The Montrose Air Station Centre in Angus, Scotland has announced the arrival of an extremely rare Miles M.2H Hawk Major which will help tell the story of RAF Montrose during the Second World War.

The 1930s trainer was designed by F.G.Miles, described as “one of the most prolific aircraft designers in Britain” and would serve as the basis for the Miles Magister and Miles Master elementary and advanced trainers, both of which saw extensive service at the base.

The newly acquired machine (DG590) is reportedly one of only two remaining examples of the type left over from WW2 and was used by the Portsmouth and Reading Aero Clubs as well as the RAF for wartime service. It eventually found its way to the RAF Museum in the 1960s and was declared surplus last year. Despite stiff competition, the Montrose Air Station Centre managed to win their bid to acquire the aircraft and it arrived at its new home yesterday.

Click below to check out photos of its arrival and assembly.

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The latest arrival at the Luftfahrttechnische (LTM) Museum in Rechlin, Germany is a MiG-21 cutaway display, which arrived earlier today on a flatbed truck.

Like several other aircraft in the collection, the MiG was offered on loan by the Militärhistorisches Museum in Berlin (where it is seen on display in the photo above). LTM is especially excited about this aircraft, as its cutaway appearance provides visitors with insights into the structures and systems employed in a combat aircraft.

The MiG will reportedly be placed in LTM’s new exhibition hall after flooring is installed, and thanks to a custom chassis that allows the fuselage to stand alone without its wings attached, the machine can simply be pushed into the area and assembled when the time comes.

The new hall is currently scheduled to open on August 19th. Click below to check out photos of the MiG’s arrival.

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In addition to their recently announced Wolseley Viper-powered S.E.5a model kit, Eduard will also be releasing a new tool 1/48 kit of the Hispano-Suiza-powered variant in both ProfiPACK and Royal Class editions.

The Hisso kit reveals some of the distinct features associated with the type, including a one-piece, half-round radiator, four-bladed propeller and a representation of the early steel landing gear, which was eventually redesigned and reinforced following a series of landing gear failures.

ProfiPACK are typically basic, high standard plastic kit editions containing a complete plastic model kit with photoetched sets, parts for type variants, Eduard masks and decals with four to six markings options. Royal Class kits are described as “top quality” with two complete kits, 10+ marking options with stencils, a very extensive assortment of PE and masks, an extra large instruction booklet and special bonuses. [click to continue…]

The Glenview Hangar One Foundation and Bring It Home, Glenview! are hoping to bring a new Naval Air Station Museum and Flight Academy to Glenview, Illinois.

It is hoped that the new museum will “commemorate the historical contribution and mission of the men and women who served at NAS Glenview”, which is described as “the only location in history where 15,000 pilots qualified aboard two freshwater aircraft carriers, changing the course of WWII.”

The proposed museum would replace the current, 900 sqft. Naval Air Station Glenview Museum on the former base property and provide enough space to display an FM-2 Wildcat that was recently salvaged from Lake Michigan and is currently under restoration at the Kalamazoo Air Zoo in Portage. [click to continue…]

A Canadian-built PBY-5A Canso used to hunt enemy submarines during WW2 is preparing to take flight once again following a nine-year restoration.

The aircraft operated as RCAF11094 during WW2, performing its first flight in 1943. After the war, it was repurposed for use as a water bomber and served in this capacity until 2001, when it began taking on water while loading in Sitidgi Lake near Inuvik in Canada’s Northwest Territories.

The Canso (C-FNJE) sank in 100 feet of water, but was later floated and pulled to the shore, where it was stripped and abandoned. The PBY sat for seven years until a group of six farmers/aircraft enthusiasts caught wind of the wreck and launched a rescue operation, ultimately transporting the PBY more than 3,000 km to Fairview by barge and trailer. [click to continue…]

A Hawker Hurricane Mk 1 that was downed in combat during the evacuation of Dunkirk, France in WW2 is about to take to the air for the first time in over 75 years following a painstaking restoration.

The aircraft (P2902/G-ROBT) was built by Gloster Aircraft and served with 245 Squadron performing shipping protection patrols. In May 1940, Pilot Officer Kenneth McGlashan crash landed the machine on a beach at Dunkirk following an engagement with two Messerschmitt 109s. McGlashan survived, and attempted to set fire to the aircraft to prevent it from falling into enemy hands. [click to continue…]

The soon-to-open Aerospace Bristol museum in Filton is working to bring one of the last remaining Bristol Type 170 Freighters back to the UK from its current home at Ardmore airfield near Auckland, New Zealand.

Designed and built by Bristol in 1944, the type served as a both a freighter and as a passenger airliner – and although 214 were built, only 11 remain, and none of them are in Europe.

The museum hopes to return the machine to its country of origin and restore it for public display. To help fund this goal, the museum is accepting donations on their website.

Click below to check out a video of the Type 170 in its current condition.

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Following the devastation caused by Hurricane Ike in 2008, the Lone Star Flight Museum began a transition from their flooded hangar in Galveston, Texas to a brand new facility at Houston’s Ellington Airport.

When it finally opens on Labor Day, this new, “significant aviation STEM and history museum” will house Lone Star’s collection of mostly airworthy warbirds (including a B-17, B-25, P-47, Hellcat and Corsair) and provide visitors with “an experience that will take them through the history of Texas aviation.”

As previously reported, the $38 million, 138,000 sq.ft. facility will boast a large maintenance area viewable to the public via a second floor walkway, as well as flight line access, meeting rooms, a 250 seat auditorium and an aviation learning center tailored to students in grades 5-12.

The current museum in Galveston will reportedly close in July. Click below to check out a sneak peek of the new museum from local news station KPRC.

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The last Concorde to ever take flight has arrived at its new home in Filton, where it will become the centerpiece of the new Aerospace Bristol museum when it opens this summer.

British Airways’ Concorde 216, also known as “Alpha Foxtrot”, performed its final flight on November 26, 2003, capping off over two decades of service and marking the final flight of the legendary supersonic passenger jet. Since then, it has been based outdoors along the runway at Filton, where it was maintained by Airbus UK.

On Tuesday, the aircraft was towed across the runway to a new purpose-built hangar at the £19 million museum, where it will be preserved so future generations can be “inspired by her sleek, innovative design and supersonic statistics.”

Click below to check out a video of the Concorde being transported to its new home.

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Earlier today, the world’s only fully restored Watkins Skylark SL was dedicated at the Kansas Aviation Museum in Wichita.

The LeBlond-powered machine was originally built in 1931 at the nearby Watkins Aircraft Company, but crashed in 1933. In later years, remaining components of the aircraft, including the vertical fin and wings, were discovered on a farm in southeast Kansas and presented to the Kansas Aviation Museum.

With all of the principal components on hand, the museum began a complete restoration, creating a set of blueprints from existing photographs. Now, 10 years later, the Skylark has been returned to its former glory.

According to Kansas Aviation Museum Executive Director Dana Steffee, viewing the aircraft today is “like stepping back in time, because this would be exactly what that plane looked like then,” adding that visitors are “not going to see that anyplace else.”

Click below to check out photos of the museum’s aircraft.

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