A mysterious passenger Douglas DC-3 has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Available to select customers, this is an outstanding DC-3 aircraft located in Europe. The aircraft has great times, excellent history, recent wing pull and is ready to go. Current owner available to fly the aircraft for the for Daks over Normandy.

The aircraft’s registration and serial have not been published, although it is said that its history includes military service. It is currently registered in Europe but “can easily be placed back on the US register.” Additional details are available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.

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HpH Models has announced their next new project: a Westland Wyvern in 1/32 scale.

The Wyvern employed a tractor configuration similar to that of the Bell P-39 Airacobra, with the engine located behind the pilot. It entered service with the British in 1953, acting as a carrier-based strike aircraft and seeing action in Operation Musketeer during the 1956 Suez Crisis. It was withdrawn from active duty in 1958.

At the moment little is known about the new kit, although several images have been released which can be seen below.

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A static display reproduction of the HM.14 “Flying Flea” has hit the market. The listing states:

This NON-flyable replica airplane that has been used for display purposes only. There is no motor or prop included in this auction. This auction includes the Pouduciel Flying Flea (yellow) plane with the life size mannequin that is seated in the plane. Also included is the display stand (wooded) that the plane is presently sitting on with the documentation/books/brochures shown in the pictures. This item would be great for a collection, restaurant, museum or man cave. Please pick up only, we will help you load.

The reproduction is based in Mayville, New York and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

P-51D Mustang “The Shark” (S/N 44-73877 / G-SHWN) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

The Shark was built by North American Aviation in July 1945 and served with the USAAF at several training units before being transferred to the Canadian Airforce where it served from 1951 – 1959. It was bought by a civil owner in 1980 and restored as ‘Old Crow’

The machine currently wears the colors of 112 Squadron RAF. It is reportedly powered by a Packard Merlin V12 – V-1650-7 which has flown 105 hours since overhaul by Eye Tech Engineering Ltd. The airframe has reportedly flown a total of 1562 hours since overhaul in the US.

The Shark is currently being offered for $2,100,000 USD (plus TAX if applicable). Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Modelcollect has announced the development of a new tool A-12 Oxcart model kit.

Details are scarce at the moment, with only the above box art having been released. Reports have stated that the kit is being developed in 1/72 scale, although Modelcollect noted in a Facebook comment that the scale is actually 1/48.

The new A-12 is currently slated for release some time in 2019.

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A 1946 Beechcraft D18-S has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

NO RESERVE 1946 Beech D18-S time capsule. In storage as seen in photos since 1991 when owner lost medical. Engines turn freely. Airframe is immaculate and low time. Original autopilot installed. Incredible piece of history. Has spar strap, metalized control surfaces. Digital Cd from faa available with all 337’s. logbooks have been lost. Will require all ad’s complied with. Aircraft is registered in my name. Original interior including rare cabin to cockpit door normally removed.

The machine is located in Millsboro, Delaware and inspections are reportedly welcome. As of this writing, bidding stands at $30,000. Click here to check out the full listing.

The Lytham St Annes Spitfire Centre in Lancashire, England has launched a fundraising campaign to refurbish and repaint the full-scale Spitfire Mk Vb reproduction (W3644) adorning the Lytham St Annes Fighter, Bomber & Coastal Command Memorial at Fairhaven Lake on the Fylde Coast.

The reproduction was acquired the volunteers of the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Display Team following three years of fundraising and was placed on display in 2013. However, it was recently removed from its plinth for much needed repairs, improvements and repainting.

Funds raised during the campaign will reportedly help return the Spitfire to public display and will also be used to carry out work on the associated RAF memorial plaques, which are said to be “in dire need of repolishing and colour infills.”

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A 1942 Stinson L5 “entry level warbird” (S/N 42-14835-A / N8224P) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

This Stinson L5 flew for the CAF for a number of years. She has less than 800 hrs on the airframe and engine since full restoration. The Lycoming 0-435-1 was purchased in 2015 and was top overhaul after it with chromed cylinders and new rings. It only has approx 20 hours on engine since top overhaul and burns about 1/2 qt of oil per hour. Latest compression check done Aug.2018 all cylinders 75/80 or better. New ACK model E-04 ELT, New ELT battery good till 6/23. New Trans Cal encoder. Trimble TX 760D comm and King KT 76A transponder. Dave Clark Intercom. New Concord Battery. Many spare parts. Completely restored from 1996 to 2005. Fabric is very good. Always hangared. Annual completed 8/2018. Transponder and encoder check 8/ 2018.

The machine is currently being offered for £60,000. Click below to check out additional images and a link to the full listing.

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Airfix has announced the upcoming release of their new tool Hawker Hunter F.6 model kit (A09185) in 1/48 scale.

Originally entering service with the RAF in 1954, the Hunter went on to operate with a large number of countries and in a number of conflicts. Its design arguably peaked with the Rolls-Royce Avon 203-powered F.6 variant, which is described as “the definitive interceptor version of the Hunter.”

The kit’s livery options have reportedly changed since initial reports and are now said to include XE597/A of 63 Squadron (Commander’s aircraft specially marked for the 1958 Battle of Britain display), XF509/73 of 4 Flying Training School and N-209 of 324 Squadron.

The expected release date has also changed from October to December, although pre-orders are now being accepted. Click below to check out additional images.

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On October 6, C-53 Skytrooper “Beach City Baby” returned to the air for the fist time in 25 years following over two years of work.

The aircraft (S/N 41-20095) was constructed by Douglas and was on the factory floor when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred in December 1941. It was delivered to the USAAC in January 1942 and was soon flown to Africa to participate in Operation Torch. The machine also saw service transporting troops and VIPs during the war and completed its service with FEA, Cairo Division.

Following civilian service with Danish Airlines/SAS and a stint as “Buckeye One,” the official state aircraft for the governor of Ohio, the Skytrooper was retired and flown to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio where it remained until 1990, when it was acquired by Ohio University of Athens and stripped of its engines. Eventually Ken Joseph stepped in and returned it to an airworthy state, obtaining a ferry permit and flying it to Beach City, Ohio in 1992. [click to continue…]