NEWS IN BRIEF

ULSTER PHANTOM UNVEILED

The Ulster Aviation Society unveiled freshly restored McDonnell Douglas Phantom FG1 XT864 in its display hangar at Long Kesh near Lisburn on 28 April. It has been repainted in the 892 Squadron, Fleet Air Arm colours it wore while serving on HMS Ark Royal during the mid-1970s.

SPITFIRE DOCUMENTARY SET FOR RELEASE

The feature-length documentary Spitfire will receive a cinema release in the UK on 20 July. The production includes aerial footage shot by photographer John Dibbs, along with rare, digitally remastered film from the war years.

HERCULES NOSE AT HENDON

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The nose of Lockheed WC-130E Hercules 64-0553 arrived at the RAF Museum at Hendon on 14 June, and is on display in the new Age of Uncertainty exhibition. The rest of the weather reconnaissance aircraft was scrapped at Davis- Monthan AFB in April 2001. The nose is on loan from the Pima Air and Space Museum in Arizona.

METEOR T7 FLIES IN USA

The former Coventry-based, Air Atlantique-owned Gloster Meteor T7 WA591 made its first flight since being exported to the USA at Hampton Roads Executive Airport, Virginia on 18 June. Now owned by the World Heritage Air Museum and based at City Airport in Detroit, Michigan, the machine — reregistered as NX313Q — is due to fly in an RAF 100 tribute at Oshkosh.

’DAK’ AND METEOR IN LONDON

Dakota IV ‘KG374’ (really KP208), from Merville Barracks in Colchester, Essex, and former world air speed record-holding Meteor F4 EE549 from the Tangmere Military Aviation Museum went on display on the Mall in London at the beginning of July for the latest stop in the RAF100 National Aircraft Tour.