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Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has announced plans to bring four of his WW1 aircraft reproductions to the 2018 AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

The machines include his TVAL-built Sopwith Snipe and Albatros D.Va, a newly restored Sopwith Pup which is currently undergoing repairs following an “unfortunate incident” during its maiden flight, and his new Fokker D.VII, which was recently completed by noted WW1 aircraft builder Fred Murrin.

It appears that the Snipe is the only machine that could take flight at the event, as the remaining aircraft have not yet amassed the required 10 hrs of flight time, or are currently involved in ongoing maintenance. Click below to check out the update.

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The decade-long restoration of the XP-82 Twin Mustang prototype (S/N 44-83887, seen above) is nearing completion, and the team behind the project is hoping that it will be ready in time for a planned debut at AirVenture 2018.

As previously reported, the F-82 long-range escort fighter was designed late in WW2 and became the last propeller-driven fighter produced in quantity for the U.S. Air Force. Tom Reilly of Douglas, Georgia acquired the XP-82 prototype from Walter and Margaret Soplata in 2008 and restoration to airworthy condition began that July at Douglas Municipal Airport. Additional F-82 parts were sourced from Alaska and Colorado and a rare, left-hand turning Allison V-12 was located in Mexico. Additional components, including full second cockpit controls and a second canopy (one that “is completely different from any P-51 type”) were sourced from San Francisco and Tampa, respectively.

Interest in the restoration of this exceedingly rare machine has been high, and Reilly states that “There is no better place than Oshkosh to make the first public flights of this aircraft, which is why it is our intent to complete the restoration and testing so we can be a part of AirVenture 2018.”

The AirVenture fly-in is scheduled to take place at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 23-29.

(via EAA)

Jack Bally’1/3 scale, manned B-17G reproduction will reportedly attend the AirVenture 2018 fly-in this summer.

The Illinois-based machine was built over a 17 year period using 1/9 scale RC model aircraft plans and carries a single pilot. It is powered by four Hirth 3002 4-cylinder 2-stroke engines, spans 34′ 7″ and weighs an estimated 1,800 lbs empty – a far cry from the full-scale machine’s 36,134 lb weight. It received its airworthiness certification in October 2016 and performed its maiden flight on November 14th of that year.

The aircraft, also known as “Obsession,” is expected to be on display throughout the week, during which time it will reportedly be alternated between between Boeing Plaza and the Replica Fighters Association. Exact details will be announced as the event draws closer.

AirVenture 2018 is scheduled to take place at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin from July 23-29.

(via EAA Photo via Bally Bomber)

This year’s EAA AirVenture fly-in will reportedly commemorate the final year of WW1 with period aircraft, flying displays and activities.

Related activities will reportedly take place throughout the week, with a special emphasis on Friday, July 27. Among the aircraft slated to appear at the event is a rare 1915 Bleriot reproduction in Royal Flying Corps colors, aircraft from the Kermit Weeks/Fantasy of Flight collection and a original Dayton-Wright DH.4 currently under restoration by the nonprofit “Friends of Jenny” along with Tennessee high school students.

The WWI programming will be primarily based in the vintage aircraft parking area on the AirVenture flightline. Along with the aircraft on display from the 1915-1918 era, there will be WWI re-enactors and static engine runs. In addition, WWI-era aircraft, aircraft owners, and historians will participate in forums and Vintage in Review session throughout the week. A number of the aircraft will also be displayed at various times on AirVenture’s showcase Boeing Plaza.

AirVenture 2018 is scheduled to take place from July 23-29 at Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. Additional details will reportedly be announced as they are finalized.

(via EAA Top Photo: Kermit Weeks Hangar)

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Here you will find contents for individual issues of The Flying Machine journal. We are currently working on an index by subject as well.

Issue 1 (Fall 2016): 42 Pages – The First American Aeroplane Export: Octave Chanute’s 1904 Glider at the Threshold of Powered Flight; Military Aviation Museum / Vintage Aviation Services S.E.5a Project Update; A Letter From the Air; An Albatros in Canada (Albatros D.Va For Sale); News Briefs: Clerget Sopwith Camel Progress Report, Curtiss Jenny Restoration Update, 1/6 Scale Ilya Muromets Takes Flight

Issue 2 (Winter 2017): 44 Pages – 2016 Dawn Patrol Rendezvous Recap; Superstitions of Fledgling Flyers in 1918; The Wright National Memorial Reborn; Craftlab Project Updates; B.E.12 Rigging Notes; News Briefs: Wright Experience Curtiss Jenny Returns to the Air, Le Rhone-Powered Sopwith Pup Reproduction Nearing First Flight, Virginia Aviation Museum Collection Finds New Home, Kiffin Rockwell Medal / Artifact Display

Issue 3 (Spring 2017): 40 Pages – One Wheel On My Camel: Fred Kay Learns How to Fly; Sopwith Rigging Notes; An Epic Cross-Country Flight Adventure From Payne Field; Bristol Scout 1264 Update; Aircraft of the Wright Experience (Part 6); News Briefs: Restored WW1 Hangar Grand Opening, Vintage Aviation Services / Military Aviation Museum S.E.5a Update, Hiller Aviation Museum Fokker Dr.1 Project, Owls Head Transportation Museum Fokker Dr.1 Project

Issue 4 (Summer 2017): 40 Pages – 3D Modeled Aircraft and Aero Engines; APSS Sopwith 1½ Strutter Project; Memorial Flight’s Current Projects; Drawings: Replicraft S.E.5a Samples; News Briefs: Santos-Dumont 19 bis Libellule Project; Sopwith Aircraft Resume Production; Golden Age Air Museum’s SPAD XIII; Products

