Kermit Weeks has posted a new video detailing his recent trip to the old CAF Museum in Midland, Texas to examine an available Polikarpov I-16 that he was considering purchasing.
The I-16 was the last of Nikolai Polikarpov’s fighter designs to enter production. An aircraft of revolutionary design, the I-16 was the first monoplane fighter with an enclosed cockpit and retractable landing gear to enter front line service anywhere in the world. It’s operational status introduced a new standard to fighter design.
According to the original listing, the aircraft (N30425 / S/N 2421645) was rebuilt in Russia by the original factory for the New Zealand-based Alpine Fighter Collection.
Click below to check out the new video and learn if Kermit will be adding the aircraft to his collection.
P-39 Airacobra projects have been spotted for sale.
The listing describes the offering as “remains of 5+ D/F/L/Q aircraft, thousands of parts, nos parts, serious project.” The remains are reportedly sold “as package only” with a price of $150,000. They are located in Newcastle, NS Australia.
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The Museum of Aviation in Warner Robins, Georgia has reported a major milestone in the restoration of their B-17 with both wings now attached to the fuselage.
This particular B-17G (S/N 44-83690) was originally delivered to the USAAF on May 9, 1945 and stored in Ohio before moving on to bases in Texas. In 1950 the machine was converted to a DB-17G with the addition of drone control equipment and in 1951 departed for the Marshall Islands to take part in Operation Greenhouse. In 1955, additional drone equipment was added and the aircraft was re-designated DB-17P. It went on to serve with 325th Drone Squadron from 1956-1959 before being removed from the USAF inventory in 1960 and transferred to Grissom AFB in Peru, Indiana, where it is seen above back in 2010.
After sitting on outdoor display for 54 years, the aircraft was moved to the Museum of Aviation in 2015 and became the subject of an extensive restoration that is still ongoing. The museum reports that they “still have much to restore,” but “she looks more like an airplane” with the wings now reunited with the fuselage.
Click below to check out recent photos.
The Collings Foundation in Stow, Massachusetts has announced that their new TP-40N Warhawk will be joining the National Wings of Freedom Tour beginning tomorrow.
The aircraft (N293FR S/N 42-9749) began life as a P-40K which was delivered to the USAAF in 1942. It served with the 11th Air Force, Alaskan Air Defense Command and was damaged near Port Hyden in 1943, being struck off charge shortly thereafter. The machine was recovered in 1975 and eventually underwent restoration to airworthy status, returning to the air in 1986.
In 1990 it became part of the Evergreen Heritage Collection in Arizona and later the Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon (where it is seen in the photo above). It was acquired by the Collings Foundation in 2017 and converted to a full dual-control TP-40N.
In addition to joining the Wings of Freedom Tour, the new TP-40N will reportedly be part of Bomber Camp 2019 as well. Click below for photos and additional info.
The cockpit section of C-47 / DC-3 N87T has hit the market.
According to the listing, the aircraft was still actively flying cargo in the Caribbean as late as 2010 as part of the old Four Star fleet. It was rescued from San Juan, Puerto Rico four years ago and is described as “a shell.”
The cockpit / nose section has the rudder pedals, windshield, side glass, .flooring, walls, ceiling are all still intact. but most has been removed as you can see from the pictures. Instruments and seats, yoke and instrument panel have been removed …BUT instruments and seats and instrument panel are available on-line. You can still get everything you need on line, e.g. Facebook Groups are excellent sources for parts.
The nose section/cockpit is mounted and secured in a padded wooden saddle which is secured to a snowmobile trailer.. ready for easy transport…down the road or onto to a ship for transport.
The section is located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.
A Tiger Moth project has hit the market. The listing states:
The wings are off and have been recovered. The rear tail section has been recovered including the elevators & rudder! The fuselage needs recovering, yes it’s got a canopy as well as brakes!
The engine was started six months ago and has about 130hr to run. All ADs are complete on the engine!
The Australia-based aircraft is located in “Burpengary Qld in between Caboolture & Redcliffe Airport Qld” and is currently available for AU $35,000 (about US $24,806.25), although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has posted a new video update on the restoration of his rare Seversky P-35A.
In the video, Paul Stecewycz offers a brief overview of previous updates before explaining the next phase of the project, which will see the wings going into wing fixtures and the beginning of wing skin removal by FoF sheet metal specialist Rick Reeves. This process serves as the starting point for “fully striping the wings, examining the status of the components, and proceeding to do what is necessary to completely restore both wings to new condition.”
The new update is reportedly a prelude to the next update, “which will take you through the restoration and fabrication process, following a single wing skin from removal, to fabrication, to finishing, to placement back on the wing.”
Click below to check it out.
Special Hobby has revealed the four marking options to be included in their highly anticipated new tool Short Sunderland Mk V model kit.
The 1/72 offering (SH72162) will reportedly contain liveries for ML796, NJ177 and PP117, as well as SZ566, which was flown by Vaclav Bergman in Singapore during the Korea War and is featured on the box art shown above. The marking options appear to represent post-war machines, which is reflected in the kit’s “Fighting Commies” release title.
As previously reported, the company describes the product as “a brand new model, yes just ours – no cooperation with anyone else.” It is currently slated for release in April.
Click below to check out livery profiles.
A 1943 North American SNJ-4 project has hit the market.
The machine has reportedly amassed only 38 hours since complete airframe overhaul while the Pratt & Whitney 1340 engine has 1000 SMOH. The listing states that the “pilot landed on dirt and flipped,” with the aircraft sustaining “damage to cowling, canopies, roll over structure, vertical, rudder, left wing, prop strike.”
Photos identify the machine as S/N 88-13243 / N243CC. It is located in El Cajon, California and is currently available for $100,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.
A “full-scale fixed-based” 747-400 flight simulator has been spotted for sale. The listing states (in part):
The simulator is two years old and all components are in perfect condition. This is NOT your standard home cockpit, and comes with all the bells and whistles… Purchased new, this simulator, the computers and software which run it, and the high definition visual system would cost close to $200,000 USD. Please note that this is a full 1:1 scale Boeing 747-400 replica flightdeck with a 200 degree FOV wraparound visual screen and, as such, a ceiling height of at least 8ft as well as a (minimum) 17x15ft space would be required to fit the simulator.
The simulator is located in Henderson, Nevada and is currently being offered for US $125,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing, which includes a lengthy list of its features.