The future of Avro Vulcan XH558 appears to be more secure following an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign which raised £200,000 in a mere eight weeks.

As previously reported, The Vulcan to the Sky Trust recently placed XH558 into storage at Doncaster Sheffield Airport after their hangar lease expired. The inability to provide public tours contributed to a “funding crisis” that saw drastic cuts to the charity’s workforce.

As a result, the Trust launched a crowdfunding campaign aimed at constructing a purpose-built hangar and visitor center for the Vulcan at Doncaster. According to Trust representative Robert Pleming, the appeal reached its goal last week and has since pushed even higher. [click to continue…]

Airfix has announced a number of exciting new model kit releases for 2017, including a new tool Hawker Sea Hurricane Mk.IB in 1/48 scale.

The company has published new computer renderings of the aircraft that will offer an idea of what builders can expect when the kit is released this summer. They have also provided details on the two liveries that will be included: P2731/S7F of 804 Naval Air Squadron and AF955/7-E, flown by Lieutenant Richard John (Dickie) Cork of 880 Naval Air Squadron.

Click below to check out additional renderings as well as the marking profiles and box art.

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The newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” will make four national tour stops through the first half of 2017 according to a tour schedule announced earlier today.

Doc’s Friends, Inc. will be bringing the aircraft to Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri and Wisconsin as part of their effort to “honor those who built, maintained and flew B-29s to protect America’s freedom at home and abroad” and “educate current and future generations on the contributions made by the Greatest Generation during wartime.”

The group is also in negotiations to participate in four additional events that could bring Doc to Oklahoma, Colorado and Texas later in the year.

Click below to check out the current 2017 tour dates.

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Copper State Models has released new test build images of their long coming and highly anticipated 1/48 Armstrong Whitworth F.K.8 model kit.

The late production variant seen here is slated for release “in several weeks” and will include a number of photo etched detail parts, including optional PE nose panels which will better represent the exposed engine cylinders commonly seen on the type (a resin nose will reportedly be released as well).

A separate kit representing the mid-production F.K.8 is also in development, although a final release date has not yet been announced. Click below to check out additional photos.

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Restoration of Erickson Aircraft Collection’s Messerschmitt Me 109/Hispano Buchon is nearly complete and engine tests are now underway in preparation for its return to the air.

The aircraft’s fuselage was originally built under license by Hispano Aviation and equipped with a Rolls Royce Merlin engine. It was used in the 1969 film The Battle of Britain before finding its way to Erickson’s facility in Madras, Oregon.

Pacific Fighters performed the restoration of the machine, bringing it as close as possible to an Me 109 configuration. Work included equipping it with new exhaust stacks, an original cowling and an Allison engine as a substitute for the original Daimler-Benz. It is expected to take flight sometime this year.

Click below to check out a video of the recent engine test.

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HpH Models has released the first photos of their upcoming 1/32 Aviatik Berg D.1 model kit showing the prototype’s highly detailed fuselage.

The aircraft, designed by Julius von Berg, was the first Austrian-designed fighter to be built, performing its first flight in 1916. The type entered service with the Austro-Hungarian Air Service in 1917 and operated on the Eastern, Italian and Balkan fronts until the end of WW1.

The kit will reportedly offer full resin parts with a 3D printed engine and markings for 138.120, a D.1 that operated with Flik 63J in 1918. Pricing and a final release date have not yet been announced.

Click below to check out the newly released images.

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The Wings of the North museum in Eden Prairie, Minnesota will be displaying a Spirit of St. Louis Replica from the 1957 Jimmy Stewart film The Spirit of St. Louis.

Four examples of the type built built by Warner Brothers Studios for the production, which told the story of Charles Lindbergh’s trailblazing solo flight across the Atlantic Ocean in 1927. Among them was this static model that was used for ground shots.

The replica eventually found its way to Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport, where it was suspended in the terminal, however, it was “mothballed” when the structure was remodeled. An agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission brought the machine to Wings of the North on Tuesday, where it is currently in the process of being assembled and “spruced up”.

A final date for display has not yet been announced. Click below to check out photos of its arrival.

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Six WW1 aircraft replicas have been loaded aboard an RCAF C-17 Globemaster at Comox, British Columbia in preparation for a journey to France, where they are slated to participate a ceremony marking the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge.

The volunteer pilots and builders of VIMY Flight, part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program, will perform a flypast of the Vimy Ridge Memorial on April 9th using a mix of four reduced-scale Nieuports and two full-scale Sopwith Pups.

The Canadian Museum of Flight built the two Pups especially for the occasion, utilizing kits offered by Airdrome Aeroplanes of Holden, Missouri. Upon their return, the aircraft will reportedly conduct an educational tour across Canada before becoming part of a permanent exhibit at the museum. [click to continue…]

Owls Head Transportation Museum in Maine has begun work on their Fokker Dr.1 reproduction with the hope of returning it to airworthy condition and using it as the centerpiece of a new exhibit.

So far, the engine and all three wing panels have been removed in preparation for the project, which will include structural repairs, new fabric and an engine overhaul.

As previously reported, aircraft was built in the 1970s by Kenneth Cianchette and performed at museum events until 2014, when it was discovered that considerable repairs were needed. The museum is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign to cover associated costs and is offering a number of rewards for contributors ranging from hats and t-shirts to fabric sections of the aircraft.

Click below to check out videos of the work done so far.

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E-Flite’s new ultra-micro BNF Basic RC model of the legendary F4F Wildcat is now available.

The model, which spans 20.3 inches, reportedly offers the speed and climb performance of a brushless motor as well as AS3X technology to smooth out the effects of wind and turbulence. A number of scale details are also included, such as a three blade prop, clear canopy with pilot figure, cowl flaps, molded panel lines and removable landing gear that is said to recreate “the intricate design of the full-scale gear with incredible detail.”

The markings represent the Wildcat flown by Edward “Butch” O’Hare, the U.S. Navy’s first fighter ace and a recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor.

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