The future of an F-86 Sabre perched on Blockhouse Island in Brockville, Ontario is in doubt following a failed effort to obtain funds for maintenance.

The aircraft (#23649) was acquired by #426 Wing of the RCAF Association in 1968 and mounted as a memorial to “all Allied airmen who lost their lives in the cause of freedom.” The aircraft is painted in the colors of the Golden Hawks demonstration team, which was formed by the RCAF in 1959 and operated until 1964.

The Sabre is currently in deteriorating condition and in 2016, a city report confirmed that the existing paint on the aircraft “contained unacceptable lead levels which would require additional measures during the pre-paint preparation stage to mitigate airborne lead dust.” [click to continue…]

In his upcoming book Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Design and Operational History, author Jan Forsgren is shining the spotlight development, production and service of one of the most famous aircraft of WW2.

Illustrated with high-quality photographs spanning over 80 years, the 272-page book offers technical descriptions, an overview of every production variant and details on the Bf 109’s service with every arm that operated the fighter, including post-war operations. Prototypes, unbuilt projects and survivors, static and airworthy examples are also included, as are rare and unrecorded opinions of Allied pilots on the pros and cons of the type.

Messerschmitt Bf 109: The Design and Operational History is currently available for pre-order with an expected release later this month.

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Crews working on a proposed gas pipeline in the Gulf of Finland have discovered an intact A-20 Havoc lying at a depth of 100 meters.

The wreck reportedly lies in the western part of the Gulf and will not affect the planning or construction of the pipeline, which will run from Russia to Germany. It was initially discovered during the process of photographing the seabed as part of an environmental impact assessment, which also turned up mines and bombs from WW1 and WW2, shipwrecks and “other archaeological treasures.”

The Douglas A-20 was introduced in 1941 and served as an attack aircraft, light bomber and night fighter. The machine was produced in numerous variants and saw action in every theater of WW2, operating with U.S., U.K. and Soviet forces.

The wreck has since been assessed by a marine archaeologist with findings submitted to the National Board of Antiquities.

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Model manufacturer Tamiya has released the first photos of its upcoming 1/32 F4U-D Corsair.

Touted as a “faithful reproduction” of the type, the new kit will reportedly offer two livery options for US Navy and Marine machines, as well as two crew figures, heavy armament options and the ability to display the model with folded or extended wings.

The kit is currently slated for release in July. Click below to check out additional photos.

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The Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire, England has reported that its magnificent Clerget-powered Sopwith Camel reproduction has taken to the air for the first time.

The aircraft was built from original drawings by Northern Aeroplane Workshops in Batley and was recently transported to Old Warden Aerodrome, where it was covered and assembled by the Shuttleworth team. The machine wears the colors of D1851, “Ikanopit”, a Ruston Proctor-built Camel that operated with 70 Squadron RAF in 1918.

The test, which was performed by pilot Dodge Bailey, apparently went very well, being described as a “good day for all.” Click below to check out videos of the first takeoff and landing.

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Aeronaut Books and author Jack Herris have completed their four volume series on Albatros aircraft of WW1 with a new release focused on the company’s significant fighter designs.

This book describes and illustrates the development of Albatros fighters of WWI with text, 316 photos, 125 color profiles, 22 color plan views, production quantities and serial numbers of aircraft, and aircraft dimensions and performance specifications. In addition, 10 aircraft are illustrated in 1/48 scale drawings.

The 224-page book joins the previous three installments which focused on bombers, seaplanes and J-Types as well as early and late two-seaters.

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The Military Aviation Museum (MAM) in Virginia Beach, Virginia has added a new Fokker Dr.1 to its collection, bringing its total number of triplanes to four.

The machine is a relatively new reproduction that was previously owned by José D. Zanaga Neto of Brazil. It was reportedly built from Redfern plans and is equipped with original gauges as well as an original Le Rhone rotary engine – a fact that makes this acquisition especially significant.

The aircraft performed its maiden flight in 2014 and wears the colors of 425/17, von Richthofen’s famous mount – however, it is very likely that the livery will change before it joins the flightline at MAM.

Click below to check out videos of its arrival, as well as its maiden flight in Brazil.

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Airfix has released new details on its upcoming new tool Supermarine Walrus model kit, including build images and marking options.

Three liveries will be featured, including P5658 AQ-M of 276 Squadron RAF, L2228 Spotter of Spartivento of 700 Naval Air Squadron/HMS Sheffield, X9515 FK-A of 5 CF (Fleet Co-operation Squadron) RAAF.

As previously reported, the new model is being offered in a larger scale in order to accommodate a high level of detail, and was designed using photos, measurements and drawings from surviving examples of the machine. It is currently slated for release in July.

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In coming months, University of New Orleans archaeologist D. Ryan Gray will lead a team of students to southern Austria to investigate the possible crash site of a P-51D Mustang that vanished over 70 years ago.

During a reconnaissance mission on December 23, 1944, Capt. Lawrence Dickson, a Tuskegee Airman serving with the 332nd Fighter Group, 100th Fighter Squadron, radioed his wingman, 2nd Lt. Robert Martin, to report that he had encountered problems and would need to bail out. Martin watched as the Mustang’s canopy opened, but he never saw a parachute.

Dickson has been MIA ever since, and Gray is now hoping to resolve the case and possibly bring a war hero home. [click to continue…]

In addition to a previously mentioned C-46 Commando, flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven has also announced the development of a P-47D Thunderbolt.

We expect that the add-on will be compatible with Microsoft Flight Simulator X (FSX), FSX Steam Edition and Prepar3D, although this remains to be seen. Additional details, including model features/liveries, pricing and release date have not yet been announced, although a number of renderings have been released. Click below to check them out.

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