In addition to their highly anticipated Sopwith Camel, Wingnut Wings has also announced the upcoming release of the early production Fokker D.VII in 1/32 scale.

The kit will reportedly feature 210 high quality injection molded plastic parts, including 19 parts exclusive to Fokker-built aircraft, eight photo-etched metal detail parts and Cartograf decal sheets with markings for five early production machines. A number of optional parts will also be provided, including cowlings, propellers, low & mid height gun mounts, cockpit coamings, windscreens, low and high exhausts and 180hp & 200hp Daimler-Mercedes engines.

The kit is currently available for pre-order with an expected release in May.

Product Page ($99 Pre-Order)


On March 18, Beaumont District Library in Beaumont, California will host “Amelia Earhart: In Her Own Words”, a special program focused on the life of the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean.

The live, one woman performance stars Roberta Bassin, actress and author of the book Amelia Earhart, Me & Our Friends: Journaling the Journey. Bassin portrays Earhart in 1937, speaking to an assembly of well-wishers and reporters as she prepared for the Pacific leg of her tragic journey around the world. In the process, she reminisces about her childhood, record-setting flying adventures and personal philosophy on a number of topics.

The presentation, which will also feature a Q&A and book signing, will take place at 2pm in the library’s Laura May Stewart Room at 125 E. Eighth Street in Beaumont. Admission is free and all ages are welcome. Click below to learn more.

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Following an 18-month restoration, Jet Art Aviation of Yorkshire is offering this “very complete” Harrier GR3 Jump Jet for sale.

The aircraft (XZ130) first flew in 1976 and operated with several squadrons, serving in the Falklands in 1982 before being used as an instructional aircraft at RAF Cosford. The machine last flew in 1990 amassing a total of 3,336 hours.

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Newly restored Spitfire NH341 performed its first post-restoration flight on March 11th, but the test was cut short when a carburettor issue was discovered.

The anticipated flight drew an assembly of veterans and aviation enthusiasts to the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford Aerodrome, where NH341 underwent a painstaking restoration after being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011. One of those on hand was 94-year-old former Lancaster pilot Gerry Abrahams, who said that the engine start made his “heart flutter”, stating “that is the best part of a Spitfire”. Another attendee was 93-year-old former Dakota pilot Ron Dearman, who described the Spitfire’s appearance as “smashing”.

The machine, which was converted from an LF Mk. IXb to a dual cockpit T9, will be used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent. The date for the next test will reportedly be announced shortly.

Click below to check out a video of the test.

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Earlier today, the Shuttleworth Collection’s Sopwith Triplane “Dixie” returned to the air over Old Warden Aerodrome in Bedfordshire for its first post-restoration flight.

The Clerget-powered Triplane reproduction was originally built by Northern Aeroplane Workshops in the 1980s, and is so accurate that it was deemed a “late production” model by T.O.M. Sopwith himself. The aircraft suffered a landing accident during a public demonstration on Jun 29, 2014, which required the machine to be stripped down for repairs.

In the process, a number of new parts were installed, including new wheels, a new engine cowling and a new propeller made by Colin Essex.

Click below to check out video of today’s successful test.

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This week, the SoCal Wing of the Commemorative Air Force returned their Yak-3 to the air for the first time in eight years.

The aircraft was built in 1944 and flown by Boris Eromon after his Yak-1 was damaged beyond repair during a dogfight with 25 German fighters and bombers. He flew the machine for the remainder of the war, scoring more than 20 victories over Stalingrad and Berlin. After the war the Yak-3 was displayed in Moscow and Paris before arriving in the US, being based at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying and finally the CAF So Cal Wing in Camarillo, California.

The aircraft will reportedly appear at the El Centro Air Show this weekend. Click below to check out a video of this week’s flight.

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On April 22, the Wayne County Historical Museum in Richmond, Indiana will welcome aviation historian Giacinta Bradley Koontz for “Prince Leo, the Birdwoman, and the Pilot Automobile”, a program focused on the remarkable life of pioneer aeronaut and showman, A. Leo Stevens:

Balloon and dirigible pilot and inventor A. Leo Stevens was the manager of aviatrix, Harriet Quimby (1875-1912) at the time of her death. As America’s first licensed female pilot (August 1, 1911), newspaper reporters nicknamed her the “Birdwoman.” Following Quimby’s fatal flying accident, Stevens devoted his life to perfecting a “Safety Chute” for pilots.

Koontz will use vintage slides to chronicle Stevens’ life and will also sign copies of her book, The Harriet Quimby Scrapbook, the Life of America’s first Birdwoman 1875-1912.

Click here to check out a flyer for the event.

The newly restored B-29 Superfortress “Doc” has completed phase one of its flight test operations and has received a new airworthiness certificate that allows the aircraft to begin touring with with reduced flight limitations.

Specifically, the new, “special airworthiness certificate” removes flight limitation restrictions on distance and flight pattern, and Doc’s Friends, the team that oversees the massive warbird, are now in final negotiations with multiple regional air shows including EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh.

Doc’s Friends Restoration Program Manager Jim Murphy says that the team is not yet ready to release details regarding a 2017 tour, as they still have some minor winter maintenance to perform before Doc returns to the air, which could happen in early April. However, multiple public events are reportedly being planned in at least six states.

(via Doc’s Friends Photo: Erin McClellan via Wikimedia Commons Thanks, Pascal!)

The Canadian Museum of Flight in Langley, British Columbia is nearing completion of their second Sopwith Pup replica for Vimy Flight, part of Canada’s national First World War commemoration program.

The aircraft, fitted with a Lycoming engine, is built from an Airdrome Aeroplanes kit and wears the colors of N6181, “HMA HAPPY” flown by Flt Lt. Lloyd Breadner of 3 Squadron, RNAS. When complete, both Pups will be shipped to France to participate in the commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge on April 9.

As previously reported, the team recently overcame a significant setback which required sourcing new engines for both aircraft. The first replica has already performed several flights and is said to be performing flawlessly.

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The upcoming Aerospace Bristol museum in Filton is continuing to grow its collection ahead its grand opening this summer, with its most recent addition being this Sea Harrier.

The aircraft, which was built in 1985 and served in Bosnia, was deemed too wide to travel by road, prompting the museum engineering team to contact the RAF for assistance. As a result, a Chinook helicopter was brought in from No 27 Sqn RAF Odiham to airlift the nearly 9,000lb Harrier across Filton airfield.

The delicate operation was captured in the video below, and appears to have gone off perfectly.

The Sea Harrier will become part of the £19 million museum where it will reportedly be displayed in a 100-year-old Grade II listed hangar which was previously part of a WW1 Aircraft Acceptance Park.

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