Tamiya has released their new F-14D Tomcat model kit in 1/48 scale.

As previously reported, the kit (61118) appears to be based off the company’s new tool F-14A kit (61114) which was released in 2016. It is said to be a faithful reproduction of the machine and reportedly includes movable wings and a number of weapon/reconnaissance options, including laser and GPS-guided bombs and late stage air-to-air missiles, as well as lantern, jamming and reconnaissance camera pods. Three marking options are also said to be included, representing machines from VF-213 “Black Lions,” VF-101 “Grim Reapers” and VF-2 “Bounty Hunters.”

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1941 Vultee BT-13A N10458 has hit the market.

The aircraft (S/N 2775, Military S/N 110458) was reportedly accepted by the Army Air Corps on Dec 6, 1941 and currently has a total time of 3,262 hrs. The machine is said to be equipped with a P&W R-985 AN-12 engine with 429.8 SMOH and 6101A-12 blades with 1,358.6 SPOH. Additional features reportedly include a spare R-985 (800 TSO) and miscellaneous airframe parts.

The BT-13 is located in Belgrade, Montana and is currently available for US $150,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Hangar 9 has released their new 15cc Sport Scale F6F Hellcat RC model.

As previously reported, The offering is said to boast “realism with the specific needs of the sport pilot,” resulting in a “large model that’s easy to handle and offers the awesome look of a high-performance fighter.” Features reportedly include lightweight, laser-cut balsa and plywood construction, factory-applied UltraCote film covering and realistic markings and graphics with three nose-art decal choices.

The model’s hardware package is touted as offering everything needed for the installation of an internal-combustion or electric power engine, while the fiberglass cowl “provides enough space to conceal any of the recommended engine or motor recommendations.”

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A 1962 Fouga Magister CM.170 has hit the market.

The French jet trainer is touted as being in overall good shape and suitable for restoration, parts or static display at airshows. It has reportedly been sitting for about five years although the fans are said to be moving, indicating that the bearings have not locked up.

The machine lacks a comm radio, logs and paperwork, although “everything else is there.” It is currently located in Hillsborough, New Jersey and is now available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

A Curtiss Jenny project is currently available for sale.

The aircraft was reportedly “rebuilt and improved structurally and mechanically in the Philippines” before being disassembled and brought to the US. The example is said to boast many original Jenny parts and is powered by “new 3.8 Ford motor.”

The Jenny, which currently “needs to be finished being put back together,” is located in Great Falls, Montana and is being offered for $39,999, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

An ongoing effort led by Jim Salazar and Ken McBride of Arctic Hot Point Solutions and the Fallen American MIA Repatriation Foundation has resulted in the discovery of another P-38 Lightning of the “Lost Squadron.”

The flight, which took place on July 15, 1942, was part of the Allied buildup in Europe known as “Operation Bolero” and consisted of six P-38s and two B-17s. The route toward England would include stops in Labrador, Greenland and Iceland to refuel, however, along the way, the aircraft encountered severe weather conditions and were forced to land on a glacier on Greenland’s hazardous east coast. While the crews were rescued by the Coast Guard, the aircraft would remain, eventually being entombed by hundreds of feet of ice. [click to continue…]

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Freewing has released an updated version of their 70 mm Messerschmitt Me 262 RC model.

“Version 2” reportedly features upgraded 3048-2150kv brushless outrunner motors, twin 12-Blade 70mm EDFs with metal housing for “high speed maneuvers and realistic jet turbine sound,” as well as a new livery representing “Yellow 7” (B/N 500491) which is on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.

The model is said to be “very nimble with excellent speed and flight characteristics” and reportedly includes super scale features such as a detailed cockpit, authentic graphics, engine vents and machine guns. The model is also touted as offering split flaps for shorter takeoffs and slower landings, nylon hinges on all control surfaces, crash resistant EPO foam with carbon wing spars for enhanced strength and durable, shock absorbing, metal retractable gear.

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Yesterday, C-53 Skytrooper “Beach City Baby” performed a taxi test under its own power for the first time in 20 years.

As previously reported, the aircraft (S/N 41-20095) was constructed by Douglas and was on the factory floor when the Pearl Harbor attack occurred in December 1941. It was delivered to the USAAC in January 1942 and was soon flown to Africa to participate in Operation Torch. The machine also saw service transporting troops and VIPs during the war and completed its service with FEA, Cairo Division.

Following civilian service with Danish Airlines/SAS and a stint as “Buckeye One,” the official state aircraft for the governor of Ohio, the Skytrooper was retired and flown to the USAF Museum in Dayton, Ohio where it remained until 1990, when it was acquired by Ohio University of Athens and stripped of its engines. Eventually Ken Joseph stepped in and returned it to an airworthy state, obtaining a ferry permit and flying it to Beach City, Ohio in 1992. [click to continue…]

After adding an extremely rare Nakajima B5N “Kate” to its collection of WW2 aircraft back in 2016, The Pacific Aviation Museum in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii has reported that the machine has been moved to its new home in Hangar 37 as part of a new exhibit.

As previously reported, the B5N was considered the most effective aircraft operating with the Imperial Japanese Navy, and was credited with causing the bulk of the damage sustained by battleships during the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941.

The museum’s restoration shop, located in historic Hangar 79, had begun restoring the aircraft for static display, although a final livery has not yet been selected. The process is reportedly complete for now, and details about the new exhibit are said to be forthcoming.

Click below to check out a video of the recent move.

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