Flight simulation developer Flight Replicas, which creates “high quality simulator aircraft for Microsoft Flight Simulator FSX and Lockheed-Martin’s P3D” has released new screenshots of their upcoming Handley Page Halifax Mk.III.

The new images reportedly detail the progress “as things move towards other variants including the more-or-less permanently (seat could still be folded away) two pilot versions such as the unarmed and pannier-equipped Mk.VIII and C VIII.” The machine’s virtual cockpit will reportedly feature adjustable relevant cockpit lights for day and night operations, an opening sliding window and upper hatch for the pilot and a folding Flight Engineer’s seat.

A representation of the HP.70 Halton civilian variant modified exclusively for BOAC is yet to come. Additional details, including pricing and release date have not yet been announced.

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The airframe of Folland Gnat T.Mk1 FL.514/XM709 has hit the market.

The machine is said to be a pre-production aircraft that first flew in 1962 and went on to become the first T.Mk1 to enter service with the RAF. The machine is reportedly equipped with its wing, both seats and most instruments, although it lacks an engine. It is said to be in “decent shape” and ideal for a post guard or ad platform.

The aircraft, which is sold as parts and lacks a title, is currently located in West Palm Beach, Florida and is offered for $14,900. Click here to check out the complete listing.

A second T.Mk1 airframe described as an ex-Red Arrows machine in similar condition is also availble for $5,900. Click here to learn more.

Flight Simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven is in the process of creating a new, high definition Bristol Bulldog Mk2A which will reportedly boast “a huge amount of authentic features.”

The representation of the golden age RAF fighter, which trained many pilots who served in the Battle of Britain, is the result of careful research with “much attention to detail.” It is reportedly being created using the latest tech and techniques to be “the definitive tribute to this iconic and important aeroplane.”

Details such as pricing, release date and supported flight sim platforms have not yet been announced, however, a number of in-development images have been released, additional examples of which can be seen below.

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A temporary home is being sought for a newly restored Harrier with a historic past.

The aircraft (XV741) won the transatlantic race from London to New York in 1969, an event held by the Daily Mail to commemorate the original 1919 flight by Alcock and Brown. Departing from a coalfield near St. Pancras, RAF test pilot Tom Lecky-Thompson flew the machine to the Empire State Building in 6 hrs 11 mins and 57 seconds.

XV741 was recently restored by Jet Art Aviation, Ltd. in a process that included the removal of 17 layers of paint. The aircraft is reportedly being kept in a hangar just south of York, and while it does have an eventual home, the owner would like the jet to be placed on public display “in a suitable museum environment so the aircraft and restoration work can be enjoyed by the public, especially for the 50th anniversary of the race next year.”

A loan period of up to 3 years would be considered.

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After the release of an initial series of tooling photos last week, Merit International, LLC has provided a new series of images showing details of Hong Kong Models’ upcoming 1/32 Avro Lancaster model kit.

The new images reportedly show the model at the Shizuoka Hobby Show and reveal detail of the fuselage interior and nose turret. Although the company states that it’s “getting closer,” further refinements are still on the way.

When complete, the model will reportedly represent the Mk 1 and include markings for R5868 “S-Sugar” of 467 Squadron RAAF, which became the first bomber to complete 100 missions.

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F4U-5N Corsair F-AZEG has performed its first post-restoration flight following nearly 10 years of work.

As previously reported, the aircraft (B/N 124724) was originally constructed in 1951 and delivered to the US Navy in September of that year. In 1952, it was assigned to VC-3 and went on to operate from USS Valley Forge and USS Boxer before returning to the US in 1953.

In 1956 the Corsair was delivered to Honduras and saw action in the “Soccer War” with El Salvador, operating with Fuerza Area Hondurena as FAH 600. After retirement from active service, the aircraft passed through the hands of a number of owners before being acquired by Jean Salis’ Les Casques de Cuir collection based in La Ferté-Alais, France in 1986.

The machine’s return to the air caps off a restoration process that began in 2008. Click below to check out video of the historic occasion.

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Brickmania’s latest releases harken back to the dawn of aerial warfare with two of WW1’s most important early fighters: The Nieuport 11 and Fokker E.III.

The Nieuport kit consists of 247 LEGO and BrickArms elements, including a custom-printed French pilot minifigure, a spinning propeller and a BrickArms Lewis Gun. A high-quality sticker sheet is also included. The Fokker E.III kit features 257 LEGO and BrickArms elements, a custom-printed pilot minifigure, moving propeller and stabilator, “authentic” warping cables, a BrickArms Maxim machine gun and a high-quality sticker sheet.

The new, limited edition kits are available individually or as a bundle. Click below to learn more.

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The Royal Navy has reportedly withdrawn funding from Historic Flight, a unit which was “established in 1972 as a living memorial to all those who have served in the Royal Naval Air Service and Fleet Air Arm since the birth of naval aviation in 1909.”

The Yeovilton, Somerset-based collection includes Swordfish Mk.I W5856, Swordfish Mk.II LS326, Swordfish Mk.III NF389, Sea Fury FB.11 VR930 and Sea Hawk FGA.6 WV908. The machines attend air displays throughout the United Kingdom while providing “something of a ‘shop window’ on the Fleet Air Arm.”

The operation of Historic Flight will now be handled by Navy Wings, “the recognized Royal Naval Charity” which “raises money to keep important historic Naval Aircraft in the skies.” A plan is currently underway to transfer the Historic Flight aircraft to the civil register and into Navy Wings ownership. [click to continue…]

Yesterday, Spitfire XVI SL721 completed its first flight since arriving in Belgium earlier this year.

As previously reported, SL721 was built in August 1945 and delivered to the RAF, where it became the personal aircraft of Air Chief Marshall Sir James Milne Robb, a WW1 pilot who served as Commander-In-Chief – Air Forces Europe following WW2. The Packard Merlin 266/R55-powered machine was sold in 1967 and transported to the US, where it would stay until 2002, when it was acquired by Vintage Wings of Canada. After being sold to an enthusiast in Belgium earlier this year, the machine was shipped and reassembled in the FAST Aero workshop in Brasschaat.

The successful flight reportedly consisted of five circuits of the airfield and a smooth landing. In the process, SL721 (OO-XVI) made history, becoming the first Belgian registered Spitfire to fly in over half a century, and the first ever to depart from Brasschaat airfield.

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A full-scale Fokker Eindecker ultralight has hit the market.

The machine reportedly features a chromoly steel / aluminum tube airframe, a Rotax engine and a recovery chute. The fabric is said to be in “good shape,” however it does have some small holes in need of repair. The machine’s fuel lines are also in need of replacement.

The aircraft is located in Janesville, Wisconsin and is being offered for $10,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.