PromoIn the near future, Aerodynamic Media, LLC will release The Flying Machine, a new journal focused exclusively on pre-1920 aviation. The full-color publication will be offered in digital and print on demand formats and will feature articles from preeminent aviation authors, historians and builders. In addition to historical topics, The Flying Machine will examine current early aircraft projects around the world and work in concert with this website to cover all aspects of early aviation, from flight simulation and models to full-scale replicas and restorations.

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A full-scale Fokker D.VII replica project is now available for sale in New York. Included in the group offering is a welded steel tube fuselage, beautiful complete landing gear and a complete Ranger engine. Asking price is $5,500. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Brian Coughlin by email or phone: (315) 436-2217.

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Earlier today, Avspecs Ltd’s latest de Havilland Mosquito project, ZK-FHC, took to the skies for its first post-restoration flight.

The flight was performed by David Phillips and Keith Skillings from Avspecs’ base at Ardmore, New Zealand. The Mosquito reportedly flew for a half hour along with a Spitfire which acted as a chase/camera plane.

As previously reported, the aircraft is a TIII trainer restored for the Flying Heritage Collection based at Paine Field, Washington State and is painted in the colors of NZ2337/TE757, a Standard Motors-built Mossie that was destroyed in a hangar fire at Ohakea in 1950.

The aircraft is expected to be dismantled and shipped to the United States shortly.

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The RAF Museum in Cosford has reported great strides in its effort to restore a rare WW2 Handley Page Hampden bomber that has been a “slow labor of love” over the past quarter century.

The aircraft, P1344, is one of only three remaining examples of the type, and was recovered from a crash site in Russia in 1991 before being acquired by the museum a year later. The badly damaged airframe has since become one of the museum’s longest running conservation projects, requiring a predominantly new build tailplane assembly and scratch-built framework for the forward fuselage.

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Modeler Tom Grigat has once again combined his building and filmmaking abilities to create an entertaining stop motion video of a model kit coming together.

In this case, the subject is Airfix’s 1/72 F-86F Sabre, which is chronicled from the box to the display case in a mere 2 minutes – complete with paint and decal application.

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P-51D Mustang N51HR/44-63542 “Sizzlin’ Liz” is now available for sale.

The aircraft is reportedly equipped with a Packard Merlin V-1650-7 engine, Hamilton Standard 24-D50 propeller with 6547A cuffed blades, and a King nav/comm and transponder, among other features. The machine also has the distinction of being a “continuous history original Mustang” with documented 15th Air Force service.

“Sizzlin’ Liz” is being offered for US$1,649,000 and is one of two Carson City, Nevada-based Mustangs currently being offered by Platinum Fighter Sales. The second, S/N 44-75009 “Rosalie” is available for US$1,895,000. Click here for additional information.

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Spectators watching a massive, half-scale Saab Gripen RC model perform at a recent event got an unexpected shock when the 26-foot-long, 220lb model suffered a catastrophic failure and disintegrated in mid-air.

Additional details are scarce, but the video speaks for itself.

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On September 15th, a newly built Junkers F13 performed its maiden flight from Dübendorf airfield in Switzerland.

The F13, which debuted in 1919 as the world’s first all metal commercial aircraft, was recently revived by German luggage company Rimowa, who plans to put the aircraft back into production at a cost of over $2 million each.

As previously reported, Rimowa’s F13 is built as true to the original design as possible, although it does feature technological upgrades to its radial engine, landing gear and tail structure to conform to present-day safety regulations. The cabin will reflect 19th century style, complete with interior paneling, Alcantara leather roof lining, and leather-covered seating.

The story of the F13’s return has been chronicled in a new book, while the aircraft itself is currently available for pre-order. Certification and the first delivery is currently expected to take place in November.

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After spending nearly two decades working to compile lists of US automobiles, Michael Antonelli has turned his attention to early aircraft with his new book Aeroplanes: A Compilation of the World’s Original Aircraft Built Before 1920, which covers many of the achievements of the period by examining the actual, original aircraft that participated.

There are approximately 550 early aviation “survivors” throughout the world today. They are found in museums, in airport terminal displays, in private aerodromes, and in private hands. This book documents the who, what, and where of the aircraft that remain in existence today.

The 276-page book is currently available in paperback format and will no doubt be a valuable reference for enthusiasts, builders and modelers alike.

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A total of 12 historic aircraft from the recently closed Virginia Aviation Museum will be transferred to their original home at Shannon Airport in Fredericksburg, where they will go on display at the New Shannon Air Museum.

The collection was assembled and restored by Sidney L. Shannon Jr., who opened the Shannon Air Museum in 1976. After its closure in 1985, the machines moved to their most recent home at the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond.

Shannon’s vision has been reestablished as the New Shannon Air Museum, which is expected to open in the spring of 2017.

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At least 10,000 names have been added to a petition aimed at preventing the dredging of Goodwin Sands, where scores of RAF airmen now rest.

The Dover Harbour Board is reportedly planning to dredge the sandbank off Kent, England in order to acquire gravel for construction projects. Between May 29 and November 14, 1940, at least 60 British and German aircraft went down in the area, including Spitfires, Hawker Hurricanes, Messerschmitts, Junkers Ju 88s, and Dornier Do 17s – one of which was recovered for preservation in 2013.

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