Tamiya has shared a new series of pre-production photos of their upcoming new tool 1/48 P-38F/G Lightning kit, which is reportedly on display at the IPMS Nationals in Chattanooga, TN through August 10.

As previously reported, the kit (61120) is the product of “extensive research and ever-evolving mold making techniques” and is described as “the best fitting and most accurate P-38 Lightning F/G model assembly kit to date.”

It is said to accurately depict early P-38 features such as slimline engine cowlings, intercoolers in leading edges and the curved canopy front. Additional features include a detailed cockpit with wheel-type controls, radio, throttle box and more; parts to recreate two each of 150- and 300-gallon drop tanks and weights to ensure correct balance of the model when displayed. Two livery options are also included representing “White 147,” a P-38G which took part in the interception of Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto in April 1943, and P-38F “White 33. [continue reading…]

For his latest installment of Kermit Cam, Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks visits Langer Aviation in Minnesota to check up on his Sikorsky S-38 project.

Langer is working hard to complete the example of the machine, which was introduced in 1928 and became Sikorsky’s first widely produced amphibious flying boat. Weeks hopes that the aircraft will be ready in time for involvement in what he describes as “a really big IMAX film project about Martin and Osa Johnson, that will shoot in Africa, and feature both my Sikorsky S-39 and this S-38.”

Click below to check out the newly released video.

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1945 Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI RW382 is available for sale. The listing states (in part):

Manufactured at Castle Bromwich in 1945 as a Spitfire Mk LFVXIe; Served with the Royal Air Force until December 1954; Appeared in the ‘Battle of Britain’ film as a static airframe; RW382 has been fully restored, with an overhauled engine and propeller, flying again in 2013; Engine has 450 hours remaining to overhaul (out of 500 hours); RW382 is in outstanding condition; Aircraft to be sold with a new ‘Permit to Fly’ (valid for 12 months) and overhauled propeller

The aircraft is located at London Biggin Hill Airport and is being offered for GBP £2,650,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Alan Wilson via Flickr)

BAC Jet Provost Mk. V N287XW has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

N287XW (Ser XW287) is the first pressurized Mk. 5 to roll off the assembly line at the British Air Corporation. It was used by the Royal Air Force as a jet trainer and as a demonstration aircraft. It flew as part of the “Red Pelican’s” Team. N287XW was imported into the USA in 1994 and then acquired by the current owner in July 2017. N287XW flew at Oshkosh 2018 with the RAF Spitfire & RAF DHC-1 Chipmunk as part of the RAF 100th Anniversary Showcase.

The aircraft reportedly includes Cleveland brake conversion and is described as “ready to fly.” It is also touted as offering a host of recent updates: [continue reading…]

A 3/4 scale, two-seat Titan T-51 Mustang is available for sale. The listing states (in part):

For sale at a bargain price is my Titan T51 Mustang, First to be built & flown in Europe in 2009 , Built by Dave Stephens. Rotax 912s engine; 400 hours total on engine and airframe; Some accident history a few years ago with the second owner, gear up landing, The original builder recovered the aircraft and carried out all repair work. MT Constant speed propeller; 3 way retractable gear; She’s still flying with permit until May 2020 but requires work to bring her upto 100%.

The aircraft is located in Norwich, UK and is being offered for GBP 65,000, although offers are also being accepted. The listing also states “Anything considered. Cheaper aircraft group A or a Microlight either 3 axis or weightshift; Motor cruiser; Sailing Yacht; Classic car; American Muscle car.”

Click here to check out the complete listing.

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Kermit Weeks has released part 2 of his video tour through his B-24J Liberator based at Fantasy of Flight in Polk City, Florida.

This particular aircraft was one of four surplus Indian Air Force B-24 bombers acquired by collectors in the early 1970s before being purchased by Weeks and flown to Fantasy of Flight in the early 1990s. It will reportedly undergo a complete restoration before flying again.

The video consists of a walk-around and walk-through and includes an abundance of interesting details. Part 1 can be seen here. Click below to check out part 2.

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AirshowStuff has released a new video filmed from the cockpit of the world’s only flying XP-82 Twin Mustang as it performed evening flybys at the recent AirVenture fly-in in Oshkosh, Wisconsin.

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. The machine performed its first post-restoration flight on January 1, 2019.

Click below to check out the new video, as well as footage of the aircraft filmed from the ground during the event.

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a “vintage, original” 1957 T-33 cockpit section has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

Selling Vintage Used 12 1/2 Ft. section of a 1957 T-33 USAF Aircraft. Serial Number 57-654-A, comes with ejection seat and custom made 4″ tubular cradle with double wheel caster. Can be rolled around by one person easily.

The section reportedly has “normal wear, dings and scratches, small damage.” It is located in Ellijay, Georgia and is currently being offered for US $11,550, although offers are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Flight simulation developer Aeroplane Heaven has shared an update on their upcoming Douglas C-47 for P3DV4.4+.

As previously reported, the product is touted as “the most detailed, Hi-Definition models of this aeroplane ever produced” and will focus on the historic C-47 “That’s all Brother,” which led the armada of Skytrains across the English Channel to Normandy on June 6, 1944 (C-47 Military and DC3 Dakota civilian versions with a wide choice of liveries will reportedly be included).

The new update provides a selection of WIP screenshots, including the re-built P&W “Twin-Wasps” in their cowlings and extended tropical filters. The team also notes that flight testing has begun, with tweaking underway on PBR effects inside and out.

Click below to check out additional screenshots.

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