Veteran Sea Fury pilot meets adversary MiG-15 prior to it flying in the Duxford Air Show

On Monday 18 September, 86-year-old veteran Sea Fury pilot Brian ‘Schmoo’ Ellis visited IWM Duxford to see the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI prior to it taking part in the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show (Saturday 23 and Sunday 24 September).

Ellis is credited with sharing in the downing of a MiG-15 in combat over North Korea in 1952, but has only ever seen the aircraft through the gun sight of an 802 Naval Air Squadron Sea Fury FB11 fighter aircraft. 

He explored the Norwegian Air Force Historical Squadron MiG-15 in detail, sitting in the cockpit seat and surveying the airfield.  He then saw a Hawker Fury, flown by Richard Grace of Air Leasing Limited, fly into the airfield before landing opposite the MiG-15.

When asked what he thought of his experience, Brian Ellis said: “Awesome.  I think that is the word that comes to me. It was quite emotional. What a privilege it was to spend your days flying these aircraft.  I used to live in these things every day.”

The Mikoyan-Gurevich MiG-15UTI will be flying in the Duxford Battle of Britain Air Show, representing the jet fighter era as it flies alongside a British de Havilland DH100 Vampire .

Increased numbers of A350s for United

US-based United Airlines has increased the number of Airbus A350 XWB aircraft it will bring into its fleet, updating and expanding its previously existing order for 35 A350-1000 to 45 A350-900 widebody aircraft to replace older, less efficient aircraft.  The A350-900 is the cornerstone member of the A350XWB (Xtra Wide-Body) family, which according to Airbus, is shaping the future of air travel.

The aircraft typically seats 325 passengers in a standard three-class configuration. The twin-aisle A350-900’s combination of payload and long-range range capabilities makes it an ideal aircraft for United Airlines’ international route system. These aircraft will be the first Airbus widebodies to join United’s global fleet.

The 100th A350 was delivered at the end of July 2017, just some 30 months after the first delivery. To date, Airbus has recorded a total of 848 firm orders for the A350 XWB from 45 customers worldwide.