NEWS IN BRIEF

METEOR T7 LEAVES UK

Gloster Meteor T7 WA591/G-BWMF made its final flight in the UK from Coventry Airport on 20 March, transiting to Liverpool John Lennon Airport for loading onto a ship at Liverpool docks prior to an Atlantic crossing. It is now owned by the World Heritage Air Museum at Coleman A. Young International Airport in Detroit. After test-flying and certification it is planned to fly the Meteor in formation with a DH Vampire and Venom at Oshkosh in July to mark the RAF centenary.

CHARGES TO BE BROUGHT OVER SHOREHAM TRAGEDY

On 21 March the Crown Prosecution Service announced that it will charge Andy Hill, the pilot of Hunter T7 WV372 when it crashed at the Shoreham Airshow on 22 August 2015, with the manslaughter by gross negligence of the 11 men who died in the accident, and with endangering an aircraft contrary to Article 137 of the Air Navigation Order 2009. The CPS said, “Mr Hill will be formally charged with the offences and will appear before the courts in due course.” BEN DUNNELL

ANOTHER P-51 IN GERMANY

P-51D Mustang 44-63899/N4034S Queen of Hearts recently left Port Elizabeth, South Africa, heading by surface transport for MeierMotors at Bremgarten, south-west Germany. It will become the seventh P-51D to undergo work in the MeierMotors workshop.

GR4 FOR DUXFORD

Panavia Tornado GR4 ZA469 arrived by road at IWM Duxford from RAF Marham on 27 March. The type will soon be retired from RAF service, and Marham will become the main base for the RAF and Royal Navy F-35 Lightning IIs.

DAMS RAID GALA

On the 75th anniversary of the Ruhr dams raid, 17 May, a commemorative gala event at the Royal Albert Hall hosted by Dan Snow will include a showing of the film The Dam Busters in newly restored form, which will also be shown that evening at numerous cinemas around the UK. See www.thedambusters75.co.uk. BD