NEWS IN BRIEF

CAMEL AND BLÉRIOT DISPLAYED AT NASM

A genuine Sopwith F1 Camel, B6291/G-ASOP, and a 1911 Colorado-built Vandersal Blériot went on show at the National Air and Space Museum’s Udvar-Hazy Center at Dulles Airport, Washington on 12 September. The aircraft have been presented by the estate of the late Javier Arango, who died in the crash of his Nieuport 28 replica near Paso Robles, California on 23 April, and was a past NASM board member.

CAMEL REPLICA DAMAGED

John Shaw’s recently completed, Clerget 9B-powered Sopwith Camel F1 reproduction F-AZZC was damaged during its maiden flight from a private strip at Orbigny in the Loire region of France on 24 September following engine failure shortly after take-off. Built using original drawings, John has a second Camel, F-AZZB, in build.

WASHINGTON MUSEUM SHUTS

At Concrete, north-western Washington, the North Cascades Vintage Aircraft Museum has closed down, 15 years after being established by Harold Hanson. Among the aircraft that will be sold are a Monocoupe Clipwing 110 Special, a Gee Bee Model E Sportster replica, a Hall Springfield Bulldog replica, a 1930 Stinson Junior and a Beech D17.

BREITLING ENDS ‘CONNIE’ BACKING

The Breitling watch company has withdrawn sponsorship from the Super Constellation Flyers Association’s Basle-based Lockheed Super Constellation, HB-RSC Star of Switzerland. During September, the Flying Bulls’ Douglas DC-6B OE-LDM was undertaking pleasure flights from Basle, with the profits going to support HB-RSC.

GATOW GETS Bo 105P

The Militärhistorisches Museum at the former RAF Gatow in Berlin took delivery of former German Army MBB Bo 105P1A1M serial 87+62 on 26 September. The helicopter wears special colours applied to mark the type’s retirement in 2016.

BEN DUNNELL