The Imperial War Museum has launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at conserving their rare Handley Page Victor on behalf of the UK.
The museum’s example, XH648, is the only one of its kind in the nation. Originally built as a B1 model in the late 1950s, the aircraft was later converted to a B1A and went on to serve with the Far East Air Force during the Indonesian Confrontation. In 1965 it was again converted, this time to a B(K)1A two-point tanker, and continued to operate until 1976.
The Victor is said to be in good condition externally, although external corrosion has been spotted. The campaign’s £450,000 target will help assess the aircraft’s condition and fund conservation efforts, which are expected to take up to five years.
Interested parties can contribute to the effort here.
An online petition has been launched to reopen the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond, which was reportedly closed by the Virginia Science Museum last month.
The petition states that the museum was closed “with little advance warning and without the concurrence of the Virginia Aviation Historical Society”, the organization that formed and maintained the facility for many years.
The reason for the closure was said to be “extensive repairs” that could not be justified. However, the petition states that “the Science Museum’s own engineers concluded that the building would be good for at least ten more years” and further that the museum has “ample funds to make the repairs and to operate the museum”.
The petition seeks the establishment of a contract between the Aviation Museum and the airport authorities to keep the facility open for the foreseeable future. To sign the petition or obtain additional information, click here.
After facing foreclosure and bankruptcy proceedings, the situation at the Evergreen Aviation & Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon may have finally stabilized. Property at the site, including the space museum and the neighboring Wings & Waves Waterpark, will reportedly be acquired by Utah businessman Steve Down and a group of investors in a $10.9 million deal.
The move will make Downs a co-landlord along with Maine developer George Schott, who was part of a group that acquired the museum itself last year in a $22 million deal. Down will reportedly operate the waterpark as a for-profit business and develop a four-star hotel nearby.
The deal, which is said to be “very favorable to the museum”, is set to close on August 5th.
(OregonLive via The Air Museum Network Photo via Wikimedia Commons)
We’ve already seen how the A-10’s massive GAU-8 Avenger is reloaded, and now, thanks to YouTuber “AiirSource Military”, we know what firing it sounds like from the cockpit.
The GoPro footage after the jump was captured at the 2016 installment of Hawg Smoke, a biannual competition that gathers A-10s from various Air Force units for strafing, high-altitude dive-bombing, low-angle high-delivery and Maverick missile tests.
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Yesterday, Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Clint Eastwood’s upcoming film Sully. The movie tells the dramatic true story of US Airways Flight 1549, which suffered dual engine failures following a bird strike on January 15, 2009 and was successfully ditched in the Hudson River by pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger, saving all 155 on board.
The films stars Tom Hanks as the heroic pilot, and is based on the book Highest Duty: My Search For What Really Matters, which Sullenberger co-authored with Jeffrey Zaslow.
Sully is reportedly the first movie to be shot almost entirely with IMAX cameras, and will play in IMAX theaters for two weeks following its September 9th opening.
Click here to check out the trailer.
The Jimmy Doolittle Center in Vacaville, California has acquired an original Lockheed Vega for its collection.
The aircraft was one of five built for Shell Oil Co. in 1933 and was designated “Shell Oil Number 7”. At the time, Doolittle was managing the company’s aviation department and flew No.7 on many occasions.
The “stunningly beautiful” machine was offered for sale following the death of its owner, hotelier John Desmond, and the Doolittle Center soon began negotiations. The resulting purchase agreement will see the Vega paid for over a three year period, with roughly half of the necessary funds being raised through donations.
A rollout event recently held to celebrate the Vega’s arrival at Vacaville was attended by aviation luminaries Bob Hoover and Clay Lacy as well as Doolittle’s granddaughter, Jonna Doolittle Hoppes, and other family members.
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The Bugatti 100P Project, which previously built and flew a reproduction of Bugatti’s groundbreaking “Blue Dream” design, have proposed a single engine, two-seat, carbon-fiber version of the aircraft that is currently “in the early planning stages”.
The group is in the process of gauging interest for the project, although a timeframe and price point has not yet been established. A decision has also not been made about whether the machine could be made available as a kit if the idea comes to fruition.
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The EAA has announced that the 2016 AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh will commemorate the 25th anniversary of Operation Desert Storm/Desert Shield with a special gathering of aircraft that served in the conflict.
The aircraft already confirmed for this year’s AirVenture gathering include fighter jets such as the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Falcon, A-10 Warthog, and F-18 Hornet. It also includes such support aircraft as the KC-135, EA-6B, and C-5M. Many of the aircraft used during those operations remain valuable assets for the U.S. military today. In addition, the Air Combat Command F-16 Viper Demonstration Team will fly as part of the afternoon air shows on Friday through Sunday, July 29-31.
In addition to the collection of aircraft, military commanders will be on hand to share their experiences serving in the operation. Gen. Chuck Horner, commander of the U.S. and Allied air operations in Desert Storm and Desert Shield, will be the guest of honor at an evening “Salute to Veterans” Day program on July 29th along with Gen. Gilmary Hostage, who flew combat missions during Desert Storm.
EAA’s vice president of communities and member programs, Rick Larsen, states “The planning, coordination and execution of what amounted to more than 100,000 sorties in a 43-day period during Desert Storm was a historical achievement in military aviation history. We are proud to welcome the soldiers, aviators, and aircraft of that operation to Oshkosh for a remembrance a quarter-century later.”
AirVenture 2016 will run from July 25-31 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The Museum of Flight in Seattle is preparing to open their new Aviation Pavilion, a three acre display area housing an “unrivaled” assemblage of large aircraft.
The opening will mark the first time this part of the museum’s collection can be seen in one place, and will include a number of significant military and commercial machines.
The airliner exhibit includes the world’s only presentation of the first Boeing 727, 737 and 747 jets, the first jet Air Force One, the extremely rare Boeing 247D and Douglas DC-2 airliners from the 1930s, the only Concorde on the West Coast, and the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner. The military line-up includes three big bombers—World War Two’s B-17F Flying Fortress and B-29 Superfortress, and the Cold War’s B-47 Stratojet; plus jet fighters spanning the wars from Korea to the Persian Gulf.
Visitors will also experience a “highly interactive, behind-the-scenes exploration” of the air freight business, featuring a FedEx Air Cargo display built from the fuselage of a former FedEx Boeing 727 freighter. Tours, a café, and a children’s play will also be available.
The opening is scheduled for June 25th and 26th and will include a “Paint the Ave to the Pav,” community sidewalk painting project from 9 am to 4 pm on Saturday, as well as aviation-themed giveaways. All events are reportedly free with admission to the museum.
(via Museum of Flight)
In their new book EAA Oshkosh: The Best AirVenture Photography, James P. Busha, Hal Bryan and Dick Knapinksi compile the fascinating stories, history and aircraft that make up the annual EAA AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The book is organized according to aircraft types and includes coverage of warbirds, vintage aircraft, homebuilts, seaplanes and ultralights. EAA firsts (i.e., the F-35, all of Burt Rutan, the SR-71, etc.) are also featured along with a glimpse of the lively crowds and campgrounds seen at the world’s largest fly-in.
The 224 page book draws on the EAA’s photo archive dating back to 1953 and is described as “the next best thing to actually attending the show”.
Product Page: ($17.96)