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FMS has followed up their original 1400mm P-47 RC model with a 1500mm version that was the result of “two-years of numerous flying tests and continuous improvements.”

The new model offers 99% scaled control surface, landing gear cover, cockpit interiors, plastic cowling, gun turrets, retracted landing gear and panel lines, as well as a new 4258 KV460 motor with Predator high quality 70A ESC for a stronger more powerful system. Additional features include new CNC processed shock-absorbed front landing gear, metal gear digital servos, the latest 2016 FMS electric retract, and lighter and larger EPO 52 foam construction that increases performance without compromising strength.

The model was designed to be customer-friendly, providing ease of assembly and transport, and reportedly includes a 6+ channel radio system, LiPo battery and LiPo charger. Click below to view product link and additional photos.

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After spending over half a century outdoors, the world’s only surviving Supermarine Swift F4 has been restored and placed on public display.

The aircraft, WK275, was originally built in the 1950s and was purchased in 1968 by Percy Sheppard, who placed it outside his outdoor clothing and camping store near Leominster. The Swift was exposed to the elements for decades before being acquired by a private owner in 2012.

Jet Art Aviation Ltd. was engaged to dismantle and transport the aircraft in a process that was described as “very challenging engineering-wise” due to excessive corrosion, but now, after four years of restoration, the Swift has been returned to pristine condition. The machine has been placed on long term loan with the Vulcan to the Sky Trust at Doncaster Robin Hood Airport, which is said to be “a very fitting resting place and new home where she can be enjoyed by the public in a warm hangar with a team who can help preserve the aircraft for generations to come.” It can now be seen beside Avro Vulcan XH558, which served as the last airworthy example of its type prior to retirement in 2015.

Click below to see more of WK275 prior to restoration, and as it appears today.

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On November 14th, Jack Bally`s 1/3 scale B-17 replica performed its maiden flight, departing from its home field in Illinois for a short flight to a local airport, where it will undergo continued flight tests.

As previously reported, the aircraft was built using 1/9 scale RC model aircraft plans, and carries a single pilot. It is powered by four Hirth 3002 4-cylinder 2-stroke engines, spans 34′ 7″ and weighs an estimated 1,800 lbs.

The unique aircraft received airworthiness certification last month following initial engine and taxi tests. The recent flight was intended to be a high speed taxi test, but the machine was said to “just kind of [take] off”. The test was captured in the video after the break, although it does not offer clear footage of the mini bomber in the air. Better footage will reportedly follow the first “official flight”.

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Ten months after performing a wheels up landing in Dallas, the CAF Red Tail Squadron’s P-51C Tuskegee Airmen has returned to the air.

The aircraft was restored by AirCorps Aviation of Bemidji, Minnesota and performed several successful flights yesterday with pilot Doug Rozendaal at the controls.

This particular aircraft served as a trainer in 1945 before becoming surplus. It was displayed at a Montana college for decades before being donated to the CAF in 1988 and returned to airworthy condition. The aircraft performed its initial post-restoration flight in 2001 and entered the airshow circuit, paying tribute to the Tuskegee Airmen.

Click here to check out photos and video of yesterday’s flights.

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On Monday, Robin DR400/180 Régent D-EFHN departed from Agathenburg, Germany and proceeded to engage in what is being described as “inventive flight art”.

During its 37-minute journey, the aircraft used its flight path to write the word “Hello” in amazingly well rendered cursive. The result was captured by Flightradar24, which provides real-time global air traffic information.

The organization confirmed that this aircraft has a history of such stunts, having previously drawn an aircraft outline accompanied by what appears to be a signature, as well as a heart. Other aircraft have also been spotted drawing with their routes, including flights over Santa Clara that produce flower-like shapes, and an Air Malta flight that “drew” two hearts in order to celebrate the marriage of two employees.

Click below to check out a video of the “Hello” flight path.

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Historic England and Bicester Heritage are hoping the public may be able to shed light on a mysterious, partially collapsed structure discovered under thick undergrowth at RAF Bicester.

The “irregularly shaped brick shelter” is original to the former WW2 Bomber Training Station and is said to be unique due to its use of waterproofing measures. It is believed that the structure could have been partially buried and used to house technical equipment, but so far there has been no way to confirm this hypothesis.

Strangely, the roughly 16 square meter building does not appear on RAF records or maps, but does show up in period aerial photos, where it was seen near fuel stores. Conservators are hoping to learn how the shelter originally looked and what it was used for in order to determine the best way to preserve it. [click to continue…]

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Yesterday, restoration crews and 88th ABW Civil Engineers returned an F-104 Starfighter to its familiar location on a plinth outside of the USAF Museum in Dayton.

The F-104A (S/N 56-754) was removed back in 2014 and partially disassembled before being transported to the museum’s restoration facility. The aircraft emerged in noticeably improved condition while retaining its fictional FG-879 markings.

Click below to check out video highlights of yesterday’s installation.

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China-based model manufacturer FMS has announced the upcoming release of a 1700mm RC F7F-3 Tigercat.

The model will reportedly offer a 99% scaled appearance with rivets and scaled plastic parts throughout, optional color schemes, CNC processed shock-absorbing metal front and rear landing gear, a multi-connector for one-step installation, and the latest high-brightness LED set and retract mechanism with overcurrent protection.

Production is currently slated to begin next month, while release is scheduled for January. Click below to view additional renderings.

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The latest museum quality restoration to roll out of The Wright Experience workshop in Warrenton, Virginia is this Springfield-built Curtiss JN-4D, which performed its first taxi test earlier this month.

The OX-5-powered aircraft (S/N 5361) was rebuilt to its original condition over a 49 month period and wears the colors of the Jenny currently on display at the Smithsonian’s Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Virginia.

Click below to check out a video of the recent test. Wendel Hall of Hall Jet can be seen in the cockpit while Andrew King of Bald Eagle Aviation offers instruction on the Jenny’s controls.

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Author Jack Herris is detailing the famous Albatros aircraft of WW1 in a new series of publications from Aeronaut Books.

The first volume focuses on the development of early Albatros two-seaters, including B and C types and the little-known Albatros (OAW) C.I and C.II. The book offers text, 444 photos (a number of which are previously unpublished), 56 color profiles, production quantities, serial numbers, dimensions and performance specifications of aircraft. In addition, three aircraft are illustrated in 1/72 scale drawings.

The 230-page book is now available and will be followed in 2017 by Volume 2, which will cover later two-seaters, and Volume 3, which will focus on fighters, bombers, and seaplanes.

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