Following their recent announcement of a new tool 1/72 scale P-63A/C/E Kingcobra model kit, Arsenal Model Group (AMG) has further announced the development of an additional 1/48 scale example, releasing new images of the first sprue casting as well as an initial dry fit assembly.

The new kits are currently slated for release in November.

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The team working to restore B-17E/XC-108A 41-2595 “Desert Rat” have announced that the machine’s fuselage halves have been reunited for the first time in 75 years, marking a major milestone for the project.

The bomber was originally delivered to the AAF in 1942 where it was used for training purposes at various bases around the US. In 1943 it was assigned to the XC-108 program and was modified in an experiment to determine the type’s suitability as a transport for troops and large cargo – a process that included removing armor and armament and modifying the fuselage layout and structure. The following year, the aircraft departed for India, where it was expected to ferry men and equipment into China. Although details of its service in the country are not known, the mission was likely deemed unsuccessful due to engine problems that plagued the machine before and during its trans-Atlantic journey. [click to continue…]

On Friday, B-58 Hustler 55-0666 completed its journey from Rantoul, Illinois to its new home at Castle Air Museum in Atwater, California.

As previously reported, the cold war supersonic bomber was acquired by the museum in 2016, following the closure of the Chanute Air Museum in Rantoul, Illinois. Disassembly began shortly after with components such as the four engine pods, radome, pylon mounts and center line weapons pod being transferred over time via flatbed truck.

Last week’s delivery saw the arrival of the fuselage and wings, an event that was captured in the video below. Plans for assembly and display have not yet been announced.

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Kentucky-based nonprofit Friends of Jenny has announced that their Curtiss Jenny reproduction (N38262) will be rebuilt following an emergency landing last week.

As previously reported, the aircraft departed Bowling Green-Warren County Regional Airport on August 12th and climbed to roughly 100ft before heading toward the No.4 fairway of CrossWinds Golf Course, clipping a tree during its descent.

Thankfully, the pilot was not seriously injured, but the impact did cause significant damage to the machine’s airframe, which now needs to be rebuilt in time to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the airmail service in August 2018, when it is scheduled to reenact the inaugural flight from College Park, Maryland to New York City.

Friends of Jenny states that it is currently in the process of working out the details, talking with those who can help rebuild her and determining what it will take to make her airworthy again. In the meantime, the organization is seeking support from the public in the form of volunteer labor, financial support, or simply well wishes in their effort.

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Arsenal Model Group (AMG) has announced the upcoming release of a new P-63A/C/E Kingcobra in 1/72 scale.

Details are scarce but a number of CAD renderings have been released, the remainder of which can be seen below.

The kit is currently slated for release in November.

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With less than a month to go, a Kickstarter campaign to build a permanent home for the newly restored B-29 “Doc” has gathered only a small fraction of its target, prompting “an added sense of urgency” for the bomber’s caretakers.

As previously reported, the proposed $6.5 million B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center will be based along the 1700 block of south Airport Road on the grounds of the Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas. Offering a total of 32,000 sq ft (including 24,000 sq ft of hangar space), the new facility will not only serve as a home for the historic bomber, but also as “a working maintenance facility where the public can come and watch crews maintain Doc with hands-on learning experiences inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.”

As of this writing, only around $7,800 has been raised, a far cry from the $100,000 goal. However, even if the campaign is not fully funded by the September 16th deadline and the organization receives none of the pledged money, the project will reportedly move forward. A private fundraiser has already gathered $5 million toward the project, while the sale of inscribed bricks and tiles will help fill the gap. According to Doc’s Friends spokesman Josh Wells, “We’re comfortable with the money we have in the bank, and we’re comfortable starting the project.”

If you would like to learn more or contribute to the Kickstarter campaign click here.

(via The Wichita Eagle)

A team searching the waters of Lake Ontario for nine historically significant 1/8 scale models of the Avro Arrow have made an exciting discovery in the form of Nike booster rockets which were likely used for launching.

As previously reported, the models were strapped to rockets and deployed over the lake while the Arrow, a massive cold war interceptor, was in development in the mid-1950s. The recovery of the models is especially important as they could be a rare, tangible connection to the Arrow project, which was eventually cancelled due to to excessive costs, resulting in all completed airframes and engines, as well as associated tooling and components, being destroyed.

It is believed that the three-metre long, sensor equipped scale models were shot over the lake from Point Petre in Prince Edward County. The expedition to locate and recover them has been in the planning stage for the past year and is a collaborative effort between several private companies with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Military Institute.

If found, the models will be given new homes at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.

Click below to check out photos and descriptions of the rockets as they were discovered on the lakebed.

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Supermarine Spitfire XVI (S/N SL721 / C-GVZB), considered one of the most original airworthy Spitfires in the world, has hit the market.

The aircraft was built in August 1945 and delivered to the RAF, where it became the personal aircraft of Air Chief Marshall Sir James Milne Robb, a WW1 pilot who served as Commander-In-Chief – Air Forces Europe following WW2. The aircraft was sold in 1967 and transported to the US, where it would stay until 2002, when it was acquired by Vintage Wings of Canada and flown to Ottawa, where it is currently based.

The machine is powered by a Packard Merlin 266/R55 with 49.8 hrs SMOH by 51 Factory, while the airframe has reportedly amassed a total of 896.9 hrs since new.

The Spitfire is currently being offered for £1,695,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Aldo Bidini via Wikimedia Commons)

Following a gear malfunction, the world’s oldest surviving, airworthy PBY Catalina performed a nose wheel up landing at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands on Tuesday.

The aircraft (PH-PBY) was initially ordered by the US Navy in 1939 and rolled off the production line on November 15, 1941. The aircraft went on to see service in WW2, sinking three German U-boats and heavily damaging a fourth, making it the most successful example of the type in history.

Following the war, it was used in the production of the film Flipper before being used as a firefighter. It eventually made its way to the Netherlands, where it was found and restored by the Stichting Neptune Association.

A total of 18 people were said to be aboard the machine during the incident and no injuries were reported. Damage to the airframe is also said to be minor.

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A number of aircraft operating with Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) have reportedly been grounded following inspection.

In their announcement, BBMF states:

“A routine engine inspection has highlighted a fault with one of our Merlin engines. Consequently, purely as a precaution, we have taken the decision to temporarily pause flying of our aircraft powered by Merlin engines. We will advise further as soon as we are able to. We are still operating our Griffon engined Spitfire. We realise the disappointment this will be to our many supporters and Airshow organisers; however, safety is our paramount concern.”

The RAF’s Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) is well-known for commemorating the service’s victory against staggering odds in 1940 – operating a fleet of some of the last remaining airworthy examples of the machines that helped win the pivotal conflict, including Spitfires, Hurricanes and an Avro Lancaster – one of only two examples of the type currently flying.

BBMF performs before an estimated 7 million spectators annually and was expected to perform at the inaugural Scampton Airshow in early September.

(via BBC and Flightline UK Photo: By Tim Felce (Airwolfhound) via Wikimedia Commons)