The Military Aviation Museum (MAM) in Virginia has received a new addition to its collection in the form of a Blohm & Voss P.213.
The aircraft is a non-flying replica constructed by a European builder and will reportedly be suspended for display in the museum’s Luftwaffe hangar.
The Blohm & Voss P.213 was a miniature pulse jet-powered concept fighter designed in the latter part of WW2. It was intended to be produced in large quantities in order to overwhelm Allied bomber formations flying over Germany, however, the project did not move forward and the entire miniature fighter program was abandoned in late 1944.
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On Tuesday, the Pima Air & Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona received their latest acquisition, a Curtiss P-40E.
The aircraft is reportedly made up from parts of several wrecks recovered from New Guinea, although the museum is identifying it as S/N 41-25163 “Arizona”. The machine, depicted in the artwork above, was flown by Lt. Sidney Woods of the 9th Fighter Squadron, 49th Fighter Group and operated from Rogers Field at Port Morsby.
Although a timeframe for completion has not yet been revealed, the P-40E will eventually be displayed in Pima’s new Hangar 5 facility.
Click below to check out a photo of the aircraft following its arrival.
The Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre in Angus, Scotland has begun restoration of their static Sopwith Camel reproduction after it began showing signs of deterioration.
The aircraft, which was originally constructed by the No.4 School of Technical Training at RAF St. Athan for the 1962 Royal Tournament, has been stripped to its frame and will be restored to “as near to its original specification as possible,” a process that will include the fabrication of new wings and the application new markings representing a Montrose-based Camel from 1917.
It is hoped that the reproduction will be complete in time for the RAF centenary next year. Click below to check out additional photos.
Yesterday, volunteers at the Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana completed the repaint of collection’s TB-58A Hustler after nearly three months of work.
The museum sought public opinion on the livery, offering a choice between Convair or 305th markings, with the latter coming out on top.
The aircraft (55-0663) was constructed as a YB-58A prototype in 1956 and was used mainly for testing focused on its bomb pod, proving that it could be dropped at Mach 2 without causing damage to the aircraft. The machine also performed reconnaissance pod testing as the first RB-58A and sonic boom testing with NASA before being converted to a TB-58A crew trainer and assigned to the 305th Bomb Wing at Bunker Hill AFB.
During this time it suffered severe damage in a cockpit fire and, being the oldest example of the type, was restored for used as a gate guard at Bunker Hill. When the name was later changed to Grissom AFB and the museum was established, this rare aircraft was among the first to be placed on display.
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MENG has released new images of its upcoming 1/48 assembled model of the P-51D.
The Mustang, which will be the company’s first assembled model, wears the colors of 44-63223 “Sweet Arlene” flown by USAAF ace Lt. Arthur Reed Bowers and reportedly features two 75gal drop tanks, an adjustable stand and “the same fine details as we can find on plastic model kits.”
The release will be limited to 500 models, although it appears that pricing and an exact release date have not yet been announced.
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Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk S/N AK803 (C-GHTM) has hit the market.
The aircraft was delivered to the RCAF in October 1941 and based at an RCAF Station in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, where it saw use in anti-submarine patrols. Later, the machine was flown 4,000 miles to Annette Island, Alaska (setting a record in the process) before moving on to Boundary Bay near Vancouver, British Columbia, where it performed fighter affiliation work with B-24s and B-25s.
Following a landing accident on Vancouver Island, AK803 was sent to Coates Limited on Sea Island, where it was stripped to bare metal, polished and used as part of a War Bond drive at Brockton Point Oval in Vancouver.
After being declared surplus in 1946, the Kittyhawk was acquired by noted warbird preservationist George Maude, who transported it from Patricia Bay to Saltspring Island, British Columbia, where it became a tourist attraction.
The machine has been restored and, apart from six 50 inch caliber machine guns, is considered to be one of the most original examples of the type in existence. It has reportedly amassed 569.20 total hours since new, and 3.30 since military overhaul, which included a new Allison V-1710-73 engine.
The Kittyhawk is currently being offered for $1,895,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Tamiya has released their highly anticipated 1/32 model kit of the F4U-1D Corsair.
The kit includes new parts to depict the type (the first Corsair to be cleared for use on aircraft carriers) including accurate representations of its semi-bubble canopy, thicker propeller roots, wing hardpoints for carrying of bombs and drop tanks, improved tail wheel cover, extended outer wing sections with rocket mounts and modified cockpit floor. Additional features include representation of two 1,000lb bombs, eight 5-inch HVAR rockets and two drop tanks, marking options for Navy and Marine Corps aircraft, photo etched details and two figures depicting standing and sitting crew members.
Builders can choose between flight or parked positions, folded or extended wings and flaps and elevators in either up or down positions. A two-piece cowling can also be removed to display the kits detailed Pratt & Whitney engine.
On Wednesday, the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) will officially hand over Avro Lancaster KB882 to the National Air Force Museum of Canada (NAFMC).
As previously reported, the aircraft is one of 430 Mk.X models built by Victory Aircraft Ltd. in Canada, and is one of only 17 complete Lancasters known to exist. It served with RCAF Group 6 Bomber Command in WW2 and performed 11 operational sorties over Europe before being transported back to Canada in preparation for deployment to Japan (the war ended before this plan came to fruition). The bomber has been on outdoor display at Edmundston Airport in New Brunswick for over 50 years and constant exposure to the elements has left it in “critical condition”. The city of Edmundston had previously transferred ownership of the aircraft to the Alberta Aviation Museum, but a Kickstarter campaign failed to raise the funds needed to transport and preserve the machine.
Airfix has released new details on their upcoming 1/72 B-25C/D Mitchell model kit, including livery options, sprue photos and box art.
As previously reported, the new tool offering will serve as a 21st century upgrade to Airfix’s previous 1/72 B-25 (which was originally released in 1965), utilizing “the very latest design and production techniques”. The kit is touted as “a highly accurate” representation of the machine, created with the aid of original construction drawings obtained from the Smithsonian as well as data gathered from an up-close inspection of B-25D FR193 (41-30792) based at the National War and Resistance Museum in Overloon, Holland.
Special attention has been paid to accurately reproducing the type’s “distinct gull-winged appearance”, which includes “a slight anhedral being incorporated to the outer wing area from the engine nacelles outwards.”
Two livery options will be recreate B-25D-15 41-30409 “Lady Jane” of the 23rd Anti-Submarine Squadron and B-25C 41-12860 “Desert Warrior” of the 12th Bombardment Group. The kit is currently slated for release in November.
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The world may soon have a second airworthy example of the Avro Anson Mk 1 following a recent acquisition by the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome Heritage Aviation Association in New South Wales, Australia.
The Anson, MG422, reportedly served as a training and patrol aircraft in WW2 before being retired from service and sold in 1953. It began a period of decline until being acquired by Grahame and Helen Field of Forbes in 2001. The pair brought the project to several airshows around the country, however, their plan to restore it to operating condition did not come to fruition, as Grahame developed lung cancer in 2004.
Helen decided to sell the machine after Grahame’s passing, seeking a buyer who could possibly fulfill his dream. This eventually led to a deal with Evans Head, who plans to return the rare machine to “flight capabilities” and display it in a new exhibition called “the Grahame and Helen Field collection.”
MG422 is said to be extraordinary due to it original, unmodified fuselage and original logbook detailing its history. A timeframe for its completion has not been revealed, although the process will reportedly take “some time.”
Currently, New Zealand-based Mk 1 MH120 is the only airworthy example of the type known to exist.