Earlier this month, Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona welcomed Harrier GR.5 ZD353, making the collection home to four examples of the famous Jump Jet.
The aircraft, photographed above at RAF Wittering in 1990, reportedly suffered an in-flight fire in 1991 following an electrical malfunction. The pilot managed to land, but the aircraft was heavily damaged and written off after being transferred to British Aerospace at Brough.
Now at its new home, ZD353 will round out the group of Harriers on display at Pima. Click below to check out a photo of its arrival on March 13.
A new effort is underway to finance a proposed Spitfire monument after crowdfunding campaigns failed to raise the £4m needed for construction.
On Monday, Southampton Itchen MP Royston Smith presented a plan to build the 130-ft-tall monument using fines levied on the banking industry for manipulating the LIBOR (London inter-bank lending rate rate). During the debate at Westminster Hall, Smith stated that the Spitfire is a “symbol of freedom” that “reminds us how we stood up against evil and we prevailed.”
The proposal reportedly has “cross-party support” which Smith believes will be helpful moving forward, and he has also stated his intention to “continue to the push for any other mechanism of government funding which is available.” [click to continue…]
Special Hobby has announced the development of a Fokker D.II model kit in 1/32 scale.
The little-known German WW1 fighter was introduced in 1916, but was quickly rendered obsolete by superior Albatros fighters. The design bears striking similarities to the previous Fokker Eindecker and employed an Oberursel rotary engine, single machine gun and wing warping for roll control.
Details about the upcoming kit are scarce, although a number of renderings have been released which can be seen below. The model is currently slated for release this fall.
The National Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, Florida is refurbishing a PBJ-1D to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Doolittle Raid.
The aircraft will be presented as a B-25B in the colors of the machine flown by Lt. Col. James “Jimmy” Doolittle, who led the mission to bomb Tokyo on April, 18, 1942, four months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor.
The mission marked the first time large Army bombers were flown from a Navy carrier, carrying limited fuel that would provide only enough range to reach Tokyo 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. [click to continue…]
As part of Canada’s 150th celebrations this summer, the Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum in Ontario will repaint their airworthy Avro Lancaster, FM213/KB726, in the colors of KB700 “Ruhr Express” – the first Canadian-built example of the type.
On 2 January 1945 the Ruhr Express was returning to England following its 49th operational mission, a raid to Nuremberg, and while landing at its home base, KB700 experienced hydraulic problems. The aircraft ended up in a farmer’s field where it collided with a trench digger, rupturing its fuel tank. The crew escaped but the ensuing fire destroyed the aircraft. The loss was sad because the plans were to fly the Ruhr Express back to Canada following its 50th mission for a triumphant return and as a memorial to the Canadians who built and flew Lancasters.
The new markings will only be applied to the port side and will remain on a temporary basis. The starboard side of the aircraft will retain its familiar VeRA livery (seen above). The new markings are slated to debut this summer, although a date for the unveiling has not yet been announced.
The pilot of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 discovered earlier this month by a Danish schoolboy and his father has been identified as 19-year-old Hans Wunderlich of Neusorg, Bavaria.
As previously reported, the remains of the Messerschmitt and its pilot were located when Daniel Rom Kristiansen and his father, Klaus, took a metal detector into a field behind their farm in Birkelse, Denmark to investigate the claim that an aircraft crashed at the location during WW2. A number of artifacts were unearthed before they came across human remains, which prompted them to contact the authorities.
It was initially speculated that the remains could have been those of Bruno Krüger, who failed to return from a training mission on November 27, 1944 – however, positive identification was ultimately provided by a small diary with Wunderlich’s handwritten name, as well as a watch bearing his initials. [click to continue…]
An 80% scale Albatros D.Va replica has hit the market.
The aircraft was reportedly built by an “Oshkosh Award winning master wood worker” and offers historically correct markings and accurate scaled shape of fuselage, wings and tail surfaces. It is powered by an ENMA Tigre 150 hp engine and is also said to be equipped with disc brakes, a locking tailwheel and gas fired machine gun.
The aircraft has amassed 100 hrs total time and is said to “fly great” – described as a “very light and fast” machine that “starts easy and lands straight.”
The Albatros is currently being offered for $70,000. For additional details, check out the complete listing here.
On the heels of their newly released Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B for FSX and P3D, flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven has announced that they are working on a C-46 Commando WW2 transport.
Additional details, including model features, flight sim compatibility and pricing have not yet been announced, although the company has released a series of renderings showing the aircraft in development. Full livery options also remain to be seen, however, it has been reported that Buffalo Airways textures will be among them.
The model is currently slated for release in April or May. Click below to check out additional images.
YouTuber “devinsupertramp” recently teamed up with Subaru with the goal of creating a video of an amazing stunt that few people would have seen before. The result combines biplanes, aerobatics, wing walking, skydiving and breathtaking 4K aerial photography.
The video features extreme athlete Marshall Miller performing his first ever wing walk aboard a Stearman piloted by Michael Mason of Mason Wing Walking. The flight was filmed by a helicopter equipped with a Shotover camera system for stability, resulting in a 4K experience that is the next best thing to actually being there.
The stunt concludes with Miller jumping off the wing off the Stearman and skydiving back to earth while a Pitts follows.
Hit the jump to check out the video as well as a behind the scenes look at its production.
Authors John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey and Robert “Cricket” Renner have teamed up with the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado to produce Storm of Eagles, a compilation of the greatest aviation photos of WW2.
This fully illustrated coffee table book, compiled by one of the world’s premier aviation photographers and historians, brings together classic as well as never-before-seen wartime images and is said to be a must-have for anyone interested in WW2 aircraft.
The 200-page book measures 11.8 x 0.9 x 9.5″ and is currently available for pre-order with an expected release in June.
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