The National Museum of WWII Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado is offering a “one of a kind” clock made from an engine blower (Diffuser) from an actual WWII Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine.
The clock, which appears to bear an image of a P-47 and its center, is described as being “for the collector” with documentation and rare provenance. Proceeds will reportedly benefit the museum’s free K-12 Stem Educational Program.
The clock is currently available with a starting bid of $300. Click here to check out the complete listing.
The Commemorative Air Force has reported that their B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” returned to the air for the first time in over two years on October 22.
As previously reported, the aircraft (AM927) was delivered to the British in May 1941 and transferred to Trans World Airlines (TWA) to conduct training of RAF pilots out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A landing accident shortly thereafter resulted in the bomber being returned to Consolidated in San Diego. In July 1942, it returned to service as the C-87 Liberator Express prototype, acting as a personnel and equipment transport and test platform. Following the war it was modified with long RY-3 nose and PBY nacelles and saw further use as an executive and personnel transport. It was acquired by the CAF in 1968.
The machine was grounded in 2016 for work that included an interior restoration and the overhaul of three engines. It will reportedly make its first post-restoration appearance at the Wings Over Dallas WW2 airshow this weekend.
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A 1942 Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero (S/N 3858 / N553TT) has hit the market. The listing states:
Legendary WWII fighter aircraft – Original, salvaged airframe recovered from New Guinea – Detailed logbook listing all work and certifications – Original Nakajima Sakae engine available – Movie Star with combat history – Located in CA, USA
The machine reportedly underwent a “historic and authentic restoration using original engineering drawings (set of original Zero blueprints)” and returned to the air in 2000. It is marked as AI-112 and finished in the colors it wore for the film Pearl Harbor, where it flew some 55 hours for filming. The machine is reportedly fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engine modified in order to fit without unduly changing the cowling lines of the Zero – however, as stated above, an original Nakajima Sakae engine is reportedly available.
Pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
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Boeing Stearman A75 N1 N75160 (S/N 75-2224) has hit the market.
The listing states that the machine has a total time of 2862.0 with a “fresh annual inspection.” Engine time is listed as 762 and prop time as 71.
The machine is located in Uvalde, TX and is currently available for US $78,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
A Spitfire MK 26B has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
2008 Factory Built Spitfire MK 26B. Many mods done to this beautiful 90% Spitfire. LS2 Aluminum V8 with 400+ hp. Authentic spade grip with one button for the radios and second button for firing propane & O2 Hispano Cannons. Paint scheme is of Bobby Gibbs, squadron leader out of Darwin, Australia New radiators, 2 new Val 2000 radios, Garmin GTX 327 Transponder., EKP V Avmap GPS. Custom chute and Campbell Aero Helmet. Handles just like a Mk 9, I know, I have flown both. Fully Aerobatic.
The aircraft is located in Port Orange, FL and is currently available for $340,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
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The first post-restoration flight of Ithaca Aviation Heritage Foundation’s newly restored, Le Rhone-powered Thomas-Morse S-4B has been captured in a newly released video.
As previously reported, The Ithaca, NY-based organization was established in order to return an example of the WW1 advanced trainer to the city where it was originally manufactured as “a symbol of Ithaca’s aviation heritage.” Their machine was generously donated by Dr. William N. Thibault of San Diego, CA in 2010 and received a meticulous restoration prior to the September 29th flight.
Click below to check out the video.
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On October 19, The Historic Aircraft Collection’s newly restored de Havilland DH.9 E8894/G-CDLI performed its initial engine test at Duxford.
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 machine is reportedly undergoing ground runs for CAA paperwork. At the moment, a time frame for flight testing has not yet been announced. Click below to check out a video of Friday’s test.
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A 1970 Hispano Saeta has hit the market.
The listing states that the machine is privately owned and “in perfect state of operation and in flight order” with “all the documentation in rule to fly.”
The Saeta was a two-seat advanced jet trainer designed by Willy Messerschmitt and constructed by Hispano Aviación. The type performed its maiden flight in 1955 and went on to serve with the air forces of Spain and Egypt. It was also developed into the HA-220 “Super Saeta” which was equipped with attack capabilities.
This particular aircraft is located in Valencia, Spain and is currently available for US $200,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.
A mysterious passenger Douglas DC-3 has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
Available to select customers, this is an outstanding DC-3 aircraft located in Europe. The aircraft has great times, excellent history, recent wing pull and is ready to go. Current owner available to fly the aircraft for the for Daks over Normandy.
The aircraft’s registration and serial have not been published, although it is said that its history includes military service. It is currently registered in Europe but “can easily be placed back on the US register.” Additional details are available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
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HpH Models has announced their next new project: a Westland Wyvern in 1/32 scale.
The Wyvern employed a tractor configuration similar to that of the Bell P-39 Airacobra, with the engine located behind the pilot. It entered service with the British in 1953, acting as a carrier-based strike aircraft and seeing action in Operation Musketeer during the 1956 Suez Crisis. It was withdrawn from active duty in 1958.
At the moment little is known about the new kit, although several images have been released which can be seen below.
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