This year’s EAA AirVenture fly-in will reportedly commemorate the final year of WW1 with period aircraft, flying displays and activities.
Related activities will reportedly take place throughout the week, with a special emphasis on Friday, July 27. Among the aircraft slated to appear at the event is a rare 1915 Bleriot reproduction in Royal Flying Corps colors, aircraft from the Kermit Weeks/Fantasy of Flight collection and a original Dayton-Wright DH.4 currently under restoration by the nonprofit “Friends of Jenny” along with Tennessee high school students.
The WWI programming will be primarily based in the vintage aircraft parking area on the AirVenture flightline. Along with the aircraft on display from the 1915-1918 era, there will be WWI re-enactors and static engine runs. In addition, WWI-era aircraft, aircraft owners, and historians will participate in forums and Vintage in Review session throughout the week. A number of the aircraft will also be displayed at various times on AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza.
AirVenture 2018 is scheduled to take place from July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Additional details will reportedly be announced as they are finalized.
Hawker Hurricane Mk IV (S/N KZ321/CF-TPM), formerly owned by Vintage Wings of Canada in Ottawa, has reportedly been sold and will be heading to its new home in Belgium.
As previously reported, the machine was built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. sometime after 1942 and delivered to No. 6 Squadron RAF in 1943, serving in Greece, Italy and Yugoslavia before the end of WW2. It was abandoned in Israel in 1947 and was recovered decades later from a Jaffa scrapyard by Warbirds of GB, Ltd., who returned it to the UK in 1983.
In 1991, the Hurricane was acquired by The Fighter Collection of the Imperial War Museum. Restoration by Hawker Restorations, Ltd. commenced in 2001 and the aircraft was returned to “zero hour condition” using original and refurbished parts. It performed its first post-restoration flight in 2003 and was operated by The Fighter Collection until acquisition by Vintage Wings of Canada in 2006. It is believed to be the only airworthy Mk IV in existence.
The Hurricane is the second machine from the Vintage Wings of Canada to be sold to a Belgium-based owner in 2018. Spitfire XVI SL721 was sold in February and has already arrived in the country. Future plans have not yet been announced.
The Collings Foundation has reported that their newly acquired P-38 Lightning will make its first airshow appearance at the Los Angeles County Airshow at Gen. William Fox Field in Lancaster, California on March 24-25.
As previously reported, The aircraft (S/N 44-53186) was intended for use in photo reconnaissance but was stored in Arizona following the end of WW2. After being declared surplus, it was acquired by a succession of companies, including Kargl Aerial Surveys, Aero Exploration Co and Mark Hurd Aerial Mapping, before being parked in 1963. Over the following years the P-38 passed through the hands of several additional owners before being acquired by Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, which restored the machine to pristine condition and placed it on display in 1997.
In 2014 the aircraft was offered for sale and was soon acquired by the Stow, Massachusetts-based Foundation. It has since undergone maintenance, flight evaluation, and preparation at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino.
The machine will reportedly be on static and flying display during the event and will be the only Collings Foundation aircraft in attendance.
A BAC Jet Provost Mk. 4 Cold War era trainer that previously served with No 1 Tactical Weapons Group at RAF Brawdy has hit the market.
The airframe has reportedly amassed a total time of 3,500 hrs, while the Rolls Royce Viper 202 engine has 1,300 hrs. The machine is said to have received a “complete and thorough conditional inspection a few months ago” and is “currently in flying condition.”
The aircraft (XS219 / N219JP) is touted as including Cleveland wheels and brakes, GPS com/intercom/transponder, a “very original” interior with deactivated, but intact, seats and chutes. All logs since day one are also said to be included, as are maintenance and parts manuals.
XS219 is currently located in Stigler, Oklahoma. As of this writing, bidding stands at $21,100. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Model manufacturer MikroMir has released new renderings of a new tool Canberra T.Mk 17 model kit that is currently in development. The company is also in the process of developing a T.Mk 11, and both kits will reportedly be offered in 1/72 scale.
