Airfix’s new 1/48 Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.IB model kit has hit the market.

The kit reportedly contains plastic and clear parts as well as waterslide decals for two incarnations of what is described as an “important and extremely attractive version of Britain’s first monoplane fighter to exceed 300 mph in level flight.”

Liveries include P2731/S7F of 804 Naval Air Squadron and AF955/7-E, flown by Lieutenant Richard John (Dickie) Cork of 880 Naval Air Squadron.

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Yesterday, the process of restoring the Museum of Flight’s B-52 Stratofortress began with the machine’s relocation to the work area.

As previously reported, the aircraft, S/N 59-2584 “Midnight Express”, has been parked outdoors at the museum’s Paine Field facility in Washington State for the past 26 years. The current $2.2 million effort will see it restored for use as the centerpiece of a new Vietnam Air War Memorial Park will pay tribute to the aircraft of the Vietnam War and honor the service members who flew and supported them.

Yesterday’s work saw the B-52 transported from the center of Paine Field to Boeing property near the Historic Flight Foundation, where exterior restoration and refinishing will take place. Once complete, the bomber will be partially disassembled, moved to the memorial park on west side of the Museum’s Aviation Pavilion and reassembled. The project will also involve site development and other landscaping.

Those who wish to contribute to the effort can do so by clicking here.

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The Military Aviation Museum’s latest WW1 acquisition, a full-scale Sopwith Triplane replica, has arrived at its Virginia Beach facility.

As previously reported, the Lycoming-powered Triplane (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.

It has been an exciting few months at at the museum. In addition to the Triplane, it has recently welcomed an exquisite Hisso-powered S.E.5a and a Le Rhone-powered Fokker Dr.1 from Brazil. It has not yet been reported if any of the new acquisitions will participate in the museum’s 2017 Biplanes and Triplanes air show, which is currently scheduled for October 7th and 8th.

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Yesterday, B-29s “FIFI” and “Doc” performed their first flight together over Oshkosh, Wisconsin as part of the 2017 AirVenture fly-in. As the only two flying examples of the type in the world, the occasion was the first of its kind since 1960, the same year the B-29 was retired from active service.

Doc, which is owned and operated by Doc’s Friends, Inc., made its debut at Oshkosh this year following a seventeen year restoration. The machine performed its first post-restoration flight in July 2016 and has since appeared at various airshows around the US. Efforts are currently underway to provide it with permanent home in Wichita, Kansas.

FIFI, owned and operated by the Commemorative Air Force, is an air show veteran and one of the main attractions in the CAF AirPower History Tour. Since returning to the skies in the 1970s, the bomber has participated in events from coast to coast and is also available for rides.

The two B-29s reportedly did not fly in close formation during their demonstration, but the event is still a sight to behold. Click below to check it out.

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After performing a beautiful demonstration flight, this huge Junkers Ju 52 RC model met a sad end at the recent Airlinertreffen 2017 event in Germany.

The incident was reportedly the result of an aborted landing attempt which saw a sudden acceleration of power. Two of the three engines apparently stalled while the third delivers full power and helps throw the machine into a spiral. The results are captured in the videos below.

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Just Flight has released a new “in development” video showcasing the upcoming C-46 Commando add-on for FSX and P3D.

The model was developed using real world plans and is touted as offering realistic flight dynamics, multiple animations, highly detailed engines with authentic sound set and a faithfully recreated virtual cockpit with 3D instrumentation, wear and tear, and realistic systems functionality.

In addition, the aircraft boasts a total of 19 military and civilian livery options, including markings for The Tinker Bell and Buffalo Airways.

The model will reportedly be compatible with Flight Simulator X, FSX: Steam Edition, P3D v3, P3D v2 and P3D v1. Pricing and a final release date have not yet been announced. Click below to check out the new video.

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ICM has released a new series of CAD renderings detailing their upcoming new tool He 111H-3 model kit.

The 1/48 scale offering is touted as an accurate copy of the prototype that includes highly detailed engines and cockpit interior as well as waterslide decals for four machines.

Pricing and a final release date have not yet been announced. Click below to check out the box art and additional renderings.

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NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center at Edwards Air Force Base in California has taken to YouTube to upload hundreds of archival videos capturing “unique research aircraft flown at NASA Dryden Flight Research Center from the 1940s to the present.”

The collection, which includes stunning footage of the XB-70 Valkyrie, YF-12, SR-71, X-1, X-15 and many others, was previously part of the Dryden Aircraft Movie Collection and could only be found in an obscure video library. However, it is now being brought to the forefront and posted to the Center’s YouTube channel, with around 300 of the roughly 500 videos already available.

NASA Armstrong Social Media Manager Rebecca Richardson recently told Motherboard, “NASA has so much digital content that tends to be overlooked by the public, given the difficulty that exists in actually locating the content. Our hope is that by moving the content to more accessible platforms, NASA fans and media personnel will be able to access the content more regularly and become more fully immersed in what is happening at NASA.”

Click below to check out some highlights from the collection.

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E-Flite has announced the upcoming release of a Stearman PT-17 1.1m RC model.

The representation of the famous WW2 trainer reportedly includes a 15-size brushless outrunner motor, a period-correct seven-cylinder dummy radial engine with intricate ignition and exhaust details, a Navy-inspired livery with structure, accessory and paneling details and shock-absorbing action of the aluminum struts.

The model is also said to boast a quick-release wing mounting system for easy field assembly, a magnetic top hatch for simple battery installation and an AS3X receiver to “smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence” and provide “a sense of stability and precision that makes you feel like you’re flying an expertly tuned aircraft.”

Click below to check out a video overview.

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North American P-51D “Goldfinger” has hit the market.

The aircraft (44-73693 / N551MB) formerly known as “Risky Business” has reportedly amassed less than 10 hrs on its airframe since restoration by Airmotive Specialties and is equipped with a Packard V-1650-7 with Transport Heads and Banks which has 10 hrs SMOH by Vintage V-12s.

Additional features are said to include a completely redone interior with new panels and floorboards, extensive documentation of upgrades and FAA 337 forms for repairs, wiring diagrams, an annual inspection in process by Airmotive Specialties and current transponder certification.

The machine is currently being offered for $2,500,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.