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30 January 2012

Good news all around

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The museum lists (the national and international ones) have been updated — adding over a dozen and another country (Uruguay):

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Some of the existing catagories have been reworded to be more precise — and four categories have been added, in response to requests, to more easily find posts and photos for:

  • Helicopters — whether conventional rotary wing, autogiro (autgyro) or rotary kite
  • Seaplanes — flying boats, amphibians and float planes
  • Lighter Than Air — airships and balloons
  • Unmanned Aircraft — whether UAV, drone or missile

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The People’s Mosquito Project, the construction of a new de Havilland Mosquito using original molds, continues to blossom with more experts joining in:

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The aircraft recently found off the beach in Jupiter FL has been identified as a Curtiss SB2C Helldiver — of course it is  too soon to tell if there will be a recovery but hopefully there will be since there are not many Helldivers on display as well as to protect it from the inevitable souvenir hunters — perhaps displaying it as a wreck might be in its future?

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The Royal Air Force Museum London has plans to recover a Dornier D0-17 “Flying Pencil” from the Goodwin Sands off of Kent — when displayed it will be a rare example — here is a link to the project. Once on display this addition will add depth to the Battle of Britain exhibit since this aircraft was shot down over England during the height of the battle.

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The Florida Aviation Historical Society has the Flight 2014 project  on track to celebrate the centennial of airline flight (1 January 2014)

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The Local: Sweden’s News in English reported the remains of a Handley Page Halifax bomber was recently discovered off Sweden’s southern shores, near Malmö. This find is significant since there are just two restored Halifax bombers to be seen with another conserved as a wreck in the Royal Air Force Museum London.

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Moffett Field Museum has been trying to complete the rehabilitation of Hangar One (a grand airship hangar) after removing the unhealthy materials which were a portion of the original construction. Essentially, the roof replacement is the final and expensive phase but neighboring Google has stepped up announcing it will foot the bill.

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Alameda’s former naval air station is home to the Alameda Naval Air Museum, as well as the USS Hornet Museum. Perhaps lesser known are the city’s two individual aircraft displays there — a Douglas A-4 Skyhawk at the north entrance and an LTV A-7 Corsair II at the east entrance. Both were recently restored and remounted on pylons in 2011 but the A-4 suffered a damaged cockpit, tail and starboard wing when the truck mounted crane turned onto its side — a disturbing conclusion to $50,000 worth of restoration efforts. It is slated for restoration completion in another 1½ years and, hopefully, insurance will cover the added expense. Happily, the remounting of the A-7 was entirely succesful.

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Finally, this web log has paid insufficient attention to the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) section of aviation, but that is soon to be corrected.

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