Warbirds at the Quinte International Air Show 2016

The following photographs were donated to Defence of the Realm by Bob Willis and were taken yesterday at CFB Trenton, Canada during the first day of the Quinte International Air Show 2016.

FM213 Lady Orchid, Avro Lancaster KB895 WL-O VR-A Quinte Trenton P-51D Mustang B-25 Mitchell

An awe-inspiring sight; Lancaster, Mitchell and Mustang make a formation fly past of the crowd.


FM213 Lady Orchid, Avro Lancaster KB895 WL-O VR-A Quinte Trenton

“Vera” in disguise; Avro Lancaster FM213 VR-A, one of only two airowrthy Lancastasers in the world is being flown in the temporary markings of Lancaster KB895 WL-O Lady Orchid. Lady Orchid was an aircraft that flew with No.434 Squadron RCAF during the war and has 35 operations to her credit.


B-25 Mitchell Royal Canadian Air Force RCAF Quinte airshow 2016

B-25 Mitchell sporting D-Day invasion stripes.


 

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American aircraft at the Helicopter Museum

A collection of the American manufactured aircraft on display at the Helicopter Museum in Weston-Super-Mare, UK.
History: The Helicopter Museum
Photos: Tony Wilkins

 


Bell UH-1H Iroquois, 66-16579, C/N. 8771.
Built 1967 in Hurst, Texas, as a 13-seat utility transport helicopter powered by one Lycoming T53-L-13 turboshaft engine. Total production of the UH-1 family since 1956 has exceeded 13,000 aircraft. Originally built in 1967 as a UH-1D it was immediately shipped to South East Asia in support of the Vietnam War effort. It was later upgraded to UH-1H standard and stationed in West Germany; in August 1990 it deployed to Saudi Arabia for the Gulf War. Donated to the Museum in 1992 and collected by road transport it arrived in August 1992. Re-assembly began almost immediately, although some missing components had to be found through various sources before the work could be completed.

Hughes OH-6A Cayuse, 67-16506.
Built 1968 in Culver City, California, USA this four-seat Army scout-utility helicopter is powered by a 317 shp Allison T63-A turboshaft and was delivered for operatiomns in Vietnam in 1968. It was shot down in 1970 but rebuilt for further service with the Army National Guard until retirement and subsequent acquisition by the Museum. The airframe was delivered to Weston-super-Mare at the end of September 1999.


 

Piasecki HUP-3 Retriever, RCN 622/51-16622,C/N. 51.
Following the success of the early Piasecki HRP naval helicopter, which on the 7th March 1945 was the first practical tandem rotor (fore & aft rotors) to fly, the Piasecki company began a smaller design and the first prototype flew in October 1948. The aircraft on display at the Museum, was one of the three HUP-3s to enter service with the Royal Canadian Navy for utility and search and rescue missions and built in 1954 in Morton, Pennsylvania, USA. With the help of The Helicopter Association International, the HUP-3 was donated to the Helicopter Museum, which had it restored in Philadelphia by volunteers at Boeing Helicopters. It was shipped to the UK in November 1991 and then transported by road to Weston-super-Mare by Museum volunteers. The aircraft is the only example of a Piasecki helicopter in the UK.

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Two Lancasters and a Vulcan

Three Historic Avro Aircraft, all designed by Roy Chadwick formate for the 1st, and probably last ever time. The formation of the only airworthy Vulcan and Lancaster Bombers pass over the opening of the building project for the Lincolnshire Bomber Command Memorial. Lest we Forget