The Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre’s effort to put a third Avro Lancaster back in the skies is once again on track after a shortage of paint delayed the project.

Last October, the organization announced that NX611 “Just Jane” would be returned to airworthy status after 50 years as the result of a £3.5m restoration initiative. Work commenced late last year beginning with a complete strip and assessment of the airframe prior to the application of new paint.

The insufficient supply delayed the project and threatened to derail the plan to have the colors and markings applied by the end of April. Thankfully, Lincoln-based Witham Oil and Paint has stepped forward and donated eight different types of paint to complete the task, manufacturing the full range of traditional colors in a mere two days. [click to continue…]

HK Models is following up their recently released de Havilland Mosquito B Mk.VI model kit with new Mk. IX and XVI versions in 1/32 scale.

Few details have been released so far, but the company reports that the new offering employs “creative kit engineering” for easier construction as well as several famous wartime Mosquito liveries, including ML897/D of 1409 Met Flight, LR503/F of 105 Squadron and MM199/M5-Q of 128 Squadron.

The new kit is currently slated for release in mid-May. Click below to check out additional images.

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The Imperial War Museum has amassed a collection of 78 rare photos from their archive which document the Second World War as it was seen by those who lived through it: in full color.

The Second World War in Colour represents the surviving examples of more than 3,000 color images captured by British photographers between 1942-1945, many of which haven’t been seen in more than 7 decades. The “striking and powerful” images became part of the IWM collection in 1949 and are said to show us “a new – or at least long-forgotten – World War II”: [click to continue…]

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A recently restored example of the Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-12 two-seat trainer has hit the market.

The aircraft (S/N 440738 / D-FMGZ) was converted from a Hispano Aviación Buchón by MeierMotors GmbH in Bremgarten, Germany and is powered by an original DB605 engine. It performed its first post restoration flight on August 4, 2016 and is said to be the only example of the two-place G-12 trainer in existence.

Click below to check out additional information and a test flight video from 2016.

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Two new titles from publisher Pen and Sword are set to provide new insights into WW1 aerial combat by focusing on the pilots who used budding technologies to wage an entirely new form of warfare.

Norman Franks’ 144 page book Great War Fighter Aces 1916-1918 “explores the many ways in which fighter pilots developed tactics in order to outdo the opposition in the fight for allied victory” while also looking at “the development of militarized flight during the course of these key years, revealing how each side constantly endeavored to improve their aircraft and their gunnery.”

In addition, author Barry M. Marsden has penned the new, 192-page biography Camel Combat Ace: The Great War Flying Career of Edwin Swale CBE OBE DFC*, which “follows the First World War career of Captain (later wing commander) Edwin Swale, CBE DFC and bar, who served with 210 Squadron RAF, piloting Sopwith Camel scouts between March and October 1918.” [click to continue…]

Yesterday, an estimated 16,000 people gathered at the USAF Museum near Dayton, Ohio to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid, a daring “one-way” mission which saw 16 B-25 bombers launch from an aircraft carrier to bomb Tokyo following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

The memorial service included a wreath laying at the museum’s memorial park, speeches, and a flyover of 11 B-25 bombers and two B-1 bombers from the 34th and 37th Bomb Squadrons. In attendance were family members of the 80 airmen who participated in the operation, as well as 101-year-old Richard E. Cole, the last surviving member who served as co-pilot aboard the B-25B flown by the mission’s leader, Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle. [click to continue…]

The de Havilland Aircraft Museum in Hertfordshire has launched a crowdfunding campaign to raise funds for a new hangar that will help ensure the survival of the museum’s collection of historic aircraft, many of which are currently displayed outdoors.

The museum has reportedly received planning permission and has also applied for a Heritage Lottery Fund grant to cover £1.5 million of the building’s estimated £2.2 million total cost. A Round 1 development grant of £30,000 has already been awarded to the museum and a Round 2 submission is planned for the latter part of the year. A decision from the HLF is expected sometime next year.

The crowdfunding campaign is focused on raising an additional £700,000 needed to complete the hangar, which will reportedly incorporate a learning centre and event space while also permitting critical restoration work to be completed and the museum’s open season to be extended.

For additional information, or to make a contribution, click here.

Earlier today, the National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida placed their newly restored B-25 on public display following 4,500 hours of work.

The machine, a PBJ-1D, was restored to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid and is painted in the colors of the B-25B flown by its leader, Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle.

The mission to bomb Tokyo commenced on April 18, 1942, four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. The raid marked the first time large Army bombers were flown from a Navy carrier, carrying limited fuel that would provide only enough range to reach their target before attempting to land in China. Tragically, three of the 80 airmen who participated in the mission were killed. Eight others were captured by the Japanese, three of whom were later executed.

As previously reported, the museum’s aircraft has been stored outside for years, and much of the recent work was focused on removing and repairing corrosion and treating sections with a corrosion preventative. A great deal of time has also been spent ensuring that the markings perfectly match those seen on Doolittle’s original machine.

The bomber is currently located outside the museum’s Blue Angels Atrium. Click below to check out photos and video of its new look.

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After receiving the first component frames, the Airfix development team has constructed the first test build of their upcoming 1/48 Hawker Sea Fury.

The process is part of a detailed evaluation that will cover every aspect of the tooling as well as the fit and finish of individual parts to determine if further refinements are needed. As a result, a number of pre-production photos have been released which can be seen below.

As previously reported, the new kit will reportedly allow builders to select from a variety of options, including flying and static configurations, folded or extended wings and equipment ranging from bombs and 3-inch rocket projectiles to 90 gallon drop tanks and an underwing camera pod. A Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) pack will also be included to represent the aid given to heavily armed Sea Furys as they attempted to take off from the relatively short decks of British Aircraft carriers.

The new Sea Fury kit is currently slated for release in September 2017.

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The restoration of Fantasy of Flight’s Standard J-1 has made considerable progress since it entered the shop in 2015, with work now underway on covering and painting.

Owner Kermit Weeks notes that a final livery has not yet been selected, although “barnstorming base yellow” was deemed a good starting point and has already been applied to the machine’s turtle deck, upper wing center section, horizontal stabilizer and ailerons. Beyond this, three wing panels have been covered while the fuselage is in the midst of a major rebuild that includes the addition of new wood and bracing wires.

This particular J-1 was originally restored by Otto Timm from existing parts for the 1957 film The Spirit of St. Louis, and would later appear in the 1975 film The Great Waldo Pepper. Timm had given Charles Lindbergh his first ride in 1923, and it is believed that the legendary pilot visited Timm upon hearing about the J-1 project and took the machine up for a flight “around the patch”.

Click below to check out photos of the recent work.

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