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In his latest Kermie Cam series, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks visits Tehachapi, California to check on several engines he has at Vintage V-12s, one of the world’s leading vintage engine restoration companies. In the process, he was given a “grand tour” of the facility which included a look at Merlin and Allison engines currently under restoration for Mosquito, Mustang and P-40 projects.

The video will be presented in three parts, all of which will appear here as they become available. Click below to check it out.

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On the heels of his recently completed videos on the P-51D, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has announced that his “Kermie Cam” series will next focus on the Curtiss TP-40N.

In anticipation of the release, Weeks posted a new teaser video featuring a walk around and general information on the aircraft (S/N 44-47923), which is one of roughly 40 examples of the type built with dual controls. Before being acquired by Fantasy of Flight, the machine operated with the Tallmantz Collection and appeared in the films Death Chase and Tora! Tora! Tora!.

Click below to check out the new video. Part 1 is currently slated for release on Friday and will be posted here, along with additional parts in the series as they become available.

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For his latest series of “Kermie Cam” videos, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks is shining the spotlight on his beautiful P-51D Mustang (S/N 45-11507).

This first installment of the three-part series features a pre-flight walk around complete with technical and historical details – including information about the original “Cripes A’ Mighty 3rd” (S/N 44-13321) flown by Maj. George Preddy from July to August 1944.

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Kermit Weeks, the owner of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, recently had the opportunity to conduct a flight in a magnificent Albatros D.II reproduction built by Koloman Mayrhofer / Craftlab, and operated by the Vintage Aviator, Ltd. (TVAL) in New Zealand.

The experience was chronicled in two separate videos that can be seen by clicking the link below. Part 1 includes start up, taxi and takeoff, which is preceded by a walk-around and discussion of the aircraft’s design and construction with TVAL head Gene DeMarco. Part 2 features much of the flight itself, a perfect landing and a tour around the machine’s cockpit.

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Shortly after completing a video series detailing his trip to Vintage V-12s, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks is back with a new installment of “Kermie Cam” that sees him in Australia checking up on his CAC Boomerang project.

The aircraft (S/N A46-174) was originally built by Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation and delivered to the RAAF in January 1944, serving with 4 Squadron. In May of that year, the machine suffered a ground loop at Cape Gloucester Airfield in Papua New Guinea (pictured above) and was deemed too far gone to repair, resulting in its remains being abandoned at Nadzab.

In the 1970s, Charles Darby visited the site and discovered remnants of roughly 30 aircraft, including the center section of A46-174, which was salvaged. In the 1980s Kermit Weeks acquired the machine and placed it on display prior to beginning restoration. In 2015, the aircraft arrived at Matt Denning’s shop at Caboolture Airport, Queensland, where work is now underway.

Kermit’s visit to the site will be presented in four parts, all of which will appear here as they become available. Click below to check out the series as well as an additional photo of the aircraft following its accident.

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Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has published a new installment of his popular “Kermie Cam” series – however, instead of taking viewers aloft one of his historic aircraft, the latest video sees him visiting Chino, California to check on the progress of his Douglas A-26 project.

The aircraft is being restored by Carl Scholl and Tony Ritzman of Aero Trader in Chino, California and is said to be “getting many steps closer to flying again.” Recent work has reportedly focused on the hydraulic system which was, at the time of recording, nearly ready to perform a gear swing test.

The aircraft (S/N 41-39401) reportedly saw wartime service with the 9th Air Force and served with the Van Nuys Air National Guard before beginning civilian use as N3457G / “Whistler’s Mother.” Later acquired by Weeks, the A-26 was damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and trucked to Chino in 1997.

Click below to check out Kermit’s detailed look at the restoration progress.

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As part of his “Kermie Cam” series, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks filmed his first trip back to his Polk City, Florida museum after Hurricane Irma caused widespread devastation across the state this past week.

As the video reveals, the buildings did see some water intrusion, but the aircraft remained mostly untouched – a far cry from the heavy damage the collection saw following Hurricane Andrew in 1992.

Click below to check it out. Apart from surveying the damage, the video also serves as a brief tour, allowing viewers to catch some quick glimpses of current projects, including their Hawker Tempest and Sopwith Pup.

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For his latest series of “Kermie Cam” videos, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has been focusing on his Fieseler Storch.

The first two videos focused on the history and pre-flight inspection of the aircraft, while the latest video provides a pilot’s eye view of the Storch in flight.

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Kermit Weeks, owner of Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida, has begun a new series of “Kermie Cam” videos focusing on his Fieseler Storch.

The first and second installments follow Kermit as he explains the pre-flight inspection of the machine. He also offers a bit of history on the type, which was used as a liaison aircraft during WW2 – transporting Erwin Rommel during the North African campaign, rescuing Italian dictator Benito Mussolini during Operation Eiche, and transporting the bomb that was used in a 1944 attempt to assassinate Hitler.

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