The Fighter Factory in Virginia Beach, Virginia has reported the arrival of the Military Aviation Museum’s latest acquisition, a P-39F Airacobra.

As previously reported, the aircraft is based largely on an ex-Soviet Air Force P-39Q which was recovered around 1995, although it is also said to feature parts obtained from P-39Q 42-20341. The machine (ZK-COB) was restored to airworthy condition by Pioneer Aero Ltd and represents USAAC 220341. On February 26, it performed its first post-restoration flight from Ardmore Airfield in Auckland, New Zealand with NZ Warbirds Association President Frank Parker at the controls.

Click below to check out photos of its arrival at MAM.

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1949 Hawker Sea Fury FB Mk.11 S/N 3733 (F-AZXJ), touted as “the finest Sea Fury in the world” has hit the market. The listing states:

Restored to the highest of standards – Wing-tip mounted smoke winders? – New Pratt & Whitney R-2800 CB3 engine installed in 2016 – Located in France • Airframe 240 TTSMO – engine 85 TTSO – propeller 85 TTSO (Aero Products A642-6805)

Pricing is available upon request. Click here, here and here to check out complete listings.

(Photo: Tibboh via Wikimedia Commons)

MikroMir has released a Handley Page Victor B.Mk1/K.2P model kit in 1/144 scale.

Details on the kit (144-027) are scarce, but images of the contents have been released and appear to show plastic and photoetched parts as well as decals with marking options for three aircraft, including XH648 (seen on the box art above), XA940 and XH592.

Click below to check out the product page and additional images.

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A T-28A Trojan project (S/N 51-7703) has hit the market. The aircraft is described as unmodified from the original version, which was “transferred to Mexico as number 31 of 88 aircraft to upgrade it’s Air Force in the 1950s.” The listing states (in part):

The project is nearly complete with the only major items canabolized prior to return to the US being the instrument panels and radios. The flight controls and side panels are intact with associated controls, switches, breakers. lights etc. It just requires a new front and rear plate for the intrument panels and the assocaited intruments. I do have some loose intruments including the fuel gages, MAP, and flap indicator and landing gear indicators from the aircraft as well as the left and right front windshield plastics. The structure is all present and generally sound with good zinc chromating of the interior fuselage, wings and tail surfaces. It is a restoration project with a number of dents some metal gouges from handling and shipping. It also has some corrosion of a few extrusions characterisitic of it’s age. Nothing that isn’t easily replaced and none in the spars or other major structural elements

The project is also said to include two Curtiss Wright R-1300-1B engines, and although both are in need of overhaul, they provide “a great set of parts including all engine accessories” and “much redundancy.”

The aircraft is reportedly located at the Newport, OR airport and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

After receiving many inquiries, Kinetic Models has provided an update on its highly anticipated 1/48 Harrier GR.1 kit (48060).

The company states, “Same as our T-Harrier, this GR1 fueslage, cockpit, in take will be tooled according to our latest tooling quality. So, for those who has the T-Harrier, you know what you will get.”

The GR.1 is also said to have a product code assigned and CAD prepared (although not final round). It is slated to be released in time for the Telford model show in November with pre-orders expected to launch at the end of August.

Click below to check out an additional image.

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For the latest installment of his “Kermie Cam” series, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks paid a visit to the late Paul Allen’s Flying Heritage & Combat Armor Museum in Washington State for a tour of the facility.

The video captures Weeks exploring the impressive collection of military aircraft and vehicles with Executive Director Adrian Hunt, and also discussing the status of the museum since Allen’s passing last year.

The visit will be chronicled in two videos, the first of which can be seen below.

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Academy has released a new B-25D “Pacific Theatre” model kit in 1/48 scale.

The kit (12328) reportedly includes a highly detailed cockpit interior, bomb bay and machine guns as well as options to build the landing gear and bomb bay in extended or retracted positions. Also included is a canopy mask and Cartograf decals with three marking options representing 41-30024 “Red Wrath,” 41-30026, “Near Miss” / “Hilda” and 41-30669 “Tondelayo.”

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Offers are now being accepted on a 1914 80hp Le Rhone engine located in Sonoma, CA. The listing states (in part):

80 hp Le Rhone engine complete less Intake tubes. Excellent condition, disassembled and cleaned for inspection.

Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: National Archives and Records Administration via Wikimedia Commons)

Airfix has released an update on its upcoming new tool Spitfire FR Mk.XIV in 1/48 scale.

The update offers the first images of the completed model wearing its “lead scheme option” representing NH902 VC-P ‘Lazy Lady V’, flown by Squadron Leader James Bernard Prendergast of 414 Squadron, RCAF. This particular livery was worn by the machine when Prendergast scored his double Fw 190 kill on May 2, 1945 and when he was flying on VE Day.

The kit (A05135) was developed with the aid of “a vast collection of research materials, original drawings and photographs relating to Spitfire production” as well as computer base model shape data from their Spitfire Mk.1 kit released in 2014. A second livery representing TZ112 will also be included.

The kit is currently slated for release at the end of the month. Click below to check out additional photos.

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The Historic Aircraft Collection has announced the first post-restoration flight of de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI.

As previously reported, the aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored over a 15 year period by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example (D-5649) was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and is powered by the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world. The aircraft is owned by Retrotec’s sister company Aero Vintage and operated by Historic Aircraft Collection.

The flight was reportedly conducted yesterday from the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford airfield with pilot Dodge Bailey at the controls. It lasted 30 minutes and was described as “trouble free.”

Click below to check out photos and video of the test.

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