After being shipped from its previous base in New Zealand earlier this month, Curtiss P-40E Kittyhawk S/N AK803 has arrived at its new, temporary home at the Erickson Aircraft Collection in Madras, Oregon.
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, it 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.
A German WW2 Bachem Ba 349 Natter rocket-powered interceptor has hit the market. The product description states:
You are bidding on a full size Bachem Natter BA 349 – the first vertical take off/rocket fighter aircraft in the world! This one was discovered in the back of a hangar. Partially it looks restored, partially original, partially new. I am not an expert on this. Outstanding opportunity to purchase a great show plane for your hangar or your WWII museum! The price is as is and where is! You may inspect it any time! Present location South Germany.
The Natter was intended to launch vertically and conduct the majority of its flight via autopilot. Upon sighting Allied bombers, the pilot would aim the machine at the target and fire its nose-mounted rockets, after which it would return to the ground via parachute. Only one manned flight was attempted on March 1, 1945, which resulted in the death of the test pilot.
This example is located in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany and is currently being offered for US $8,500. Click here to check out the complete listing.
The WW1 Aviation Heritage Trust has posted a progress report on the rebuild of Albatros D.Va G-WAHT.
The reproduction, formerly ZK-TGY, was a regular performer on the UK Airshow Circuit in 2015-2016 and was originally constructed by The Vintage Aviator Ltd. of New Zealand, which also carried out the recent work. As seen above, it initially appeared in the colors of the machine flown by Paul Baumer of Jasta 5, however it has been repainted to represent D.2263, flown by Otto Kissenbert of Royal Bavarian Jasta 23b.
The Albatros arrived at The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, UK last week and is currently undergoing reassembly. It is expected to remain at the location until the process of obtaining a flight permit is complete.
Click below to check out a series of recent photos.
Boeing Stearman N2S2 N59463 has hit the market. The listing states:
Aircraft total time 1310.9 hours, Current engine R-680. 448.9 hours. Current annual expires 12/2018. 2B-20 ground adjustable propeller. ACK E01 ELT. King KT76A transponder, PR 850 blind encoder. King KY 196/VHF transceiver. Also has intercom. Aircraft has alternator and electric starter. A zero time spare R-680 is also available as a package. Price of airplane and spare engine 100k
The aircraft is located in Snohomish, Washington and is currently being offered for $75,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
On September 19, Tony Agar’s de Havilland Mosquito NF.II HJ711 performed a successful run of its port engine at the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre.
As previously reported, the aircraft was built at Hatfield in 1943 and went on to serve with 141 and 169 Squadrons, scoring the latter’s first kill on January 30, 1944 when pilot Squadron Leader J.A.H. Cooper downed a Bf 110 over Berlin. Following the war, HJ711’s forward fuselage was transferred to RAF Air Training Command at Chingsford before the nose section resurfaced at the Reflectaire Museum in Blackpool. Agar acquired the remains in 1971 and began a long term restoration to taxiing condition using components of PF498, VA878, NT616, and RS715.
The machine spent many years at the Yorkshire Air Museum in Elvington, York before the decision was made to relocate it to Lincolnshire, which has additional facilities available to complete restoration work.
Click below to check out videos of Wednesday’s test.
An item described as a “very rare original” Avro Lancaster mid upper gun turret has hit the market. The listing states:
Aluminium parts in good condition considering its age, sadly the perspex sections have been broken but enough left to make templates if required. Perfect for a turret restoration as the frame is in good condition and complete. Built by Nash and Thompson, I haven’t cleaned the manufacturers plate too much as it seems to have suffered worse from corrosion and I don’t want to damage it. It is quite large, approx 1.8m wide.
The turret is located in Peterborough, United Kingdom and is being offered for £2,250 (or about US $2,981.93), although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Hangar 9 has announced the upcoming release of a P-51D Mustang 20cc, 69.5″ ARF (Almost-Ready-to-Fly) RC model.
The aircraft (HAN2820) is described as “expertly constructed” from lightweight, laser-cut balsa and plywood with “finely detailed, satin-finish covering” offering “scale nomenclature, panel lines, and more.” Additional features reportedly include a detailed cockpit with 3D instrument panel, an “expertly painted” pilot bust, retract ready fixed landing gear with 4″ wheels / realistic shock-absorbing struts, functional flaps, scale control surface hinge lines, gear doors, wing guns and antenna, optional-use wing pylons with removable drop tanks and two marking options representing “Geraldine” or “Sky Bouncer.”
The model is currently available for pre-order with the next shipment expected in early October.
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An extremely rare, post-WW2 Boeing YL-15 Scout (N4770C) has hit the market. The listing states:
The last one of 12 L-15s, built Mar.8,1949 at Boeing Wichita, KS. This is the only airworthy example of the remaining 7. N4770C was awarded Grand Champion Warbird Post WW II, at Airventure 2017. I received the Gold Wrench Award for the Restoration. Included with the sale of 70C is a 2nd wrecked YL-15, S/N 47-423, lots of new old stock spare parts, the Restricted Aircraft Type Certificate (transferable) & approx 3000 digitized blueprints. Boeing’s last piston, prop, man carrying design. Built for observation, liaison, & forward air control. Family owned since Feb.1954. Be the next caretaker!
The machine is currently hangared at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Photo: J. S. Bond from Wikimedia Commons)
Dora Wings has released the first renderings of a new Seversky P-35 that is reportedly being developed in 1/48 scale.
As of this writing, there seems to be no additional details about the kit, so kit contents, liveries, pricing and a release date remain a mystery. Click below to check out additional images.
Tamiya has announced the development of a new tool Spitfire Mk. 1 model kit in 1/48 scale.
The kit (61119) will reportedly include parts to recreate various specifications of the Mk. 1, open and closed canopy options, realistic cockpit detailing, photo-etched parts, seated pilot figure and three marking options.
Additional details, including a possible release date, have not yet been announced. Click below to check out a recently released rendering.