Blue Sky Flight Simulations has released new images and details for their upcoming Rolls Royce Griffon 65-powered Spitfire Mk. XIV.
As previously reported, Blue Sky initially began developing the aircraft for Dovetail Games’ Flight Sim World (FSW), however, with FSW’s closure in May, the team is now working to prepare the Spitfire for P3D v.4.
Additional work is focused on getting the flight dynamics ready and fixing animation errors. This will be followed by “major internal testing to make sure all systems and flight functions are working” as well as external beta testing.
It is hoped that the aircraft will be ready by the end of September. Click below to check out additional screenshots, as well as a recent live stream showing “gauge animation development in 3D Max and a quick aerobatic test flight around Duxford.”
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A crowdfunding campaign has been launched to recover the remains of Avro Lancaster NF920 “Easy Elsie” from the site where it crash landed during WW2.
The aircraft came to rest in a swamp near Projus, Sweden on October 29, 1944 after being struck by anti-aircraft fire while attempting to bomb the battleship Tirpitz as part of “Operation Obviate.” The crew escaped without serious injury and the machine’s remains were abandoned, remaining at the site until the present day.
The aircraft is said to be the last remaining example of the type from the famous Dambusters 617 Squadron, and the wreck is in jeopardy after being “ravaged by war, time, vandals and souvenir hunters.” [click to continue…]
The forward fuselage/cockpit of a Grumman E2C Hawkeye has hit the market.
The section is described as “Early Version. Whole Cockpit and part of the fuselage, up to the leading edge.” It reportedly measures 22’8″ in length and is located in West Islip, New York.
The cockpit is currently being offered for US $7,200. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Silver Wings has announced the upcoming release of a limited edition Yak 9 M/T resin model kit in 1/32 scale.
Details about the kit are currently scarce, although it will reportedly be available some time this month with pre-orders launching “soon.” The company states “Price will go together with the announcement and possibility of placing a pre-order. For this sort of kits it typically is around 130-140 EUR including shipping worldwide.”
(Silver Wings Aircraft Models via AeroScale)
North American T-28B Trojan N194RR has hit the market. The product description states:
New to the market T-28B, 800 SMOH and 200 since complete engine IRAN with new MRB. Recent Inspection, Clevelands, Darton kits, Smoke, Air wolf oil filter and many other mods, excellent paint and interior. This is a regularly flown and ready to go T-28, motivated seller says first $219,000 takes it.
The R-1820-86B-powered machine is currently based at KLUK in Cincinatti, Ohio. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(via Trade-a-Plane Image: By Kaboldy from Wikimedia Commons)
A cold war era TS-11 Iskra Polish jet trainer (N409J) has hit the market. The product description states:
This warbird self starts easily, runs and looks great, currently registered in my name. Fully aerobatic, pressurized, oxygen, smoke system, ejection seats neutered .23 mm. cannon was removed. Switches and connectors for rockets intact. Times appx. airframe 2572, engine 471 SMOH. All logs since importation. Logs for military time for these planes are classified and not available. Copy of operations limitations, POH, maintenance program, parts manual, service manuals for airframe and engine and airworthiness certificate present. Recent paint and front windscreen. All systems tested for ferrying except landing gear swing, and we expect that would pass as it runs off the same pump and no hoses there have been opened up. Excellent inventory of spare tires. Service trailer included with a spare canopy still in the crate and a hydraulic mule .Previously IFR, would need pitot static and altimeter, transponder checks updated.
The aircraft is located at Located at MIV in Millville, New Jersey and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.
Hawker Hurricane V7497 (G-HRLI) has performed its first flight since being shot down by Bf 109s over Kent, England nearly 78 years ago.
The aircraft was manufactured by Hawker Aircraft, Ltd in mid-1940 and issued to 501 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain. It was only a few weeks old when it was shot down on September 28, 1940 – the pilot, Everett Bryan Rogers, escaping by parachute. After identification and the recovery of key components, the decision was made to restore the aircraft to airworthy condition “as a tribute to all those that stood firm during the Battle of Britain.”
The Merlin was rebuilt by Eye Tech Engineering, while the airframe was restored by the experts at Hawker Restorations along with its sister company, AJD Engineering. The process included the use of original drawings to scratch build new wings, which were fitted with reproduction .303 Browning machine guns complete with “all the adjustment mechanisms fitted internally as per the original aircraft.”
The machine performed its first post-restoration flight from Elmset and will eventually be based at Duxford as a permanent home. Click below to check out a video of the test.
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North American Harvard Mk IV S/N 20218 (N91AM) has hit the market. The product description states:
New to the market- beautiful polished exterior, short stack, detailed interior, 570 SMOH, gear doors. Same owner for past 24 years. Airframe: 4689 Hrs TTSNEW. Engine(s): P&W 1340 573 Hours SMOH by Aero Engines. Propeller(s): 573 Hours SPOH by Stockton Prop.
The machine is reportedly also equipped with avionics and support packages as well as additional equipment. It is currently located in Livermore, CA and is being offered for US $189,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(via Trade-a-Plane Photo: Bill Larkins via Wikimedia Commons)
After 14 years of “meticulous restoration work” Lysander V9312 returned to the air yesterday evening for its first post-restoration flight.
As previously reported, the aircraft (seen above in Florida prior to restoration) was originally built in 1940 and operated with 612, 225 and 4 Squadrons before being converted into a target tug and delivered to Canada in 1942, where it saw service with the Commonwealth Air Training Plan. Following its final flight in 1944, the machine was acquired by an owner in Saskatchewan and placed in storage. It was later acquired by Kermit Weeks before being passed on to the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford in 2003.
The aircraft returned to the air for its second flight earlier this afternoon and the team will reportedly be working through the rest of the air-test schedule before finishing off the last few aesthetic touches in time for its scheduled public debut at The Goodwood Revival 2018.
Click below to check out images of yesterday’s flight.
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A Northrop F-5 has hit the market. The product description states:
“Aggressors Squadron” Aircraft is not complete. It has been demilled by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Many additional parts available.
The machine is located in Campbellford, ON CAN and pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.