A new trailer has been released for the upcoming documentary film Spitfire which focuses on “the people and the planes that helped win the Battle of Britain and ultimately, the Second World War.”

The film is being produced by the Elliptical Wing Film Company and is intended for theatrical release, with the goal of offering a larger scope, wider-ranging investigations and more involved storytelling than any previous release on the subject.

We won’t shy away from the engineering aspects of the aircraft’s design, nor neglect the history of the era. Through air-to-air filming, dramatic CGI and re-mastered archive film, we will bring to life the emotional, thoughtful and detailed recollections of the veterans who lived through those dramatic days.

Spitfire is currently slated for release in 2018. Click below to check out the new trailer.

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The Commemorative Air Force has announced plans to debut its newly acquired/repainted AT-6C Texan at the EAA AirVenture fly-in at Oshkosh this month.

The aircraft (S/N 42-4125) was constructed by North American ‘s Dallas plant and arrived at Avenger Field in Sweetwater, Texas on June 11, 1943, where it would go on to train a total of 561 Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP).

Following its acquisition by the CAF it was transported to the Delta TechOps paint shop in Atlanta where its wartime markings are now in the process of being reapplied.

While work is said to be ongoing, the aircraft is expected to arrive in time to participate in WomenVenture Day on Wednesday, July 26th.

Click below to check out photos of the machine being repainted.

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On Saturday, the Lone Star Flight Museum conducted its final day of business in its Galveston, Texas hangar and will now begin the process of relocating to a new $38 million, 138,000 sq ft facility at Houston’s Ellington Airport.

The museum’s farewell event included free exhibits and flight raffles which drew hundreds of families and enthusiasts. Museum President Larry Gregory described the day as “bittersweet” noting that he will “miss being a tour guide over Galveston.”

The decision to relocate was made after Hurricane Ike caused flooding and damage to the museum and its aircraft back in 2008. The effort is focused on protecting the collection and placing a focus on STEM education via a variety of new programs and technologies. [click to continue…]

Hallmark has introduced its 2017 line of keepsake ornaments, which includes this beautiful representation of the 1929 Travel Air Model R “Mystery Ship”.

The ornament, which is the 21st installment of Hallmark’s “Sky’s the Limit” series, represents R614K, the first example of the type which was constructed in secrecy ahead of the 1929 Cleveland Air Races. The aircraft would go on to win the 50-mile free-for-all speed contest with pilot Doug Davis at the controls, but was sadly destroyed by fire in 1931 before competing in the Thompson Trophy Race.

Hallmark’s Mystery Ship ornament measures 4.3″W x 1.3″H x 2.9″D, features a spinning prop and is pre-packaged for easy gift-giving, preservation and storage.

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This week, a search team will begin probing the depths of Lake Ontario in search of nine 1/8 scale models of the Avro Arrow that were reportedly strapped to rockets and launched over the lake while the project was in development in the mid-1950s.

The Arrow, a massive cold war interceptor developed by Avro Canada, showed immense promise when introduced in 1958, but the project was ultimately cancelled in a controversial move that was attributed to excessive costs. As a result, all completed airframes and engines, as well as associated tooling and components, were ordered destroyed.

It is believed that the three-metre long, sensor equipped scale models were shot over the lake from Point Petre in Prince Edward County. The expedition to locate and recover them has been in the planning stage for the past year and is a collaborative effort between several private companies with assistance from the Canadian Coast Guard and the Royal Canadian Military Institute. The effort will employ a state-of-the-art ThunderFish underwater vehicle and AquaPix sonar system to explore a search grid measuring about 64 square kilometres in waters ranging from 5 to 100 meters in depth. The technology will be used roughly eight hours per day, with gathered data being analyzed by a team of scientists and archeologists.

If found, the models will be given new homes at the Canada Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa and the National Air Force Museum of Canada in Trenton.

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The 2018 editions of Ghosts WW1 and WW2 aircraft calendars featuring the work of famed aviation photographer Philip Makanna are now available.

