Following a brief teaser video released last month, Complete Aircraft Care has offered a new, more in-depth look at the final preparations and test flights of Mustang Flight Australia’s newly restored CA-18 Mk. 21 Mustang “Snifter.”

The Australian-built example of the P-51D (A68-110), was delivered to the RAAF in 1948 and saw little service prior to being decommissioned in 1957. After being sold, it sat for nearly four decades before becoming the focus of a seven-year restoration by Sandora Aviation in North Brisbane, during which it was converted to a two-seat configuration. In 2002 it returned to the air and is now the the centerpiece of the Caboolture Warplane Museum, providing regular flight experiences with the nonprofit Mustang Flights Australia while also supporting local war service commemorations. [click to continue…]

A listing for a “museum quality” WW1 Le Rhone rotary engine has popped up on Craigslist.

The engine was reportedly restored about 15 to 20 years ago and has been on display since then. According to the Craigslist description, it was accepted by the U.S. Army on October 31, 1918 and is in beautiful condition, mounted on a movable display stand with the carburetor, magneto (needs rebuild), oil pump, tachometer drive, tampier valve and pulsator.

The engine is said to include a propeller flown only a few times on a Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Camel. It is reportedly located in Payson, Arizona and is currently being offered for $47,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California has reported that their F-100 Super Sabre has been relocated to their restoration hangar for renovation.

This particular aircraft (S/N 53-1709) was the first F-100C built and was reportedly flown at one point by famous Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong. It served with NASA at Moffett Field and Dryden as well as the Langley Research Center, being modified for variable stability and also seeing use testing direct-lift control for air-to-air-refueling. Following retirement in 1972, the F-100 was transferred to San Jose State College Aero School for instructional use before eventually arriving at Castle for display in 2004.

Additional details on the renovation have not yet been reported. Click below to check out photos of the recent move.

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A full-scale Warner Super Scarab-powered Fokker Dr.1 reproduction has hit the market.

The aircraft (N817DF) is said to have been built over an eight-year period, performing its maiden flight in August 2017. Its reported list of features includes brakes, Spandau machine guns, electric start, satin finish Poly Fiber Aerothane and interior placards in German.

The machine wears the colors of von Richthofen’s 425/17 (illustrated above) and is described as a “beautiful flying airplane.” It is located in Columbus, MI and is currently being offered for US $225,000, although a trade for a Waco Taperwing would also be considered. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Image: Herbert Ringlstetter – www.aviaticus.com via Wikimedia Commons)

Hong Kong Models has announced the upcoming release of their new 1/32 model kit of the Dornier Do335 B-6 night fighter.

The company refers to the B-6 as being “most beautiful variant” of the German WWII heavy fighter with “over size antennas, 2 seats, flame dumpers, drop tanks. And the superb unusual camouflages and color scheme.”

Details about the kit are scarce, although it appears that it includes Cartograf decals with three marking options representing W.Nr. 240312, 240371 and 230017.

The kit is reportedly slated for release on June 20. Click below to check out additional images.

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The Military Aviation Museum’s full-scale Sopwith Triplane has performed its first flight since arriving at the Virginia Beach attraction last July.

As previously reported, The Lycoming-powered machine (N543A) was built by Chad Wille in the early 1990s and was recognized as an “Outstanding Aircraft” at SUN ‘n FUN 1993. It became part of the Guntersville, Alabama-based Replica Fighter Museum owned by the late Frank Ryder before moving on to the Homer B. Wilson Vintage Museum at the Guntersville Municipal Airport.

Click below to check out a video of the recent flight.

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Piper Cub NC87714 has hit the market.

The airframe is said to have a total time of 2,750 hrs, while the C75-12 engine has 1,275 hrs. It is described as having no electric, right wing aux tank and nice paint and fabric.

The machine is reportedly based in Carterville, Illinois and bids are now being accepted. Click here to check out the full listing.

Yesterday, Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 V7497 (G-HRLI) performed the first test of its original Merlin III engine, nearly 78 years after it was downed by Bf 109s over Sutton in Kent, England.

The aircraft was manufactured by Hawker Aircraft, Ltd in mid-1940 and issued to 501 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. It was only a few weeks old when it was shot down on September 28, 1940 – the pilot, Everett Bryan Rogers, escaping by parachute. After identification and the recovery of key components, the decision was made to restore the aircraft to airworthy condition “as a tribute to all those that stood firm during the Battle of Britain.”

The Merlin was rebuilt by Eye Tech Engineering, while the airframe is being restored by the experts at Hawker Restorations along with its sister company, AJD Engineering. The process included the use of original drawings to scratch build new wings, which will be fitted with reproduction .303 Browning machine guns complete with “all the adjustment mechanisms fitted internally as per the original aircraft.”

Click below to check out a video of yesterday’s test.

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Kermit Weeks has shared a new video detailing the ongoing work on his exceedingly rare Seversky P-35.

As previously reported, the machine was acquired years back in a trade with the USAF Museum and is reportedly one of only three remaining examples of the single seat fighter, which was introduced in the mid-1930s and saw limited action at the beginning of WW2. It came from the Swedish Air Force and was stored in underground bunkers during the war, which resulted in significant pitting and surface corrosion. Additional damage was sustained when Hurricane Andrew struck Kermit’s by Florida-based Fantasy of Flight attraction in 1992. When complete, this will be the only airworthy example of the type in the world.

The newly released video was reportedly filmed in the summer of 2017 and documents the fuselage being detached from the center section and “put into a rotisserie fixture for easier access during the restoration process.”

Click below to check it out.

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Hawker Hunter GA.11 XF301 has hit the market.

The aircraft is described as an ex-Royal Navy team “Rough Diamonds” machine with only 3,325 hrs in its logbook. The offering reportedly consists of the complete cockpit and fuselage which are currently in storage in the US. Logbooks are also said to be included, but no engine.

Check out the complete listing below. [click to continue…]