Issue 5 (Fall 2017): 36 Pages: Not in Kansas Anymore (1911 Cessna Silver Wings / CC-1 reproduction); Avro Rigging Notes (Part 1); My 16th Birthday Jenny Solo; News Briefs: Fernand Saint-André’s Albatros D.Va, John Shaw’s Sopwith Camel, Hiller Aviation Museum’s Fokker Dr.1; Products

Issue 6 (Winter 2018): 36 Pages – Wright Tour Guide: Examining Sites and Artifacts Connected to the Wright Brothers and the Birth of Powered Flight (Part 1); Fighter World Sopwith Camel Project; Avro Rigging Notes (Part 2); News Briefs: Owls Head Transportation Museum Projects, Restoration of King/Coughlin Sopwith Pup, New Displays at Udvar-Hazy; Products

Issue 7 (Spring 2018): 36 Pages – Wright Tour Guide: Examining Sites and Artifacts Connected to the Wright Brothers and the Birth of Powered Flight (Part 2); Tommy to Fly Again!: Restoration Nearly Completed, Our 100-Year-Old Airplane Will Soon Take to the Sky; Building a Reproduction 1913 Renault WB 70 hp V8 Aero Engine for a B.E.2a; News Briefs: Bastion in the Air Exhibition Opens at RAF Scampton, Memorial Flight Completes B.E.2f Reproduction, Darrin Covington’s ¼ Scale B.E.2c Project; Products

Issue 8 (Summer 2018): 36 Pages – Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre’s B.E.2a Reproduction; Jerry May’s Fokker Dr.1 Project; Avro Type F Replica Moves to Woodford; NELSAM’s Morane-Saulnier N Project; News Briefs: Newly Restored de Havilland DH.4 Displayed at AirVenture 2018, Tom Kozura’s Sopwith Camel Project, Cardboard Curtiss Jenny; Products

Issue 9 (Fall 2018): 36 Pages – Cessna CC-1 Rises; Museum Bound (Fokker Dr.1 Project); Pilot Report: New 1912 Lohner Taube Reproduction; The Right Project at the Right Time (Part 1 – Curtiss Jenny Project); News Briefs: “Libellule” Project Update, Thomas-Morse Scout Returns to the Air, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Avro 504K Restoration; Products

Issue 10 (Winter 2019): 36 Pages – Recreating the Ferguson Monoplane: The First Irish Aircraft to Fly; Vintage Turnbuckles – Some History and Some Solutions; Military Aviation Museum’s Biplanes and Brews Recap; The Right Project at the Right Time (Part 2); News Briefs: World’s Only Fully Restored Curtiss Model F Takes Flight, Authentic WW1 Hangars for Your Vintage Aircraft Now Available, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Curtiss Jenny Touches Down, Products

Issue 11 (Spring 2019): 36 Pages – Wright Tour Guide: Examining Sites and Artifacts Connected to the Wright Brothers and the Birth of Powered Flight (Part 3); Spotlight: Woodall / MAPS Air Museum Sopwith Triplane; Brussel Sprout (NZ Warbirds Association Bristol Scout); News Briefs: Pima Air and Space Museum Sopwith Camel Project, Newly Restored Thomas-Morse S-4B Goes on Display; Products

Issue 12 (Summer 2019): 36 Pages – Wright Tour Guide: Examining Sites and Artifacts Connected to the Wright Brothers and the Birth of Powered Flight (Part 4); Spotlight: Berg / Military Aviation Museum Fokker D.VII; Montrose Air Station Heritage Centre’s Sopwith F.1 Camel Reconstruction Project; News Briefs: Restored Fokker D.VII, SE.5a Displayed, KipAero Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Update, South Australian Aviation Museum Cessna CC-1 Update; Products

Issue 13 (Fall 2019): 36 Pages – Military Aviation Museum’s Thomas-Morse S-4C Restoration (Part 1); Spotlight: Golden Age Air Museum’s Sopwith Pup; Military Aviation Museum Biplanes & Brews 2019 Recap; News Briefs: Pioneer Flight Museum’s Thomas-Morse S-4C Restoration, Newly Completed Fokker D.VII Begins Ground Testing, National Museum of the U.S. Air Force Completes Avro 504K Restoration; Products

Issue 14 (Winter 2020): 36 Pages – KipAero’s Sopwith 1 1/2 Strutter Project; Shaw Sopwith Camel #2 Update; MAM Thomas-Morse S-4C Restoration (Part 2); Products

Jack Bally’1/3 scale, manned B-17G reproduction (N413ME) has hit the market.

The Illinois-based machine was built over a 17-year period using 1/9 scale RC model aircraft plans and carries a single pilot. It is powered by four Hirth 4-cylinder 2-stroke engines, spans 34′ 7″ and contains more than 25,000 rivets. It has reportedly flown 55 hrs (most recently to EAA Airventure 2018) and is experimental certified.

Offers are now being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

The EAA is shining the spotlight on the world’s only flying example of Douglas B-26K/A-26A Counter-Invader in a newly released video.

Restoration of the machine (S/N 64-17679 / 44-34198) began in 2010 and required 65 volunteers and nearly a million dollars. Dubbed “Special Kay,” it returned to flight on July 8, 2017 wearing a mid-60s USAF livery and is said to be the pride of the Texas-based Vintage Flying Museum.

The new video was filmed at Oshkosh 2018, where Special Kay was awarded Best Bomber and the Silver Wrench Award. Click below to check it out.

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