Straight & Level 4 June

Wooden Wonder finds its wings

Thanks to Geoff Jones for this photo of a beautifully restored de Havilland DH98 Mosquito “Wooden Wonder”.

The aircraft was reconstructed in New Zealand where it first flew in September 2012. It was then dismantled and shipped to the USA, where it is now based at Jerry Yagen’s Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach. Its first US flight was on 7 May.

According to Geoff, the all-wooden aircraft is the first of the type to fly anywhere since a British Aerospace-owned example crashed fatally at an air show in Barton, Manchester in July 1996.

The jigs and moulds used to restore the Jerry Yagen Mosquito are being used to create a second example for an undisclosed customer. A further DH98 is being restored in Washington State and is closing in on its maiden flight.

The photo was taken at the recent Warbirds Over the Beach air show.

IMG_0276.jpgTime travellers

Great reunion story from Marshall Aerospace about one of its managers.

In 1963, Terry Holloway was an 18-year-old RAF apprentice fitter, who was encouraged into a flying career by his instructor, Flt Lt Brian Entwisle. After learning the ropes in a de Havilland Chipmunk at RAF Halton, Holloway went on to enjoy three decades in the service, before retiring as a group captain.

Fifty years after those formative lessons, and last meeting, the pair have flown together after Holloway discovered that Entwisle was the father-in-law of a colleague at Marshall Aerospace.

They took a flight in one of the Cessna 172 training aircraft belonging to the Cambridge Aero Club. The occasion also marked the 80th birthday of Entwistle, who retired from flying and the RAF, also as a group captain, in 1972.

IMG_0134.jpgClear as dud

Two nations divided by a common language and all that. Ian Goold spotted this headline in New Jersey’s The Star-Ledger.

“With new plane and new duds, United celebrates 25 years at Newark airport.”

Just to explain to those who don’t speak American, “duds” refers to the redesigned cabin crew clobber, not United’s airborne-again 787s.

Droning on

No doubt aware of the negative connotations associated with the phrase “drone”, the military bit of EADS, Cassidian, has adapted a more universally acceptable-sounding tag for one of its planned market offerings.

Yes, folks, already responsible for “defending world security”, Cassidian is also now claiming responsibility for the Future European Medium-Altitude, Long-Endurance unmanned air system, or FEMALE.

The lesson might be: don’t ever accuse a female of being

a drone.

Generation game

The ever-reliable Goold pops up again to question a reference in Budgie News to Southwest Airlines launching the 737 Max by converting orders for “current generation” 737s.

“For umpteen years, Boeing has been telling all who would listen that today’s 737 (based on a 1964 design  – more than halfway back to Boeing’s establishment in 1916) is next generation,” he says.

“And Southwest is going to have to wait until almost the next decade to get them, by which time…”

Lack of vision

The organisers of the Night Vision Awards – to be held in Orlando at the Airborne Law Enforcement Agency’s (ALEA) annual conference on 18 July – appear to have picked a strange time to hand out the gongs.

The presentation will be at 16:30… in broad daylight.


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