NEWS IN BRIEF

A Meyers OTW-145, G-MOTW, arrived at the Aircraft Restoration Company hangar at Duxford in mid-November. A total of 104 OTWs were built at the Meyers plant at Tecumseh, Michigan during the late 1930s. The aluminium monocoque-fuselage, tandem-seat biplane is powered by a 145hp Warner Super Scarab.

During May 2018, combat veteran B-17G Flying Fortress 42-32076 Shoo Shoo Baby will be removed from display at the National Museum of the US Air Force at Wright-Patterson AFB, Dayton, Ohio, and go into storage before being shipped to the National Air and Space Museum at Dulles Airport, Virginia. B-17F 41-24485 Memphis Belle will take Shoo Shoo Baby’s place at Dayton.

Duxford-based pleasure flying operator Classic Wings will begin using Noorduyn AT-16 Harvard IIb FE992/G-BDAM during the 2018 season. For many years part of the Harvard Formation Team’s displays, owned and flown by the late Norman Lees, G-BDAM was acquired from Silver Victory BVBA by Canadian collector Ed Russell in 2003. It has now returned to the UK and been repainted in a yellow Royal Canadian Air Force scheme with codes ER-992. BEN DUNNELL

Well-known UK display pilot Jonathon Whaley confirmed during November that his colourful ex-Swiss Air Force Hawker Hunter F58A G-PSST Miss Demeanour has been sold to Lortie Aviation in Canada. Based in Sainte-Catherine-de-la- Jacques-Cartier, Québec, the company already operates a fleet of Hunters on combat training duties, supporting military training operations. BEN DUNNELL

A six-episode Paramount TV adaptation of the Joseph Heller book Catch-22, about a bombardier on a USAAF B-25 unit in Italy, is due to go into production during early 2018. It will feature George Clooney as Colonel Cathcart, a part played by Martin Balsam in the memorable 1970 big-screen adaptation, which included plenty of breathtaking B-25 footage.