NEWS IN BRIEF

SHOREHAM TRIAL ACQUITS ANDY HILL

Andy Hill, the pilot of Hunter T7 WV372/G-BXfiwhen it crashed at the Shoreham Airshow on 22 August 2015 with the loss of 11 lives, was acquitted of manslaughter charges at the Old Bailey on 8 March following a seven-week trial. BEN DUNNELL

RADAR MODELS AT NEWARK

The Newark Air Museum has recently taken delivery of a collection of radar profiling models, used for assessment and testing of radar systems by the government’s Radar Research Department at Malvern, Worcestershire. The most unusual model is the British Aerospace P1216 (below), an advanced short take-off and vertical landing supersonic fighter project from the 1980s.

BLÉRIOT BACK ON SHOW

Following a recent re-covering, the Caernarfon Airworld Museum`s Bleriot XI replica, BAPC 448, has gone back on display. The museum has also acquired a Bristol Siddeley Pegasus engine which will go on display alongside Harrier T4 XW269, restored by Jet Art Aviation.

’DAK’ TO POLAND

The fuselage and outer wings of Douglas Dakota III FL547 Spirit of Ostra Brama, once the personal transport of the general inspector of the wartime Polish armed forces, Gen Kazimierz Sosnkowski, were flown aboard an Antonov An-124 airlifter from Canadian Forces Base Winnipeg, Manitoba, to Wrocław, Poland, on 9 March. Donated by the Canadian government, the Dakota will be restored for display in the Polish Army Museum in Warsaw.