Restoration of the Finnish Air Force Museum Douglas DC-2 is now forging ahead with a volunteer team at the Aviation Museum of Central Finland at Tikkakoski. It is hoped that the machine will be externally complete by September 2011.
At Raf Museum Cosford, the Michael Beetham Conservation Centre will be open to the public from November 15–20, allowing a rare chance to view the museum’s Sopwith Dolphin restoration project. The reconstruction includes many original parts, including a tailplane and elevator, fuel tank, radiators, and a 6ft length of rear fuselage. It is hoped that the Dolphin will be ready for display at Hendon in 2011.
On october 8 at New Market Airport, Virginia, USA, Bob Coolbaugh made the maiden flight of his replica 1911 Curtiss-Ely Pusher. The retired navy/airline pilot has spent more than 6,000hr building the Curtiss since work began during the summer of 2008. On November 12, the 125 h.p. Continental C-125- powered machine is due to fly at Naval Air Station Norfolk, Virginia, during the centenary celebrations of Eugene Ely’s November 1910 flight in a Curtiss from the USS Birmingham, the first time an aeroplane had taken off from a ship.
Messerschmitt Me 262B-1a Werknr 110639, above, arrived at the National Museum of Naval Aviation at Pensacola, Florida, USA on September 30. The only genuine two-seat trainer ’262 in the world, it had previously resided at the Wings of Freedom Museum at Willow Grove Naval Air Station (NAS), Pennsylvania.
Supermarine Spitfire IX SL633 made its first post- restoration flight at Paine Field, Washington, USA, on October 15 with John Romain at the controls. Restoration of the fighter, which is owned by John Sessions’ Historic Flight Foundation, began in 2007 with Historic Flying at Duxford. It had its first engine runs in December 2009, and left Duxford in a container on August 10.