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Airfix has released their new tool model kit of the Hawker Sea Fury FB.II in 1/48 scale.
As previously reported, the new kit (A06105) is said to allow builders to select from a variety of options, including flying and static configurations, folded or extended wings and equipment ranging from bombs and 3-inch rocket projectiles to 90 gallon drop tanks and an underwing camera pod. A Jet Assisted Take Off (JATO) pack will also be included to represent the aid given to heavily armed Sea Furys as they attempted to take off from the relatively short decks of British Aircraft carriers.
Marking options represent WJ236 of No.801 NAS and VR930, currently operated by Royal Navy Historic Flight of Yeovilton.
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The B-25 Recovery Group believes it has narrowed down the possible location of Pittsburgh’s famous “ghost bomber” and are reportedly considering another search.
The aircraft, TB-25N S/N 44-29125 (similar to the type seen above), was on a training flight from Nevada to Harrisburg when it ran out of fuel and ditched in Monongahela River near Homestead, Pennsylvania on January 31, 1956. While four crew members managed to make it to shore, two tragically perished in the freezing waters.
Subsequent searches for the aircraft were fruitless, and its whereabouts have become one of the area’s most enduring mysteries. Since 1995, the B-25 Recovery Group has been conducting research and mapping the riverbed with sonar in search of the missing bomber. Their investigation suggests that the machine came to rest in a submerged gravel pit and was eventually buried by silt. The team is focusing on a 50 x 200′ location off the Glenwood Bridge and may return this October to conduct another search.
After obtaining permits, the group hopes to drill in a grid-like pattern every 7.5′ – a method that they believe will locate the aircraft no matter what condition it may be in.
(via TribLIVE Additional Information via B-25 Recovery Group)
Wingnut Wings’ upcoming mystery model has debuted at the Nuremberg International Toy Fair and will represent the Junkers D.1 in 1/32 scale.
The D.1 was introduced late in WW1 and became the first all-metal fighter to enter service. Little is known about the upcoming kit at the moment, but several photos of the display have been captured and can be seen below.
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Today, the C-47 that led the paratroop drop during the D-Day invasion returns to the air for its first post-restoration flight in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
The aircraft (S/N 42-92847), which was given the name “That’s All, Brother” in order to send a personal message to Hitler, was discovered by a researcher in 2015 as it was waiting to be converted into a modern BT-67 turboprop. After its historic significance was uncovered, the Texas-based Commemorative Air Force (CAF) stepped in to negotiate for acquisition of this extremely important part of world history.
The restoration has sought to return the historic machine to airworthy condition in its exact D-Day configuration. Once flight tests are complete, it will be assigned to the CAF Central Texas Wing in San Marcos, where volunteers will be responsible for its care and maintenance. Work will also be carried out to finish the interior and detail work and restore the machine’s exterior to its 1944 appearance. Over coming years, the CAF plans to offer aircraft tours, attend aviation events and conduct educational programs before flying “That’s All, Brother” back to Normandy to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the D-Day invasion in 2019.
Click below to check out video of the first flight.
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Following an emergency landing and three-month grounding, the Historical Aircraft Restoration Society’s (HARS) PBY-6A Catalina (A24-362/VH-PBZ) is nearly ready to return to the air.
The machine was en route to the Rathmines Catalina Festival back in October when it developed engine trouble and landed at Maitland Airport in New South Wales, where it has remained ever since. Major progress toward a return to flight was made earlier this week when a rebuilt Pratt & Whitney R1830 engine was delivered to the site from the machine’s home base at Ablion Park.
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Lockheed T-33A 51-17463/N533CB is available for sale.
The airframe has reportedly amassed a total time of 4,906 hrs since new, while the Allison J-33A engine has 340 Hrs SMOH by Aero Turbine and 0 hrs since IRAN by Aero Turbine (the engine is currently ready for reinstallation).
The machine last flew in 2011 and is equipped with a nose compartment baggage modification, three battery self-start system and avionics package. The logbooks are missing, although the seller can reportedly recreate to enable a return to service.
The T-33 is currently based in Tennessee and is being offered for $49,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Lukgraph Resin Kit is reportedly following up their new Hansa Brandenburg Type NW model kit with a 1/32 Nieuport 29.
Designed and built by Nieuport-Delage for the French Air Force, the Hispano-Suiza -powered Nieuport 29 performed its maiden flight in 1918 but wasn’t ordered into production until 1920. It was the fastest service fighter in the world at the time and went on to serve around the world. It was also used for racing and set eight world speed records while also winning the 1920 Gordon Bennett Trophy and the 1922 Coupe Deutsch de la Meurthe competition.
Details on the upcoming kit are currently scarce, although the set will reportedly contain “a large selection of scheme paintings, including the Italian known as Macchi/Caproni Ni. 29.” Liveries for three Italian machines have been released (see below) and more will follow representing machines serving in France, Spain, Sweden, Japan, Belgium, Argentina and Siam.
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Yesterday, The Vintage Aviator, Ltd. (TVAL) debuted new Albatros D.Va and Sopwith Pup reproductions at Hood Aerodrome in Masterton, New Zealand.
The Albatros (seen above) is painted in the colors of a Jasta 11 machine flown by Ltn. Carl-August von Schoenebeck and bears the unit’s signature red on the nose, struts and undercarriage, while the pilot’s personal color, lilac, is applied to the tail surfaces. The new Le Rhone-powered Sopwith Pup wears the colors of N6185 “ANZAC” of 4(N) Squadron, RNAS, flown by FSLt C.J.Moir.
It is not yet known when the machines will make their public debut, as TVAL is not hosting any public flying weekends for the 2017/18 season.
Click below to check out a photo of the new Pup.
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Durafly has released a new 1100mm (43.3”) Bf 109E-4 plug and fly RC model that is touted as “without doubt the best scale RC Bf-109e ever made.”
The model reportedly features scale electronic retracting landing gear, scale flaps and a powerful AeroStar 3736-770KV brushless outrunner motor with AeroStar 50A ESC spinning a three-bladed scale propeller. It is said to offer superb handling on the ground and in the air, as well as a wide flight envelope and stable and scale flight performance.
The airframe reportedly boasts high scale fidelity and detail, employing water-based, durable and authentically color matched paint, vinyl material decals with multiple scheme options and extensive use of glass and carbon fibers for low weight/high strength. Additional features include operating pre-installed navigation LED lighting and a fully functional bomb drop system complete with scale bomb.
Click below to check out a product overview.
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