STAMPE GOES HOME
Former Belgian Air Force Stampe SV-4B V-27/D-EIHD arrived at Antwerp on 26 October after spending many years based at Aachen-Merzbrück, Germany. Now registered OO-RAY to new owner Raymond Cuypers, it becomes the 15th airworthy Stampe at Antwerp.
TROOPSHIP BACK TO NETHERLANDS
Fokker C-31A Troopship serial 85-1608, recently retired from use as a jump platform for the US Army’s Golden Knights parachute team, has been acquired by a new group in the Netherlands, the Stichting Vliegend Nederlands Cultureel Erfgoed (Flying Dutch Cultural Heritage Foundation). The F27, a -400M model, is scheduled to be flown back to its birthplace in 2020.
TARRANT TOWER DISPLAYED IN DORSET
Part of the RAF Tarrant Rushton control tower, from which the signal from the War Office to start the D-Day parachute assault was transmitted to the waiting aircraft, was on display at the Great Dorset Steam Fair at the end of August. It is owned by the Smith family of Okeford Fitzpaine, Dorset.
DUTCH B-25 AIRBORNE AGAIN
B-25N Mitchell PH-XXV of the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight made its first flight for three years at Gilze-Rijen on 31 October. BEN DUNNELL
MOHAWK LOST IN FLORIDA
On 1 November, Grumman OV-1D Mohawk 68-15958/N10VD crashed during a rehearsal for the Stuart Air Show in Florida, pilot Dr Joseph Masessa being killed. BEN DUNNELL