The Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan is in the process of welcoming its latest acquisition in the form of an EC-121K Warning Star.

The aircraft, a military variant of the Lockheed L-1049 Super Constellation (S/N 4435 B/N 141311), was originally commissioned in August 1956 as a “WV-2” and delivered to VW 13 at Patuxent River Naval Air Station, where it flew the Atlantic DEW (Distant Early Warning) Line until 1965. The machine was then transferred to Pt. Mugu, California, where it flew missile tracking flights until its retirement in 1979. In 1983 it was flown into Chanute Air Force Base in Rantoul, Illinois and was displayed at the Chanute Air Museum until its closure in 2015.

The Yankee Air Museum describes the Warning Star as “completely unique” due to its preserved spyware and instruments as well as its status as a historic forerunner to the Sentry AWACS. The museum committed to recovering the aircraft after being contacted by the U.S. Navy and, with the help of donors, it is now in the process of being relocated by Worldwide Aircraft Recovery of Bellevue, Nebraska.

The EC-121’s tail section arrived at Yankee on Tuesday, and the fuselage began its journey earlier today. Click below to check out additional photos.

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The National Museum of The U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio has released a new video chronicling recent progress on the restoration of the iconic B-17F “Memphis Belle”.

As previously reported, the machine is now in its final stages of restoration and is scheduled to make its public debut in the museum’s WW2 gallery on May 17, 2018, where it will reportedly be surrounded by interactive displays, rare archival film footage and many personal artifacts which have never before been on display at the museum.

The Memphis Belle (S/N 41-24485) became the first the first U.S. Army Air Forces heavy bomber to complete 25 missions and return to the U.S., where it flew across the country to promote war bonds and boost morale. Further attention was directed toward the aircraft when it became the focus of a 1944 William Wyler documentary and later a 1990 feature film.

Click below to check out the new video.

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Human remains have reportedly been located near the wreckage of B-24 Liberator “Tulsamerican”, which lies in the Adriatic Sea near the Croatian island of Vis.

The aircraft (S/N 42-51430) was the last B-24 built in Tulsa, Oklahoma toward the end of WW2 and was lost during a bombing mission on December 17, 1944 with three of her crew. Seven additional crew members survived.

The wreckage was found in 2010 beneath 130 feet of water, ending a 17 year search. In following years, an effort has been underway to recover and return parts of the machine for display at the Tulsa Air and Space Museum.

Divers came across the remains last week and the discovery was soon confirmed by Zadar University archaeologist Mate Parica, stating, “The remains of human bones have been found, but we can’t say anything without further analysis.”

The U.S. is still searching for 200 Americans who perished in Croatia during WW2.

Click below to view footage of the Tulsamerican wreck site.

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Navy Wings is appealing for a “white knight” sponsor to step forward and help de Havilland Sea Vixen G-CVIX/XP924 return to the air following an undercarriage failure that resulted in a belly landing on May 27.

Damage to the machine’s airframe has turned out to be more serious than expected, including “cracks on both tail booms, warping of the main bulkheads in the engine compartment and major damage to the gear box.”

The important factor here was speed of landing. The Sea Vixen suffered a major hydraulic failure of both systems and the pilot, Commander Simon Hargreaves was unable to lower the flaps along with the under-carriage. This necessitated a high speed, low angle run on and the energy transferred itself through the airframe.

It has been estimated that restoration could take 3-4 years and cost £2-3 million. Within the month, a sponsor is needed “who would be prepared to come to the rescue and underwrite these costs and save the last flying Sea Vixen in the world, recognising her uniqueness and value to the Nation’s naval aviation heritage.”

Check out the video below to learn more.

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The Historic Aircraft Collection’s newly restored de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI will reportedly make its first public appearance at the upcoming Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) at RAF Fairford.

The aircraft is one of two DH.9s discovered in an elephant stable in India and restored by Guy Black’s Retrotec workshop in East Sussex, England. While the first example (D-5649) was rebuilt for static display at the Imperial War Museum, this second DH.9 was restored to airworthy status and is powered by the only airworthy Siddeley Puma engine in the world.

The aircraft will be on static display at the Air Tattoo, which runs from July 14-16. Afterward, it will reportedly begin finally assembly at Duxford (in public view) in preparation for its first post-restoration flight.

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On Monday, Russia’s Northern Fleet recovered the previously discovered remains of a Bell P-39 Airacobra from the bottom of Lake Schuhe near the northwestern town of Severomorsk.

The aircraft reportedly crashed in the location on March 6, 1945 during a training flight, penetrating a 1 meter-thick layer of ice and killing Senior Lieutenant Fedor Varavikov of the second squadron of the 225th Fighter Regiment of the Northern Fleet. The incident was said to be the result of human error.

According to Northern Fleet Commander Nikolai Evmenov “We can see almost all of the front part of the airplane, including the cockpit and engine, only its tail and right wing are missing.”

Varavikov’s remains were not found.

Click below to check out a video of yesterday’s recovery operation.

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Hobby Boss has released new images of their upcoming 1/72 C-47A Skytrain model kit.

The kit will reportedly include photo etched and clear plastic parts as well as Waterslide decals with marking options for two aircraft: 1308676 / T2 which served with the 53rd Wing of the 101th Airborne Division during WW2 and 271, which served with 103 Squadron (Transport Group) during the Chinese Civil War.

Pricing and a final release date have not yet been announced. Click below to check out the box art and photos of the kit’s contents.

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Two incidents involving P-51 Mustangs reportedly occurred during Flying Legends airshow at Duxford over the weekend.

TF-51D Mustang S/N 44-84847 “Miss Velma” (seen above) performed an emergency landing in a nearby field on Sunday. Thankfully, the pilot walked away unharmed and no one on the ground was injured.

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Grissom Air Museum in Peru, Indiana is planning to repaint its historic TB-58A Hustler and is seeking the public’s input on a new livery.

The aircraft (55-0663) is the oldest Hustler in existence, being constructed as a YB-58A prototype in 1956. It was used mainly for testing focused on its bomb pod, proving that it could be dropped at Mach 2 without causing damage to the aircraft. The machine also performed reconnaissance pod testing as the first RB-58A and sonic boom testing with NASA before being converted to a TB-58A crew trainer and assigned to the 305th Bomb Wing at Bunker Hill AFB.

During this time it suffered severe damage in a cockpit fire and, being the oldest example of the type, was restored for used as a gate guard at Bunker Hill. When the name was later changed to Grissom AFB and the museum was established, this rare aircraft was among the first to be placed on display. [click to continue…]

Aero Legends has reported that repairs to their Spitfire T9 NH341 “Elizabeth” have been completed, and just in time for the Battle of Britain Airshow at Headcorn Airfield this weekend.

As previously reported, the aircraft, which is used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn in Kent, experienced a landing on June 16th “where the undercarriage was not fully locked down.” Both the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

Since then, Historic Flying Ltd and Aircraft Restoration Company engineers went to work assessing the damage and returning the aircraft to the skies “with almost wartime levels of service.” Engine runs were performed on June 20th, followed by the completion of “outstanding rectification work” and aesthetic details.

With repairs complete, the machine will once again begin performing passenger flights, although a final return to service date has not yet been reported.

(via Aero Legends and Aircraft Restoration Company)