The cockpit section of EE Lightning T5 ZF597 has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

EE Lightning T5 cockpit section ZF597 for sale. As we no longer require the cockpit section of ZF597 for our restoration project of Lightning422, we have decided to auction her to a good home. She will make an ideal cockpit restoration project for an enthusiast, aircraft group, or museum requiring an a Lightning.

The section is located in Stennis, Mississippi and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

An extensive collection of consisting of “5+ Bell P-39 Airacobra combat veterans of the Pacific war” have hit the market. The aircraft are listed as “damaged, repairable, rebuildable, combat veteran aircraft” and are described as follows:

P-39D 41-69xx, main fuselage with nose cut off but present, wing sections present but cut up, tail section cut but good fittings patterns. full history of the aircraft available. Previously used by the NACA. P-39L unknown s/n consisting of forward fuselage from cockpit floor to gearbox attach, many usable parts, “scrapped” very recently by a crazy farmer. P-39F 41-71xx tail section including several ft of rear fuselage, vertical usable with minor repairs/reskin. P-39Q fuselage, center section, cabin, engine mount section, nose sections present but cut off by the US Army. P-39Q hulk, center section full of original fittings, extrusions etc. P-39Q parts only/de riveted for patterns.

The offering reportedly includes “thousands of other parts” and is located in Maitland, NSW, Australia with worldwide shipping available. The aircraft are currently being offered for US $125,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Fonthill Media is slated to release a new title by author David Julian Bailey focusing on the history of 610 (County of Chester) Auxilary Air Force Squadron from 1936-1940.

Formed in 1936, the Squadron went on to protect the Dunkirk evacuation in 1940, suffering seven pilots killed and one wounded, and also inflicted a heavy toll on the Luftwaffe while playing a key role in the Battle of Britain.

This detailed book recounts 610’s valiant history for the first time, combining the Squadron’s Operations Record Book, Combat Reports and the latest National Archives’ files, with ground crew and relatives’ testimonies, plus a rare interview with a founding Squadron pilot. This heroic story is supported with 386 mono photos, many previously unpublished from relatives and the Squadron’s Association Archive.

The 544 page book is slated for release in July and is currently available for pre-order.

Product Page ($54.31 Pre-Order)

A 1943 Stearman PT-17 has hit the market. The listing states:

REBUILD FEBRUARY 2013 S.M.O.H. 325 HOURS RED LINE BRAKES FLYING REGULARLY KING 155 I/COMM KR76 TRANSPONDER ALWAYS HANGARED CONTINENTAL R670-5 220H.P.ALL CYLINDERS OVER 70/80

The aircraft is located in Miami, Florida and is currently available for US $75,000, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Aerodynamic Media, LLC is proud to announce the release of the tenth issue of The Flying Machine: Early Aero Quarterly.

Issue #11 Contents:

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

The Flying Machine focuses exclusively on “aeroplanes” manufactured prior to 1920, as well as the current work of historians, builders, restorers, museums and collectors to preserve and promote interest in the early years of flight. Published in print and digital formats, The Flying Machine is offered on a pay-per-issue basis – no subscription required!

Join us as we pay tribute to early aircraft and the visionaries, geniuses and daredevils who conquered the air while producing some of the most fascinating, ingenious and beautiful machines in aviation’s short history.

Click here to purchase!

On Friday, Naval Air Station Wildwood Aviation Museum reported the arrival of a new acquisition in the form of F6F-3 Hellcat B/N 66237.

This particular aircraft was constructed by Grumman and assigned to VF-20. On January 12, 1944 it ditched at sea near San Diego during a training mission, sinking to a depth of 3,400 ft. It was recovered in 1970 and displayed at the San Diego Air & Space Museum, followed by the Florida-based National Museum Of Naval Aviation.

The museum, located at Cape May Airport in New Jersey, was recently offered the aircraft, which is said to be approximately 80% restored. The museum plans to launch a new project to restore the aircraft “in the most accurate manner possible” for display. When complete, it will wear the colors of of the Hellcat flown by LTJG Arthur Ray Hawkins of VF-31 who was credited with downing seven Japanese aircraft.

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The Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Virginia has put out the call for a full-time Museum Director.

The museum states that they are looking for “an experienced Museum Director that can oversee and manage the entire operation.” stating “There are many large functions that take place at our museum including a World War Two airshow (Warbirds Over the Beach) in May, a musical airshow (Flying Proms) in June, and a First World War airshow (Biplanes and Triplanes) that is held in October. In addition, there are also numerous smaller functions such as a Valentine’s Day costume dance, Wine Fest, children’s summer camp, radio control model airplane meets, conventions, various 5K runway races, vintage car shows, Planes and Trains during Thanksgiving, and many more seasonal events.” [continue reading…]

Brickmania has released a new, limited edition 1/35 P-51D Mustang LEGO model kit.

The offering (BKM2227) boasts a color scheme representing Mustangs of the 352nd Fighter Group and reportedly includes 438 new-condition LEGO elements, a high-quality sticker sheet and a custom-printed American pilot minifigure.

The model is described containing “cool features” including retractable landing gear, a spinning propeller, and brick-built color scheme.

Click below to check out the product page and a video overview of the new kit.

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A 1928/29 Ford 5-AT-C Trimotor (S/N 74 / N414H) touted as the “only one flying in the world” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

1928 Ford 5AT-C Trimotor, A Very Historic And Original Trimotor, S/N 74, 16,508 TTSN, Low Time Engines, Compete Records, Former Grand Canyon Airlines Plane… This aircraft is serial number 74, the 155th Ford Tri-motor built. Its first flight was September 4, 1929. It operated as a Ford Motor Company factory demonstrator aircraft. During this period the aircraft was equipped with twin metal floats, accumulating 249 hours as a seaplane. This aircraft has complete records and history since delivery.

The machine is described as “very historic and original” and “in excellent condition.” Its three Pratt & Whitney R-985 engines have 16.5 SMOH by Aero Engines, 368.5 SMOH by Covington Engines and 287.3 SMOH by Aero Engines. The aircraft is located in California and is currently being offered for $1,400,000. Click here and here to check out complete listings.

(Photo: D. Miller from IL. USA via Wikimedia Commons)

HK Models will be following up last year’s 1/32 Lancaster B Mk.I release with an upcoming 1/32 B Mk.III Dambusters model kit to commemorate the 76th anniversary of the Dambusters raid.

Details on the offering (01E011) are currently scarce, although box art, images of a partially assembled model as well as a possible livery profile have been released. The profile suggests that the kit will include decals representing ED932/AJ-G of 617 Squadron.

Details about availability will reportedly be announced at a later date. Click below to check out additional images.

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