The English Electric Canberra was a jet-powered medium bomber that was introduced in the early 1950s and continued in service until 2006. The T.11 variant held a crew of four and served as a trainer for pilots and navigators of all-weather interceptors while the T.17 operated as an electronic warfare training variant.
Little has been reported about the upcoming kits, although the T.Mk 11 will reportedly be released “soon”.
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The Owls Head Transportation Museum in Owls Head, Maine has performed the first engine test on their newly acquired Sopwith Pup reproduction.
The aircraft was assembled by Brian Coughlin and features a steel tube fuselage constructed by Dana Narkunas and restored wing panels originally built by noted WW1 aircraft builder Carl Swanson. Powered by an original Le Rhone rotary engine, the machine made its debut at the Old Rhinebeck Aerodrome last year.
The recent acquisition was made in a frame-for-frame trade for the museum’s previous Sopwith Pup, a reproduction built by Dick King in the 1960s which was a regular performer at Old Rhinebeck throughout the 1970s. Coughlin is now in the process of restoring this machine (see The Flying Machine #6 for additional details).
Owls Head retained the Le Rhone engine from the King Pup and installed it in this new example. It is expected to return to the air this year.
Click below to check out a video of the test.
The Shuttleworth Collection’s Spitfire Mk VC (AR501) performed its first post-restoration flight earlier today with pilot Stu Goldspink at the controls.
As previously reported, the aircraft was originally built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil and was issued to No. 310 (Czech) Squadron in 1942, where it escorted USAAF B-17 and B-24 bombers. Later, it would serve with RAF’s Central Gunnery School before finding use as an instructional airframe at Loughborough College. AR501 was acquired by the Shuttleworth Collection in 1961 and restored to airworthy condition for the 1968 film The Battle of Britain. It entered the shop once again in 1973 for restoration to its authentic wartime condition, eventually returning to flight in in 1975. The most recent work was initially expected to last only 18 months, but eventually expanded into an extensive overhaul that has seen the aircraft completely dismantled and rebuilt. The result is said to be “95% original.”
Today’s test was described as “very successful.” The machine is scheduled to debut at Shuttleworth’s season premier airshow on May 6.
Click below to check out a video of today’s flight.
Fine Molds has released a new, limited edition model kit of the Mitsubishi A5M2b “Claude” / Type 96 Fighter (Late) in 1/48 scale.
The direct predecessor to the famous Mitsubishi Zero, the Type 96 was introduced in 1936 and became the first shipboard monoplane fighter to enter service. The new kit (49921) represents the machine with two windshield variations as well as three livery options:
●12th Air Corps Kazuo Tsunoda Boarding Equipment Showa 12-13 Mainland China
●12th Air Corps Mori Sugoichi Kao Flight Equipment Showa 13th Mainland China Continent
●12th Air Force Republic -132 Rate No. China Mainland
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Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has provided an update on the restoration of his original Curtiss JN-4D Jenny.
The aircraft (S/N A5360 / C/N 2404) was damaged when Hurricane Andrew struck the Florida-based collection back in 1992. Since then, all damaged wood and metal components have been replaced, including all of the wing spars and fuselage longerons. Fabric work is also said to be just about complete, including the application of the same USAAS markings the machine wore while it was based at the EAA Museum in Oshkosh back in the 1980s.
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Last week a private event was held to transport the newly restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” from the USAF Museum’s restoration hangar to its World War II. In the process, the legendary bomber was positioned nose-to-nose with B-17G “Shoo Shoo Shoo Baby,” which will be moving on to a new home.
As previously reported, the Memphis Belle (S/N 41-24485) became the first the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S., where it flew across the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. The bomber will be officially unveiled at the museum on May 17th during an event that will reportedly include visiting B-17s and over 100 WW2 reenactors.
Shoo, Shoo, Shoo Baby will be moved to the museum’s restoration area and placed in storage until it is transferred to the Smithsonian’s National Air & Space Museum at a date to be determined by the Smithsonian.
Click below to check out video of the event.