The National Museum of the U.S. Air Force in Dayton, Ohio has released the first promotional video for the upcoming 2018 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous air show.
The event, offered every other year by the museum and the Great War Aeroplanes Association, will reportedly feature flights of reduced and full-scale replica WWI aircraft, WWI living history re-enactors in a war encampment area, radio-controlled model aircraft, period vehicles, music and a collector’s show of WWI era items. The event will also include guest speakers on WWI topics as well as many family hands-on and educational activities.
The USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio recently moved some of its iconic WW2 warbirds back into position after they were temporarily relocated to provide room for the Memphis Belle exhibit opening back in May. These included the P-51, P-47, P-38 and A-36.
In the process, opportunities were provided to get a better look at the aircraft, resulting in a new series videos that can be seen below.
Dora Wings has announced the upcoming release of a “what if” version of the iconic Gee Bee racer as the Granville P-45B “Bee Killer.”
Details, including kit contents, scale and release date have not yet been reported, although a number of photos have been published which can be seen below.
Harvard IV N44110 has hit the market.
The airframe reportedly had 5,808 hrs prior to a “complete, ground up restoration” that also included an “overhauled engine and accessories from Aero-Engine.” Features are said to include a polished 109 inch (-12) prop, fresh (overhauled) fuel bladders (no leaks), electric fuel boost-pump and Emron paint. Both instrument panels are described as “essentially original stock” with the front panel carrying “basic radio with Omni.”
The machine is based at Gillespie Field in San Diego and is currently being offered for $235,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Top Image: Markus Kutscher from Wikimedia Commons)
Airfix is preparing to release a new Handley Page Victor K.2 model kit in 1/72 scale.
The new kit will be the second incarnation of their Victor tooling, the first being a B.2 bomber version (A12008) equipped with an under-fuselage mounted “Blue Steel” nuclear missile. The upcoming release (A12009) will offer new parts to represent the SR.2 reconnaissance Victor, or one of the final aircraft to see RAF service, the K.2 tanker. It will reportedly boast three marking options, including XL231 “Lusty Lindy” of No.55 Squadron, XH669 Black Buck Raids/No.57 Squadron and XL193 Operation Attune/543 Squadron.
The new Victor is currently slated for release in September. Click below to check out livery profiles.
A Consolidated Vultee BT-13A touted as “possibly the nicest BT-13 restoration on the planet” has hit the market.
The aircraft (S/N 10425 / N313BT) is reportedly equipped with an avionics package, a Pratt & Whitney R-985 with heavy wall piston pins and an upgraded supercharger bearing, and a Hamilton Standard Prop with 6101A-12 full length blades. The machine is said to be in “excellent condition” with everything being “either overhauled To zero time condition or brand new.”
The airframe has a total estimated time of 2,125 hrs, although there is said to be “only 125 hours on everything” since complete restoration.
The Vultee is reportedly located in California and is currently being offered for US $129,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Flight Replicas has announced the development of a Messerschmitt Bf 109 G-6 and Rolls Royce-powered Hispano HA-1112 Buchon for FSX and P3D.
The HA-112 will reportedly include the original Spanish Air Force colors, “examples as they appeared in the 1968 film Battle of Britain, plus some more present-day examples.” Currently, exteriors are said to be “just about complete” while the VC’s are “about 60% done.”
A release date has not yet been announced, although a number of in-progress screenshots have been released, additional examples of which can be seen below.
After “bubbling away in the background for many years,” the Aircraft Restoration Company of Duxford is nearing the completion and first post-restoration flight of Westland Lysander V9312.
The aircraft was originally built in 1940 and operated with 612, 225 and 4 Squadrons before being converted into a target tug and delivered to Canada in 1942, where it saw service with the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Following its final flight in 1944, the machine was acquired by an owner in Saskatchewan and placed in storage. It was later acquired by Kermit Weeks before being passed on to the Aircraft Restoration Company in 2003.
Following a “long, meticulous restoration” V9312’s nine-cylinder Bristol Mercury engine performed its first test on August 8. The machine is now said to be “gathering pace and character with every passing moment” as its return to flight approaches.
Click below to check out a video of the recent engine test.
Flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven has announced the creation of a new Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane Mk 1A.
Details, including liveries, features, supported simulation platforms and completion timeframe have not yet been revealed, although a number of in-development renderings have been released, additional examples of which can be seen below.
North American T-28 Trojan S/N 51-3693 has hit the market.
The machine (N14124) was reportedly used by the French Air Force until 1972 when it was brought back to the US. It later suffered damage after performing a forced landing in the New Mexico desert due to the engine seizing on departure. The wings and engine broke off and fuselage is mangled in several areas, however, there is said to be “ALOT of good parts.”
According to the description, the horizontals and elevators were not damaged and were unbolted. The landing gear was also in the UP position and “should be okay.” The windshield is intact, although the canopy is broken. The engine is seized and one cylinder was pulled for investigation. Logbooks and dataplates are reportedly “all there and included.”
The Trojan is located in Phoenix, Arizona and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.