texas Flying Legends to Saint Barths Airshow

Texas Flying Legends P-40

Texas Flying Legends along with Lewis Air Legends made the trip from Texas to Anguilla out past the British Virgin Islands! The crews from both Warbird collections have assembled quite the formation to make the LONG trip to perform an airshow at Saint Barthelemy.

Two B-25 Mitchells, two F7F Tigercats, a Zero, a P-40 Warhawk, a TBM Avenger and a F4U Corsair are on the adventure.

Check out this highlights video from the Texas Flying Legends cameras... video

All Things Aero reported on the beginning of the trip.... article here

It is exciting to see that the owners and pilots of these Warbirds will venture far and wide to display these historic aircraft!

Links - Texas Flying Legends - Lewis Air Legends


Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Bata Lockheed 10 - Post Restoration First Flight

Wichita Air Services photo

Hats off to Wichita Air Services for the post restoration first flight of Lockheed 10 serial number 1091!

Watch the first engine start here... video

Watch the first take off here... video

This 10 has a unique history, as most vintage airplanes do, in that it was first purchased by Bata and will soon return to the Czech Republic to live near its original home!

A link to on post on the Bata company web site... Bata in the News

It's new home in the Czech Republic will be... Tocna

For more on surviving Lockheed 10 and 12 aircraft visit.... Another Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

St. Louis Robin - Curtiss Robin History Relived

Last November 15th I made the trip down to near Waco, Texas to see a historic airplane. A Curtiss Robin named The St. Louis Robin. Terry Bowden and his crew prepared the Robin for flight after it has been sitting for many years. Kelly Mahon would do the piloting. What took place on that day in November was not just some friends gathering to see the airplane... or even see it make a flight... there were family members of the original record breaking flight on hand! They all wanted to see history!

Dale Jackson and Forest O'Brine flew this very Curtiss Robin on a record breaking endurance flight of 420 hours and 21 minutes. Follow the link below to read Terry Bowden's blog with the back story on this historic Curtiss Robin.

Barnstormer's Random Aeronautics

A quick flight around the pattern was made and then Kelly took two of the three family members, relatives of Jackson and O'Brine, for a flight. An amazing day reconnecting to a historic event!

The St. Louis Robin

Close up of the name

View from the pilot's seat - "Like flying a jungle gym" said pilot Kelly Mahon

Curitss Robin

The Curtiss Challenger engine

A booklet preserved from the historic flight

Terry and Kelly prepare for engine start with a visiting Cessna 195 looking on

On take off roll

Pilot Kelly Mahon with the relatives of Jackson and O'Brine
The crew and the Curtiss Robin
 For more historic photos follow this link... St. Louis Today photos

Also.... a video featuring the St. Louis Robin... video