A newly released video is giving the world its first clear look at Fiat G.59 4B MM.53278/D-FIAT in flight following restoration.

As previously reported the aircraft, a two-seat trainer variant of the famous G.55 Centauro WW2 fighter utilizing a Rolls Royce Merlin engine, was originally built in 1950 bearing construction number #179 and served with the Italian Air Force Flight Test Wing as “RS-25” before being stored at the Museo Storico dell’Aononautica Militaire in central Italy.

In the early 1980s, the machine was acquired by a private owner in Australia, receiving restoration in Chino, California and winning the Lindbergh Award at the 1987 Oshkosh fly-in. During this time it was also adorned with fictitious Italian camouflage (seen above) in order to prevent it from being mistaken for a P-51 – an error that apparently occurred with irritating frequency. [click to continue…]

Tamiya’s new tool 1/48 scale Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 is currently due out on January 20, but YouTuber “Andy’s Hobby Headquarters” has obtained an early sample copy of the kit which is examined and assembled in a newly released video.

As previously reported, the model is said to include a complete engine, a cowling designed for open or closed display and marking options for 9./JG54, 7./JG27 and 9./JG52 machines. It will retail for $53.

Click below to check out the new video.

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A rare example of the KB-50 Superfortress at MacDill AFB in Tampa, Florida is reportedly being prepped for disassembly and transport to its new home.

The aircraft (S/N 49-0389) was originally built by Boeing as a B-50D and delivered to the USAAF around 1949. During its service life it was converted to a KB-50 variant carrying auxiliary fuel tanks and a hose pod under the wings. In 1958 it was again modified, this time to a KB-50J refueling tanker which included the addition of two turbojet engines. In 1965 it was flown to Wright-Patterson AFB in Dayton, where it became part of the USAF Museum collection. It remained at the museum until 1996, when it was loaned to MacDill.

Worldwide Aircraft Recovery of Bellevue, Nebraska is reportedly carrying out the work that will see the aircraft relocated to the Air Mobility Command Museum at Dover AFB in Delaware. There it will join a KC-97 and a KC-135 and complete AMC’s collection of the oldest tankers in the USAF.

A timeframe for transfer and display at AMC has not yet been reported.

(via Worldwide Aircraft Recovery Additional Information via Aerial Visuals and Middletown Transcript Photo: Valder137 via Wikimedia Commons)

MotionRC has announced the upcoming release of the Freewing’s 64mm F-105D Thunderchief RC model.

The model is touted as the first example of the Vietnam-era fighter bomber in PNP format and “an ideal first hand launch EDF (electric powered ducted fan) for novice pilots wanting to learn how an EDF jet handles versus a propeller driven model aircraft of a similar size.”

The model reportedly offers EPO foam and reinforced construction, realistic shape and detailing and minimal assembly. It is powered by a 64mm 5 blade EDF fan unit, 30A ESC and 2627-4500kv brushless outrunner motor and is said to reach a top speed of 116kph/72mph using a single 3s 1000mAh-2200mAh lipo battery with XT60 connector.

The Freewing F-105 is currently available for pre-order with an expected release in January. Click below to check out a video overview.

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The Peterson Air and Space Museum in Colorado Springs, Colorado recently unveiled their static P-40 Warhawk following restoration and the application of a new livery.

The mounted reproduction was heavily damaged in a hail storm in July 2016 and restoration was carried out by contractors earlier this fall. During the process the display was repainted to represent a typical P-40 flown by the 268th Army Air Forces Base Unit located at Peterson Field during 1944-45.

The 268th AAFBU operated a fighter pilot training school at Peterson, training new Army Air Forces pilots in basic air combat and ground attack tactics and methods prior to their assignments to combat units. The museum’s P-40 now represents the student fighter pilots and their instructors that trained at Peterson Field, and the ground crews that supported them.

As seen above, the aircraft previously wore the markings of Lynn II, flown by Lt. John S. Stewart of 76 FS/23 FG.

The restored P-40 can be seen at the corner of Peterson Boulevard and West Ent Avenue, across the street from the museum’s entrance. Click below to check out a post-restoration image.

