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Old 05-07-2013, 02:39 PM   #4696
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Old 05-07-2013, 03:30 PM   #4697
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Had a nice Fairchild 24 swing through today. They also made these with a radial engine. I'm guessing that this is a Ranger engine.





Prop detail...

Constant speed prop. Another possibility for the engine would be a Menasco.
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Old 05-07-2013, 09:28 PM   #4698
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Look what just happened in the US for the first time in MANY years

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World’s Only Flying Mosquito Flew Today!




Regular readers of Warbirds News know we’ve been following the progress of Jerry Yagen and the Military Aviation Museum’s de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, from its shipment from New Zealand to the announcement of its first public appearance. The plane has been being assembled over the past few weeks at the Military Aviation Museum’s facility in Virginia Beach, Virginia, with the assistance of technicians from Avspecs Ltd of New Zealand, who had completed the assembly and initial test flights of the plane at their shop in the Southern Hemisphere before disassembling it and packing it into three shipping containers for the month-long oversea journey to its new home in the states.


The Mosquito during flight testing in New Zealand, prior to disassembly and shipment.
(Photo Credit: Avspecs Ltd/Military Aviation Museum)
The project, which has resulted in what is believed to be the world’s only airworthy Mosquito, has been an 8-year and reportedly four million dollar odyssey for Yagen and the museum. The Mosquito’s unique glued balsa and birch wood construction conceived to minimize metal usage during wartime, made for an extremely lightweight plane, that while an exceptional performer, had no shot at longevity as the animal glues that held their molded wood fuselages together made for a plane that literally decomposed, and quite rapidly if exposed to the elements.


Fabrication of moulded wooden Mosquito fuselage.
(Image Credit: Canadian Historical Aircraft Association)
Perhaps for the sheer challenge of the project, Hagen located a mouldering pile of wood that had once been a Mosquito but still had much of its metal bracketry and other non-wooden items intact and had a body fabricated from scratch by Mr. Glyn Powell of Papakura, New Zealand, based upon jigs and molds he had completed by hand over the course of a decade for a static display Mosquito commissioned by the Canadian Historical Aircraft Association. An airworthy Mosquito, being something of the holy grail for aviation enthusiasts, as word got out that Hagen was resurrecting one, rare and needed parts for the restoration were gladly offered up to aid in the project. Landing gear brakes from England, a pair of engines from Australia, instruments and a propeller from Canada, a seat found (un)surprisingly enough on eBay, “One by one, these pieces all came out of the woodwork” says Yagen.

The plane has been finished in the colors and marking of the 487th Squadron of the Royal New Zealand Air Force that, flying their Mosquitos, took part in the daring Allied raid dubbed “Operation Jericho” where Allied bombers attacked the Amiens prison in German-occupied France, causing extensive damage to the facility and enabling over a hundred Resistance prisoners, who were scheduled for execution, to escape.


Mosquito undergoing engine and ground testing under the watchful eyes of FAA inspectors.
(Photo Credit: Avspecs Ltd/Military Aviation Museum)
The plane underwent ground testing for FAA inspectors last week, which it passed with flying colors and while the air tests for certification to fly in US airspace was originally scheduled for last Friday, uncooperative weather on that day and over the weekend caused delays in doing the flight certification. This morning the plane took to the air and was put through it’s paces without incident, though it is still awaiting final certification from the FAA which is expected shortly. The public debut for the Mosquito is scheduled for the Military Aviation Museum’s Warbirds Over the Beach Air Show on the 18th and 19th of this month.

Here is the video of the take off.

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Old 05-08-2013, 01:56 AM   #4699
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Old 05-08-2013, 10:13 AM   #4700
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Old 05-08-2013, 07:20 PM   #4701
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You weren't in Gander with the broke C5 by any chance were you?
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Old 05-12-2013, 09:17 PM   #4702
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Old 05-13-2013, 05:15 AM   #4703
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I did a contract flying gig in India. Air India is not to be confused with several other notably more air worthy carriers in the country. (Although a few of non-state private carriers were not so great....).

The DGCA, at the time I was there, and for some time thereafter, reportedly had not one qualified air transport pilot on staff. I don't think they even had any pilots of any kind on staff.

Every year you had to trudge to Delhi and get your FATA, basically a permit for a foreigner to fly in India. It was a surreal experience to say the least. No AC, a very very grotty bathroom, broken windows, cracked walls, mold on walls, tatty calendars on the wall that were showing March, 3 years previous, a room with mountains of paperwork stacked floor to ceiling bound with string, and all over the big tables too, with about 6 government employees sleepily going through whatever papers were there. You always had to wait 1-3 hours in the dismal lobby because it was just a power trip on their part because you could watch them do nothing but read the paper and sip tea while you waited.

But I love India. Really.

However, those two pilots might deserve the gaol.

Had exactly the same experience. It was common for them to administer the A&P exam to foreign pilots to ensure failure. I was one of the few pilots who legitimately passed their validation exams, and still our company man had to meet the DGCA official at his home, with a briefcase full of cash, to "discuss my score".

I haven't been there in years but every time there is talk of eliminating the foreign pilots, an indian crew does something unbelievably stupid. My company actually had pilots on the roster who had forged their training documents from Flight Safety, because they COULD NOT PASS RECURRENT! Flight Safety found out and actually prohibited the training of Indian pilots for a time. Even with this known, they were still on flying status.

Man, I should write a book.
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Old 05-13-2013, 06:44 AM   #4704
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You weren't in Gander with the broke C5 by any chance were you?

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Old 05-13-2013, 10:28 AM   #4705
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However, those two pilots might deserve the gaol.
I should have speculated that instead of jail time what is more likely to occur with the tight brotherhood of Air India pilots is the argument: "We were fatigued, that overnight red-eye to Bangkok and out again had us exhausted, we were actually acting in a safe manner by resting in business class". Naturally, the company would try to sack them or the DGCA to bring charges but knows that is a risky thing to do since the air India pilots may start a sympathy strike. It's happened more than once for similar antics and grounded the money losing airline to halt.
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Old 05-16-2013, 08:18 AM   #4706
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Old 05-19-2013, 10:55 AM   #4707
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Lancaster takeoff at VA Beach yesterday:


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Old 05-20-2013, 01:59 PM   #4708
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Lancaster takeoff...

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Old 05-20-2013, 06:44 PM   #4709
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Lancaster takeoff at VA Beach yesterday:


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I love seeing that Lanc. My dad flew them in WW2 and had lots of stories.
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Old 05-21-2013, 03:33 PM   #4710
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A-ha! I see what happened. Thanks!
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