A wooden Spitfire project has hit the market.

The unfinished reproduction is described as incorporating the “same design as the Mosquito with ply/balsawood/ply skins.” It was reportedly “built to fly for a Merlin engine to be fitted,” although approval for the build could not be obtained.

The project is touted as “a great static or taxing full size replica” and can reportedly be supplied with “fibreglass skins, FG wings, and all other parts to finish at extra cost.” It is based in Newquay, UK and is currently available for bidding here.

The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio has begun restoration of its Avro 504K.

This particular example of the famous WW1 British trainer was originally constructed by the Royal Canadian Air Force’s Aircraft Maintenance & Development Unit in 1966-67 using original parts, including a 110 hp Le Rhone rotary engine. It arrived at the USAF Museum in 2003 and has since been on display in its Early Years Gallery wearing the colors of an aerobatic trainer of AEF No. 3 Instruction Center, based at Issoudun, France in 1918.

The aircraft was recently disassembled for transport to the restoration facility, a process that has been captured in the newly released video below. A time frame for completion and color / marking details has not yet been announced. [click to continue…]

An example of the Norden bombsight, described as “perhaps the most iconic ww2 aircraft component,” has hit the market.

The artifact is touted as original and in excellent condition, with no noticeable flaws apart from a section of the data plate being marked out. It reportedly comes complete with stand and is located in Santa Rosa, California.

The bombsight is currently being offered for US $7,995.99 although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Doc’s Friends, Inc. has reportedly been granted FAA approval to begin passenger flights in the newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc”. Each flight experience is expected to last roughly 90 minutes, including a 30 minute ride, and are scheduled to begin at Heavy Bombers Weekend in Madison, WI (July 20-22).

Prior to takeoff, passengers will experience a crew briefing and learn more about the history of the B-29 and the role it played in U.S. history. Passengers will also get to hear and see the sights and sounds of engine starts and run-ups prior to takeoff.

Additional dates will reportedly be added shortly, including ride weekends in Wichita. To book a flight or learn more, click here.

(via Doc’s Friends Photo: Caholguin109 from Wikimedia Commons)

Zoukei-Mura has released new photos of a partial test build of their upcoming new tool 1/32 Kawasaki Ki-45 Kai “Toryu” model kit, while also providing a look at the sprues.

The process has reportedly been nearly four years in the making, with the prototype mold being recently completed from painstakingly produced CAD drawings. As previously reported, the representation of the WW2 Japanese twin-engine fighter will reportedly include short nose and long nose versions along with their different armaments.

A final release date has not yet been announced. Click below to check out a selection of images.

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A Stewart S-51 Mustang project has hit the market.

The aircraft is reportedly 90% complete with a 601D Walters turbine engine and Avia propeller. Workmanship is described as “excellent,” and was reportedly carried out by a “previous Oshkosh winner.” The machine is said to offer complete, updated landing gear and almost all the parts needed to finish.

The aircraft can reportedly be flying in six months and is currently located in Bethlehem, Connecticut. It is being offered for US$162,500, although specific trades will reportedly be considered and bids starting at $135,000 are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

A Packard-built Rolls Royce Merlin Model V1650-7 is being offered as a parts engine.

The powerplant S/N V-332734 was reportedly acquired around 2000 from the New England Air Museum and likely came from the Air National Guard at Bradley Field in Windsor Locks, CT. It reportedly spent significant time in poor storage conditions and is described as “used” and “incomplete.”

Heads are missing as is most of the intake system within the V. Carburetor and Magnetos are also missing as are some external engine accessories which can be noted from the pictures, Cylinders are very rusty as engine was poorly stored with the heads off. The engine does not turn. The left cylinder bank was unbolted and lifted up about 0.75″ from the crankcase. Right cylinder bank is still directly on the crankcase. Accelerator linkage bolted to supercharger casting at rear of engine is very rusty and frozen.

The engine is located in Higganum, Connecticut and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Hawker Sea Fury FB.11 N232MB, a 2006 National Champion and winner of Reno Unlimited Gold, has hit the market.

Dubbed “world’s fastest Sea Fury,” the aircraft reportedly received a full restoration to 0 time condition as well as a modification to Unlimited Air Racer configuration by Sanders Aeronautics in 1998. These modifications were said to be done “to enable the airframe to be returned to stock condition.”

The machine was originally built as a Mk 11 in September 1947 with a Bristol Centaurus engine, however, this was replaced during restoration with a Curtis Wright R-3350-93 (currently in need of overhaul), a process that is said to have included the installation of a custom engine mount. Additional work reportedly included a boil-off heat exchange system, new oil and fuel lines and new instruments and wiring. In addition, the wing inlets on the left side were sealed in an effort to reduce drag, and a racing canopy was designed to replace the stock unit.

The machine is reportedly offered with two sets of wings: 1 set stock wings (installed) and 1 set of clipped Sea Fury wings for racing. Race 232 is currently available for $750,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: D Ramey Logan from Wikimedia Commons)

A reduced-scale W.A.R. Corsair project has hit the market.

The machine is said to come with a new, custom-made canopy still in its original wrapping as well as most of the drawings. The retract gear is described as “tested and working” although the outer spars have been removed and the aircraft is reportedly in need of a gear drive motor and minor wood work.

The Corsair is located in Azle, Texas and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

The U.S.-based “Friends of Jenny” nonprofit organization has unveiled its newly restored de Havilland DH.4.

As previously reported, the machine, which is believed to be the last DH.4 airframe in North America, has been restored to airworthy condition in order to “honor the memory of the Americans who built her, who flew in her, and who died in her.”

The project saw the aircraft restored by “cadres of professionals and aficionados” and was endorsed by the WW1 Centennial Commission. The final product boasts a V-12 Liberty engine and markings representing DH.4 #6 of 50 Squadron, the machine flown by Lt. Harold E. Goettler and Lt. Erwin R. Bleckley when they gave their lives during a heroic mission on September 12, 1918, posthumously earning them both the Medal of Honor. [click to continue…]