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The latest limited edition release from Brickmania is a 1/35 scale custom LEGO kit of the MiG-15 – an aircraft considered to be one of the best fighters of the Korean War.

The kit reportedly features 460 genuine new-condition LEGO / BrickArms elements, a custom 360 degree printed North Korean pilot, a sticker sheet with both Soviet and North Korean markings, air brakes, printed gun sights and retractable landing gear.

The F-86 Sabre, the American response to the MiG-15, will also be represented as an upcoming Brickmania kit. A recent update stated that it will be entering production soon, although a final release date has not yet been announced.

Click below to check out a video overview of the new MiG kit.

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A Fokker Eindecker project has hit the market.

According to the listing, the machine was discovered in a Pennsylvania barn and was in the process of undergoing restoration before the owner was forced to stop work due to advancing age and health concerns.

The aircraft reportedly spans 30 ft from tip to tip, while the fuselage is 19 ft from propeller hub to elevator and rudder assembly. It is said to incorporate sitka spruce construction, braided steel cables, period instruments and a five-cylinder radial engine. In addition, the control surfaces are reported to be in working order and the fuel and oil tanks are intact.

The Eindecker is reportedly located in Philipsburg, Pennsylvania and is being offered for $28,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

The Collings Foundation’s recently acquired P-38L-5 Lightning was filmed performing an engine test last week as it is prepared for its journey east.

The aircraft (S/N 44-53186) was intended for use in photo reconnaissance but was stored in Arizona following the end of WW2. After being declared surplus, it was acquired by a succession of companies, including Kargl Aerial Surveys, Aero Exploration Co and Mark Hurd Aerial Mapping, before being parked in 1963. Over the following years the P-38 passed through the hands of several additional owners before being acquired by Evergreen Aviation Museum in McMinnville, Oregon, which restored the machine to pristine condition and placed it on display in 1997.

In 2014 the aircraft was offered for sale and was soon acquired by the Stow, Massachusetts-based Collings Foundation. It is currently at the Planes of Fame Air Museum in Chino, California where it is undergoing “further maintenance, flight evaluation, and preparation” prior to travelling to its new home next year. It will reportedly be based near the Foundation’s headquarters, where it “will hold an important place” in their collection of superb vintage aircraft.

Check out the recent engine test below.

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Volunteers at the Kent Battle of Britain Museum in Hawkinge have acquired the substantial remains of four Bristol Bolingbrokes (a Canadian Bristol Blenheim variant) that will reportedly be rebuilt into one original airframe.

The acquisition is the culmination of a decades-long search by Museum Chairman Dave Brocklehurst MBE to return a Blenheim to RAF Hawkinge. It will also fill a major hole in the museum’s collection of aircraft types that participated in the Battle of Britain, as the Blenheim was the RAF’s fastest bomber at the onset of WW2 and served with Fighter, Bomber, Coastal and Training Commands during 1940 alone.

The project is comprised of remaining parts from the Bristol Blenheim Mk. I rebuild carried out by Aircraft Restorations Co in Duxford. Volunteers are scheduled to transport the fuselage, centre section and wings to the museum on Wednesday while the cockpit section is expected to be shipped from Canada in the coming months.

When complete, the aircraft will be displayed as a Bristol Blenheim Mk. IV. Click below to learn more.

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Today, Wingnut Wings released their new Sopwith 5F.1 Dolphin, adding this famous Hispano-Suiza-powered WW1 fighter to their exquisite line of 1/32 aircraft kitsets.

The model reportedly boasts 144 high quality injection molded plastic parts, including optional propellers, 20 lb Cooper bombs/carrier, Holt flares and lights and Lewis gun armament, as well as optional early and late production radiators, center sections, tail skids and front cowls.

Also included are 12 photo-etched detail parts, fine in-scale rib tape detail, a full rigging diagram and Cartograf decals with markings for five machines, including C3785 (RNAS), C3803 (“Red Star 6″/SARD), C3824 (23 Squadron RAF), C3879 (79 Squadron RAF) and C8163 (87 Squadron RAF).

Click below to check out the product link and additional photos of the completed model.

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