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After releasing part 1 last week Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has returned for the second installment of his Kermie Cam B-25 tour, which explores the whole aircraft interior, from tail to cockpit.

As previously reported, the machine (S/N 43-28059) was originally delivered in 1944 and was used for training during WW2 and for some time after the war ended. In the 1950s it was used for proficiency flying and transport duties. Following military service, it operated as a tanker fitted with a 1000 gallon tank and passed through the hands of several owners before being acquired by Weeks and restored.

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Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has released his latest “Kermie Cam” video, this time focusing on his B-25J Mitchell “Apache Princess.”

The machine (S/N 43-28059) was originally delivered in 1944 and was used for training during WW2 and for some time after the war ended. In the 1950s it was used for proficiency flying and transport duties. Following military service, it operated as a tanker fitted with a 1000 gallon tank and passed through the hands of several owners before being acquired by Weeks and restored.

The new video is part one of the series which includes a walk around and interior tour of the aircraft. Click below to check it out.

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The latest installment of Kermit Weeks’ “Kermie Cam” series focuses on Fantasy of Flight’s 1941 Stinson L-1.

This particular example was delivered to the Army Air Corps in December 1941 and initially served with 112th Observation Squadron at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina before moving on to different locations on the East Coast. It was later used for rescue with the 11th Air Force in Alaska. Following its military service the aircraft was acquired by Paul Mantz and used as a camera platform in a number of movie productions including The Great Waldo Pepper. Weeks acquired the machine from the Movieland Air Collection in 1981 and used it to tow banners. It was damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and has since been completely restored.

The video will be released in two parts. This newly released first part includes an overview of a problem sorted out with the engine, a walk around, a tour of the cockpit and start up. Click below to check it out, along with a bonus video of its first post-restoration flight in 2013.

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For his latest installment of “Kermie Cam,” Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has released a new version of his North American AT-6 flight while providing a full review of the machine’s cockpit and a voice-over of the flight, which includes a couple of rolls, 4 point roll and snap rolls.

This particular machine is a AT-6D painted in the colors of the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and featuring their mascot “Fifinella” on the cowling.

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Following on his recent Curtiss Pusher video, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has released another new “Uncut Kermie Cam” video capturing a full flight in his Albatros D.Va reproduction from the pilot’s perspective.

The reproduction was built by The Vintage Aviator, Ltd. in New Zealand and sports an original Mercedes engine as well as other original equipment. It appears in the colors of Ltn. Adolf Schreder of Jasta 17. Schreder scored one victory before being killed in action on March 17, 1918 while flying a Pfalz D.IIIa.

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Kermit Weeks has released a new “Uncut Kermie Cam” video capturing an “exhilarating” full flight in his 1909 Herring-Curtiss Pusher reproduction from the pilot’s perspective.

This two-seat, Continental O-200 A-powered machine was constructed in 2009 by Dean Wilson and Jim Otey to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the first flight in the state of Idaho. It is now part of Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight collection in Polk City, Florida.

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In his latest Kermie Cam series, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks visits Tehachapi, California to check on several engines he has at Vintage V-12s, one of the world’s leading vintage engine restoration companies. In the process, he was given a “grand tour” of the facility which included a look at Merlin and Allison engines currently under restoration for Mosquito, Mustang and P-40 projects.

The video will be presented in three parts, all of which will appear here as they become available. Click below to check it out.

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On the heels of his recently completed videos on the P-51D, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has announced that his “Kermie Cam” series will next focus on the Curtiss TP-40N.

In anticipation of the release, Weeks posted a new teaser video featuring a walk around and general information on the aircraft (S/N 44-47923), which is one of roughly 40 examples of the type built with dual controls. Before being acquired by Fantasy of Flight, the machine operated with the Tallmantz Collection and appeared in the films Death Chase and Tora! Tora! Tora!.

Click below to check out the new video. Part 1 is currently slated for release on Friday and will be posted here, along with additional parts in the series as they become available.

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For his latest series of “Kermie Cam” videos, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks is shining the spotlight on his beautiful P-51D Mustang (S/N 45-11507).

This first installment of the three-part series features a pre-flight walk around complete with technical and historical details – including information about the original “Cripes A’ Mighty 3rd” (S/N 44-13321) flown by Maj. George Preddy from July to August 1944.

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Kermit Weeks has released the second video in his two part “Kermie Cam” series dealing with his 1941 Stinson L-1.

This particular example was delivered to the Army Air Corps in December 1941 and initially served with 112th Observation Squadron at Ft. Bragg, North Carolina before moving on to different locations on the East Coast. It was later used for rescue with the 11th Air Force in Alaska. Following its military service the aircraft was acquired by Paul Mantz and used as a camera platform in a number of movie productions including The Great Waldo Pepper. Weeks acquired the machine from the Movieland Air Collection in 1981 and used it to tow banners. It was damaged during Hurricane Andrew in 1992 and has since been completely restored.

While part 1 (available here) included a walk around, cockpit tour and start up, part 2 sees the machine take flight. Kermit points out some of the things he pays attention to when flying the L-1, performs a slow pass or two, and sees how she does overall. Click below to check it out.

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