SWISS JUNKERS GROUNDED
Following the crash of Ju-Air Junkers Ju 52/3m HB-HOT on 4 August with the loss of 20 lives, the Swiss Federal Office of Civil Aviation has pulled the certificates of airworthiness for the operator’s remaining two Ju 52s, HB-HOP and HB-HOS. Corrosion was found in the spars, some wing components and cabin floor parts of the wreckage of HB-HOT, although it has been stressed that those deficiencies are not related to the accident.
R4118 OPERATIONAL AGAIN
Hurricane Heritage’s Hawker Hurricane I, R4118, flew again on 12 November at Duxford in the hands of John Romain, having been out of action since the discovery of cracks in the engine block in August 2017. Owner James Brown made his first flight in the machine soon after.
DAM BUSTERS REMAKE BACK ON
Film director Peter Jackson has said his long-rumoured Dam Busters film is set to go into production, following almost 10 years of trying to get the project off the ground.
UK REGISTER UPDATE
Among the latest additions to the British civil register are Messerschmitt Bf 109E-7 Werknummer 0854/G-CLBX for restorer Craig Charleston, Miles M.48 Messenger G-AGOY for Stuart Blanchard, and Stampe SV4A G-JJGI for ever-popular display pilot Stu Goldspink.