Airfix is adding to their list of 2017 model kit releases with the announcement of a new tool P-51D Mustang in 1/48 scale.
The upcoming release will reportedly include “impressive levels of detail” and a number of build options, including flight or static configurations and the ability to represent different variations of the legendary D model – from the first examples introduced into service, to the improved later versions. A number of weapon and drop tank options will also be included.
The P-51 model is currently slated for release next August. Click below to check out additional CAD renderings.
The Luftfahrttechnische Museum in Rechlin, Germany is welcoming more WW1 aircraft to its collection with today’s arrival of a Rumpler Stahltaube.
The aircraft is one of several on loan to the collection from the Militärhistorisches Museum in Berlin. Previous arrivals included a Messerschmitt Bf 109 G2, Siemens-Schuckert D.III, Fokker E.III and Fokker D.VII.
The Taube was originally designed by Igo Etrich and first flew in 1910. Its most recognizable feature was its unique wing shape, which was derived from the Zanonia Macrocarpa – a seed known for its lengthy gliding distances. The design went through many incarnations, including an example built with steel tubing that became known as the “Stahltaube”. Over the course of its service, the Taube was used for training and reconnaissance purposes by Italy, Germany and Austro-Hungary.
Due to the size of the wing panels, only one was delivered along with the fuselage, the second will reportedly arrive next month along with a Fokker Dr.1.
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Australia’s only flying Hawker Hurricane will make its public debut as part of a special fly-in scheduled for November 12th.
The newly restored aircraft, S/N 5481, performed its maiden flight on October 2nd following restoration by Pay’s Air Service/Vintage Fighter Restorations and is finished in the colors of Hurricane Mk I V6748 flown by P/O J. D. Crossman, who was killed in action on September 30, 1940.
The “Flight of the Hurricane” fly-in will take place at Scone Airport in New South Wales and will reportedly be attended by a number of additional warbirds, including a Spitfire, Mustang, Avenger and CAC Wirraway in addition to aerobatic displays and helicopter rides.
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On Saturday, the Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace located at Le Bourget airport in Paris opened a new exhibition focused on the air war during the Battle of Verdun, the First World War’s largest and longest engagement.
“Verdun: The Air War” offers new perspectives on the conflict, which affirmed air power as a powerful instrument of war. The display is built around the collection’s Nieuport 11 and includes a collection of objects and key documents loaned by a number of institutions. For the first time, these relics come together to shed new light on tactics and military strategy as well as how aerial bombing affected civilians.
The exhibit will reportedly run until January 29th, and is complimented by the new book Verdun La Guerre Aerienne.
(via Musée de l’Air et de l’Espace Thanks, Pascal!)
Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre has announced that the winter of 2016/17 will see “huge steps” forward in the effort to bring Avro Lancaster NX611 “Just Jane” to airworthy status.
The organization has filed for A8-23 approval with the CAA and will now tackle major restoration work that will include a complete strip, assessment and re-paint of the airframe. According to Centre official Andrew Panton, “The goal of ‘Just Jane’ becoming only the third airworthy Lancaster in the world feels closer than ever before.”
A Douglas C-47 that crash landed in Siberia in 1947 has been recovered in a joint Russian and American expedition, and will share its story in a new museum.
The aircraft, S/N 42-32892, was delivered to the Soviet Union in 1943, flying along the treacherous Alaska-Siberia Air Route, which was used to deliver nearly 8,000 U.S. aircraft to the Soviet Union to fight against Germany in WW2. After serving as a supply and reconnaissance aircraft, the C-47 was reassigned to civilian duties, flying passengers to remote locations in northern Siberia.
Yesterday, Sopwith Pup N6161 performed its first post-restoration flight from the Imperial War Museum, Duxford with pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls.
The Le Rhone-powered aircraft was reconstructed to exacting standards by Retrotec in East Sussex and is believed to be the first original Pup to take to the air since the early 1920s.
The aircraft will be collected by its new owner, although future plans remain a mystery.
Click below to watch video of the flight.
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An F-94 Starfire based at an Erie, PA cemetery could be returned to the Air Force without a sponsor to keep it intact.
The aircraft was brought to the veterans’ section of Erie County Memorial Gardens by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 264 of Corry in 1959, and has since become a symbol of the cemetery and the men and women who served in the U.S. armed forces. However, the VFW can no longer care for the machine and constant exposure to the elements have taken their toll.
On October 16th, Larry Howard’s exquisite Sopwith Pup replica performed its second flight from Sky Meadow Air Park in Spokane, Washington.
The Le Rhone-powered aircraft was built over an eight year period and reportedly meets original specifications in every regard – with the exception of a modern magneto. The “very successful” flight was performed by Jay Pemberton of Pemberton & Sons Aviation and was captured by a strut mounted GoPro camera.
Click below to watch this beautiful aircraft take to the air.