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3 Hurricanes for Old Warden

3 Hurricanes for Old Warden

The arrival of recently restored Hawker Hurricane Mk.II P3717 at Old Warden aerodrome on Tuesday, 9 May 2017 marks the first time in many years that three Hurricanes have resided at the same airfield. Read more

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Read all about Raimund Riedmann's love affair with the Lockheed P-38 Lightning in our article at vintageaviationecho.com/raimund-riedmann-on-his-love-affair-with-the-p-38-lightning/

“Flying over the White Cliffs on the way to Duxford is always emotional. There’s a feeling, a weight, to the air over Dover that you really appreciate as an aviator. The air is thick with history. You think of Blériot, RFC squadrons flying to France, the Few… You feel it, the spirit of aviation, and you can’t help but wonder about your tiny part in telling that story.”
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We've been reminiscing about the Flying Legends airshows of old, and the conversation naturally turned to the traditional 'Joker' displays that precede the climactic 'Balbo' formation. Just four pilots have flown the 'Joker' routine - Stephen and Nick Grey, Paul Bonhomme and Richard Grace - in a number of different mounts. Amongst them are Gladiator, Hawk 75, P-51C Mustang, Hellcat, Bearcat, Sea Fury and Spitfires mark I, V and XIV. An eclectic mix of vintage types spanning from the RAF's last biplane fighter to the pinnacle of piston fighter development. We all have our favourite 'Joker' displays from over the years - we're interested to hear from our readers, so comment below and let us know which displays you have particularly enjoyed and why? ... See MoreSee Less

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Our 'Pilot's Notes' series has covered some of the world's rarest and most sought after historic aircraft, from the Il-2 Sturmovik to the F-104 Starfighter. We've also profiled three beautiful examples of the P-51 Mustang lineage and their respective stories: Pacific Fighters' XP-51 restoration, the transatlantic crossing of P-51B 'Berlin Express' and the world air speed record attempt by Steve Hinton, Jr in the beastly 'Super Mustang'.

Beyond the obvious DNA link, there are further synergies between the three aeroplanes. The XP-51 was restored and raced at Reno by John Muszala II, who was also involved in the P-51B's restoration and technical support for its transatlantic flight. John grew up visiting the Reno Air Races with his friend Steve Hinton, Jr, who achieved great success at Reno in 'Voodoo' before breaking the world piston air speed record.

Collectively, the three articles are chapters in a broader story that cuts across multiple aviators, restoration workshops and feats, all linked by one common factor: North American's P-51 Mustang.

Restoration to Reno: John Muszala II on the XP-51 Mustang: vintageaviationecho.com/xp51a/

Crossing the Atlantic Ocean in P-51B Mustang 'Berlin Express': vintageaviationecho.com/operation-berlin-express/

Setting a world air speed record in P-51 Mustang 'Voodoo': vintageaviationecho.com/voodoo-speed-record/
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