On the heels of their newly released Hawker Typhoon Mk 1B for FSX and P3D, flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven has announced that they are working on a C-46 Commando WW2 transport.
Additional details, including model features, flight sim compatibility and pricing have not yet been announced, although the company has released a series of renderings showing the aircraft in development. Full livery options also remain to be seen, however, it has been reported that Buffalo Airways textures will be among them.
The model is currently slated for release in April or May. Click below to check out additional images.
YouTuber “devinsupertramp” recently teamed up with Subaru with the goal of creating a video of an amazing stunt that few people would have seen before. The result combines biplanes, aerobatics, wing walking, skydiving and breathtaking 4K aerial photography.
The video features extreme athlete Marshall Miller performing his first ever wing walk aboard a Stearman piloted by Michael Mason of Mason Wing Walking. The flight was filmed by a helicopter equipped with a Shotover camera system for stability, resulting in a 4K experience that is the next best thing to actually being there.
The stunt concludes with Miller jumping off the wing off the Stearman and skydiving back to earth while a Pitts follows.
Hit the jump to check out the video as well as a behind the scenes look at its production.
Authors John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey and Robert “Cricket” Renner have teamed up with the National Museum of World War II Aviation in Colorado to produce Storm of Eagles, a compilation of the greatest aviation photos of WW2.
This fully illustrated coffee table book, compiled by one of the world’s premier aviation photographers and historians, brings together classic as well as never-before-seen wartime images and is said to be a must-have for anyone interested in WW2 aircraft.
The 200-page book measures 11.8 x 0.9 x 9.5″ and is currently available for pre-order with an expected release in June.
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The future of Avro Vulcan XH558 appears to be more secure following an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign which raised £200,000 in a mere eight weeks.
As previously reported, The Vulcan to the Sky Trust recently placed XH558 into storage at Doncaster Sheffield Airport after their hangar lease expired. The inability to provide public tours contributed to a “funding crisis” that saw drastic cuts to the charity’s workforce.
As a result, the Trust launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at constructing a purpose-built hangar and visitor center for the Vulcan at Doncaster. According to Trust representative Robert Pleming, the appeal reached its goal last week and has since pushed even higher. [click to continue…]
Airfix has announced a number of exciting new model kit releases for 2017, including a new tool Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.IB in 1/48 scale.
The company has published new computer renderings of the aircraft that will offer an idea of what builders can expect when the kit is released this summer. They have also provided details on the two liveries that will be included: P2731/S7F of 804 Naval Air Squadron and AF955/7-E, flown by Lieutenant Richard John (Dickie) Cork of 880 Naval Air Squadron.
Click below to check out additional renderings as well as the marking profiles and box art.
The newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” will make four national tour stops through the first half of 2017 according to a tour schedule announced earlier today.
Doc’s Friends, Inc. will be bringing the aircraft to Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin as part of their effort to “honor those who built, maintained and flew B-29s to protect America’s freedom at home and abroad” and “educate current and future generations on the contributions made by the Greatest Generation during wartime.”
The group is also in negotiations to participate in four additional events that could bring Doc to Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas later in the year.
Click below to check out the current 2017 tour dates.
Copper State Models has released new test build images of their long coming and highly anticipated 1/48 Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 model kit.
The late production variant seen here is slated for release “in several weeks” and will include a number of photo etched detail parts, including optional PE nose panels which will better represent the exposed engine cylinders commonly seen on the type (a resin nose will reportedly be released as well).
A separate kit representing the mid-production F.K.8 is also in development, although a final release date has not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional photos.
Restoration of Erickson Aircraft Collection’s Messerschmitt Me 109/Hispano Buchon is nearly complete and engine tests are now underway in preparation for its return to the air.
The aircraft’s fuselage was originally built under license by Hispano Aviation and equipped with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine. It was used in the 1969 film The Battle of Britain before finding its way to Erickson’s facility in Madras, Oregon.
Pacific Fighters performed the restoration of the machine, bringing it as close as possible to an Me 109 configuration. Work included equipping it with new exhaust stacks, an original cowling and an Allison engine as a substitute for the original Daimler-Benz. It is expected to take flight sometime this year.
Click below to check out a video of the recent engine test.
HpH Models has released the first photos of their upcoming 1/32 Aviatik Berg D.1 model kit showing the prototype’s highly detailed fuselage.
The aircraft, designed by Julius von Berg, was the first Austrian-designed fighter to be built, performing its first flight in 1916. The type entered service with the Austro-Hungarian Air Service in 1917 and operated on the Eastern, Italian and Balkan fronts until the end of WW1.
The kit will reportedly offer full resin parts with a 3D printed engine and markings for 138.120, a D.1 that operated with Flik 63J in 1918. Pricing and a final release date have not yet been announced.
Click below to check out the newly released images.
The Wings of the North museum in Eden Prairie, Minnesota will be displaying a Spirit of St. Louis Replica from the 1957 Jimmy Stewart film The Spirit of St. Louis.
Four examples of the type built built by Warner Brothers Studios for the production, which told the story of Charles Lindbergh’s trailblazing solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Among them was this static model that was used for ground shots.
The replica eventually found its way to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, where it was suspended in the terminal, however, it was “mothballed” when the structure was remodeled. An agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission brought the machine to Wings of the North on Tuesday, where it is currently in the process of being assembled and “spruced up”.
A final date for display has not yet been announced. Click below to check out photos of its arrival.