The latest installment of Ghosts: The Great War includes stunning air-to-air photos of WW1 aircraft such as the SPAD XIII, LVG C.VI, de Havilland DH.4, Fokker D.VIII and Sopwith Camel, while the 2018 edition of Ghosts: A Time Remembered boasts images of classic warbirds such as the F4U Corsair, P-51D Mustang, SBD Dauntless and Spitfire Mk IXc.

Like previous editions, the 2018 calendars feature unique chronological histories of aviation events during the two wars, aircraft specifications and silhouettes and large format 20″ x 14″ pages (opening to 20″ x 28″).

Click the link below to view product pages, deal codes and images appearing in next year’s calendars.

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On the one-year anniversary of its return to the air, Doc’s Friends have announced plans for the future home of B-29 Superfortress “Doc”, which recently began a touring schedule after undergoing nearly two decades of restoration.

The proposed $6.5 million B-29 Doc Hangar and Education Center will be based along the 1700 block of south Airport Road on the grounds of the Eisenhower National Airport in Wichita, Kansas. Offering a total of 32,000 sq ft (including 24,000 sq ft of hangar space), the new facility will not only serve as Doc’s permanent home, but also as “a working maintenance facility where the public can come and watch crews maintain Doc with hands-on learning experiences inspired by science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education.” [click to continue…]

On Sunday, Scotland’s Dumfries & Galloway Aviation Museum officially unveiled Spitfire Mk.IIa P7540 following 35 years of restoration.

On October 25, 1941 the aircraft, a Battle of Britain veteran then serving with 312 (Czech) Squadron, departed RAF Ayr on a training mission and proceeded to fly at low level over Loch Doon in Ayrshire. While attempting to bank, a wingtip touched the surface of the water causing the aircraft to crash and the pilot to be killed.

A search by the RAF in the days that followed failed to turn up the remains of the plane or the pilot and the effort was eventually called off. However, work began anew in 1977 when the museum teamed up with the Dumfries Sub-Aqua Club and other affiliated clubs to perform “countless hours of diving” in search of the lost Spitfire. After four years, the initiative paid off. [click to continue…]

An A-26 On Mark Marksman, a pressurized civilian version of the A-26 Invader, has hit the market.

Few details have been released about the machine, but it reportedly has a total time of 5,000 hrs on its airframe and is equipped with Pratt & Whitney R2800-CB17 engines with 350 hrs since overhaul. Additional features are said to include Hamilton Standard 43E60 reversible props, hydraulic steering, DC-6 wheels and brakes and “AII Approved Progressive Inspection”. Its ailerons and elevators are apparently in need of work.

The aircraft is currently being offered for $150,000 US. Click here to check out the complete listing.

This week, B-17G “Shady Lady” performed its first engine tests in 15 years in preparation for its upcoming move to a new home.

The aircraft (S/N 44-83785/N207EV) was delivered to the USAAF toward the end of WW2 and was used to transport cargo and passengers before entering civilian service. Between 1954 and 1959 it was used by the CIA to perform secret and highly dangerous missions over the Chinese mainland along with four other B-17s. After returning to the US, the machine was fitted with a Fulton Skyhook and demonstrated its capabilities by rescuing James Bond in the 1965 film Thunderball. In later years, it was converted to an air tanker and served as a firefighter until ultimately being restored to military configuration and displayed at Evergreen Aviation and Space Museum in McMinnville, Oregon.

“Shady Lady” was acquired by the Collings Foundation of Stow, Massachusetts in 2015. It is expected to begin test flights shortly and, if all goes well, will likely depart for its new home by the end of the month. Upon its arrival, the bomber will reportedly receive a detailed inspection and restoration before joining the Foundation’s popular “Wings of Freedom” tour. The tour’s current B-17, “Nine-O-Nine”, will undergo a major inspection at this point, likely receiving a new livery in the process.

Click below to check out videos of this week’s tests.

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