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Preview: The Vintage Aviation Echo – Volume I. We thought it fitting to include our in-depth feature on flying the Blériot, one of the pioneering designs of early aviation, with Mikael Carlson in the inaugural volume of our new magazine."Do all of these things, and the Blériot will still be the worst aircraft you will ever fly. You could fly it for 30 years and most of the flights will not be fun. But after the flight you have the huge satisfaction of knowing you've flown an authentic first generation aeroplane that is a pioneering design dating back over 110 years." – Mikael Carlson, The Vintage Aviation Echo: Volume IJoin our mailing list today to receive exclusive updates and previews ahead of our formal launch on 18 April: vaemag.com ... See MoreSee Less
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There is just one month to go until the beginning of the UK airshow season with Shuttleworth's Best of British Airshow on 12th May.The line-up boasts a large selection of the Shuttleworth fleet as well as a strong host of visiting aircraft, including Spitfire FR XIVe MV293 in its new Indian scheme, Bristol Blenheim and the much anticipated Old Warden debut of the Historic Aircraft Collection's beautiful Hawker Fury Mk I.For more information and tickets, see the Shuttleworth website: shuttleworth.org/product/best-of-british-2024/ ... See MoreSee Less
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Preview: The Vintage Aviation Echo – Volume I features a comprehensive précis of flying the Curtiss P-40C Warhawk with The Fighter Collection's Chief Pilot Pete Kynsey.“You can see the lineage of the P-36 in all P-40s; that was quite an early monoplane fighter that first flew in a similar era to the Spitfire, and that's particularly evident when flying the P-40C; it's very much of its era and displays those earlier ideas. The bigger Allison engine P-40s that followed, and the Merlin-powered F model, have improved performance in terms of power and airspeed, but I'm not sure they're nicer aeroplanes. They're higher performance fighters, but the penalty is that they become heavier in pitch and lose the lightness that makes the P-40B and C such pleasant aeroplanes to fly.” – Pete Kynsey, The Vintage Aviation Echo: Volume IJoin our mailing list today to receive exclusive updates and previews ahead of our formal launch on 18 April: vaemag.com ... See MoreSee Less
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Following from our recent post about 'Jersey Jerk', we thought a look at the previous Mustang operated by Ultimate Warbird Flights would be appropriate, as featured in our article Creating 'Contrary Mary': The Story of a Mustang Scheme.vintageaviationecho.com/mustang-contrary-mary/Originally restored for The Fighter Collection & joining their fleet in 2007, it was finished in a 55th Fighter Group scheme of Captain Frank Birtciel's ‘Miss Velma’. Following a forced landing in 2017, the Mustang was repaired and repainted as 'Contrary Mary', the mount of Lt Col Roy B Caviness, 78th Fighter Group USAAF.Join our mailing list today to receive exclusive updates and previews ahead of our magazine's formal launch on 18 April: vaemag.comImages : Harry Measures Photography ... See MoreSee Less
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