TB-25N “Panchito” has hit the market.

The aircraft (S/N 44-30734) is touted as “one of the most well-known B-25 aircraft in the world,” serving as “lead aircraft at many events celebrating the Doolittle Raiders in the past 10 years, Superbowl XXXIX, Indy 500, Preakness Race and NASCAR races.”

The airframe has reportedly amassed a total time of 2950 hrs since “total restoration” while the two Wright R-2600-35 engines have accumulated 400 hrs each SMOH by JRS and Cascade Engine Service. The machine is said to include an avionics package as well as recent brakes, a Norden bomb sight, Martin top turret, 50 caliber nose (3), waist (2) and tail (2) guns, four fuselage pack guns with rare original metal enclosures, bombs and a removable tail gunner enclosure for photography.

The aircraft is being offered for $1,400,000 and is also said to include an “extensive spares package.” Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: redlegsfan21 via Wikimedia Commons)

Kermit Weeks’ Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Pup is reportedly nearing its first post-restoration flight.

As seen above, the machine is one of two Sopwith Pups based at the Polk City, Florida attraction. Both were damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and have since been rebuilt, with the first example being returned to airworthy status in the colors of N6205 “BETTY” flown by Sub Lt Joseph Fall of 3 Squadron RNAS. The second Pup will also be restored to fly, but will initially remain uncovered in order to reveal its wooden structure.

Weeks states that they are “getting close on getting the Sopwith Pup ready for a test-flight” and notes that FAA is coming out later this week.

Click below to check out a selection of recent photos.

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Brickmania has released their impressive, limited edition B-17G LEGO model kit.

As previously reported, the representation of the iconic WW2 bomber includes 3,074 LEGO, and BrickArms elements, 10 custom-printed minifigures, 10 .50 caliber BrickArms machine guns mounted on moving turrets, moving flaps, ailerons, and rudder, retractable landing gear, four bombs with opening bomb bay doors, spinning propellers, a detailed interior, printed elements and a high-quality sticker sheet.

Click below to check out the product page, additional photos and a video overview.

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Full-scale, airworthy reproductions of the legendary Fokker Dr.1 and Sopwith Camel have hit the market, along with an 80% scale example of the Albatros D.Va.

The Dr.1 was reportedly built from Ron Sands plans and is powered by a Lycoming O-320 engine. The airframe is said to have amassed a total time of 294 hours total time, while the engine has 294 hours SMOH. The machine, which is described as US registered and currently flying in Florida, is being offered for $110,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

The Camel was reportedly constructed in 1993 and is powered by a Warner Super Scarab radial engine. It is described as having new exhaust, starter, brakes, tailwheel steering and radio and is flown regularly off pavement and grass. The airframe is said to have a total time of 391 hours while the engine has 25 hours SMOH. Like the triplane, the Camel is said to be US registered and currently flying in Florida. It is being offered for $150,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing. [click to continue…]

On Tuesday, Chennault Aviation & Military Museum in Monroe, Louisiana welcomed a new arrival in the form of an F-86L Sabre.

The aircraft (S/N 53-01061) is said to have been acquired from a base in Crystal Springs, Mississippi by a local doctor many years back. He transported it to a VFW post along I-55 near Hazlehurst, Mississippi, where it has been on outdoor display since 1968. The post closed about a decade ago and the aircraft has since suffered from vandalism and continued exposure to the elements.

The museum reportedly went through a lengthy approval process in order to receive the Sabre and also launched coordination and fundraising efforts to relocate it. The machine will now be restored on museum grounds and displayed “on certified loan from the National Museum of the United States Air Force.”

The restoration will be performed by volunteers and is expected to take roughly a year and a half.

Click below to check out local news coverage and photos of its arrival.

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Jack Bally’1/3 scale, manned B-17G reproduction will reportedly attend the AirVenture 2018 fly-in this summer.

The Illinois-based machine was built over a 17 year period 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 empty – a far cry from the full-scale machine’s 36,134 lb weight. It received its airworthiness certification in October 2016 and performed its maiden flight on November 14th of that year.

The aircraft, also known as “Obsession,” is expected to be on display throughout the week, during which time it will reportedly be alternated between between Boeing Plaza and the Replica Fighters Association. Exact details will be announced as the event draws closer.

AirVenture 2018 is scheduled to take place at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 23-29.

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Airfix has announced the marking options for their upcoming new tool Vickers Wellington model kit in 1/72 scale.

The kit (A08019) will reportedly include decals representing Mk.1A N2980 “R” Robert of No 20 Operational Training Unit and Mk.1C L7818 of No 75 [New Zealand] Squadron. The latter machine is also featured on the kit’s box art and is depicted after it was attacked by a Messerschmitt Bf 110 during a bombing run over Germany on the night of July 7/8, 1941. The machine was severely damaged and a fire had erupted on the starboard wing, prompting Sergeant James Allen Ward to climb out of the bomber’s astrodome hatch and attempt to smother the flames with a canvas cockpit cover. The dangerous gamble paid off and he was able to stop the spread of the flames, allowing the aircraft to return home and earning Ward the Victoria Cross.

As previously reported, the Airfix team is designing the model with the aid of original engineering drawings and other rare Wellington information to provide historical accuracy and “impressive levels of detail.” It is currently slated for release in June 2018.

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Yesterday, the newly restored B-17F “Memphis Belle” was unveiled in a private ceremony at the USAF Museum in Dayton.

Today’s exhibit opening occurs on the 75th anniversary of the machine’s 25th and final mission, after which it returned to the US and toured the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. Described as “a national aviation treasure and widely recognized symbol of American bravery and heroism during WWII,” the new permanent, public display in the collection’s WW2 gallery reportedly includes interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

The opening also saw the arrival of B-17s, P-51s and a trainer which will be on public display until 3:30 today, with a shuttle bus service bringing visitors to the display area. The aircraft are expected to depart around 5pm (UPDATE: The aircraft departed around 2:45 due to weather concerns).

Click below to check out videos of the Memphis Belle’s unveiling as well as an overview of its restoration, warbird arrivals, and an interview with Robert K. Morgan, son of the Belle’s primary pilot during WW2.

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North American SNJ-4 N7692Z (S/N 889831) has hit the market.

The aircraft was formerly operated by the South African Air Force and is said to have had one U.S. owner for 20 years. The airframe has reportedly amassed 7242 hours since new, while the engine has acquired 479 hours SMOH by Tulsa Aircraft in 2003.

The machine is said to be equipped with an avionics package as well as original SAAF logs, two Strong parachutes and much more. The elevators were reportedly recovered in 2009 and the aileron and rudder fabric is said to be in excellent condition.

The aircraft is located in Iowa City, IA and is currently being offered for $189,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: By Armchair Aviator’s via Wikimedia Commons)

Earlier today, three B-17s and five P-51s flew over the USAF Museum in Dayton as festivities get underway for the unveiling of the historic B-17F “Memphis Belle” on Thursday.

The aircraft, which included B-17Gs “Yankee Lady” and “Aluminum Overcast” and B-17G/F “Movie Memphis Belle,” were prevented from landing at the museum due to weather conditions and instead performed as mass flyover which can be seen in the videos below.

As previously reported, the main focus of the three-day celebratory event (May 17-19, 2018) will be the debut of the newly restored Memphis Belle in the museum’s WW2 gallery. In addition, more than 160 WW2 reenactors are expected as well as historic vehicles, memorabilia and artifact displays, music from the era, guest speakers, book signings and films. [click to continue…]