Travel Air Mystery Ship S/N RC-2002 (N613K), described as “a unique, one-of-a-kind, record breaking airplane” has hit the market. The listing states (in part):
On the 5th August 1930, the aeroplane was flown by Pancho Barnes to capture the Women’s Air Speed record at the Los Angeles Metropolitan Airport, breaking the record previously held by Amelia Earhart, raising it to 196.19 mph, Barnes broke the record by nearly 14 mph, making four passes over a measured one-mile course at a level of 150-160 feet. This aircraft has also been flown by many of aviation’s greatest including Howard Hughes and Paul Mantz.
The airframe reportedly has 0 hrs since “world class restoration” by JME Aviation Ltd. The 425 hp Wright R760(J-6-7) engine and Hamilton Standard 5406AL propeller are also said to have 0 hrs SMOH/SPOH.
Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Photo: San Diego Air and Space Museum Archives via Wikimedia Commons)
An item described as an “early Spitfire/Hurricane aircraft camera” with “no major faults normal wear & tear” has been spotted on eBay. The listing states (in part):
This 12v camera preceeds the 24v and was fitted to the Spitfire & Hurricane in the second world war. Model G45; Ref.no lens 14a/1398; Body 14a/1389; Serial.no lens 4694; Body 4680; Maker Williamson Mfc co ltd, London & Reading. The lens is in good condition and not cracked, it comes complete with the original case as shown.
The camera is located in Ormesby St Margaret, UK and is being offered for £350, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.
HpH Models has released new images detailing the interior of their upcoming 1/32 C-47 model kit.
As previously noted, two kits will reportedly be made available, beginning with the C-47 and followed by a DC-3. The company states that it is currently finishing work on the C-47, although additional details, including pricing and full kit contents, remain a mystery at the moment.
The kit will reportedly be available to purchase at the Telford show. Click below to check out additional pics.
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A rare 1947 Fiat G-46-3B (S/N 44-MM-52-801 / I-GIGE) has hit the market.
The example of the Italian military trainer is reportedly powered by a 225 hp Alfa Romeo 115ter and includes a Becker Comm, “good condition” stock military interior and Regia Aeronáutica markings. Spares are said to include a new engine, new fuel pump and six sets of tires.
The machine is currently being offered for €225,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(Photo: Fabrizio Berni via Wikimedia Commons)
Freightdog Models has announced a Supermarine Seafire Mk.Ib model kit in 1/72 scale.
The offering, which is described as “a cooperation with Kovozavody Prostejov,” will reportedly be a “complete kit,” wit injection moulded HQT plastic, additional resin conversion parts and Fantasy Printshop decals for two early and late schemes.
It is hoped to be a Telford 2018 release. Click below to check out livery profiles.
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A historically significant example of the F-14 Tomcat has arrived at its new home at the Museum of Flight in Rome, Georgia.
The aircraft (B/N 164346) “Sweet Little Miss” was delivered to the US Navy in February 1992 and went on to participate in Operation Iraqi Freedom serving aboard USS Abraham Lincoln and USS Theodore Roosevelt. On June 28, 2006 it became the last Tomcat to operationally land aboard an aircraft carrier with pilot Lt. Chris Rattigan and RIO Lt. Paul Dort at the controls. In September of that year it performed its final flight during delivery to the Virginia Aviation Museum in Richmond.
Following the museum’s closure in 2016, the aircraft, which was on loan from the National Museum of Naval Aviation, was acquired by The Museum of Flight. It was cleared for disassembly for movement in November 2017 and reportedly arrived at its new home earlier this month.
Click below to check out photos of the Tomcat on the move.
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The National Museum of WWII Aviation in Colorado Springs, Colorado is offering a “one of a kind” clock made from an engine blower (Diffuser) from an actual WWII Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double Wasp engine.
The clock, which appears to bear an image of a P-47 and its center, is described as being “for the collector” with documentation and rare provenance. Proceeds will reportedly benefit the museum’s free K-12 Stem Educational Program.
The clock is currently available with a starting bid of $300. Click here to check out the complete listing.
The Commemorative Air Force has reported that their B-24 Liberator “Diamond Lil” returned to the air for the first time in over two years on October 22.
As previously reported, the aircraft (AM927) was delivered to the British in May 1941 and transferred to Trans World Airlines (TWA) to conduct training of RAF pilots out of Albuquerque, New Mexico. A landing accident shortly thereafter resulted in the bomber being returned to Consolidated in San Diego. In July 1942, it returned to service as the C-87 Liberator Express prototype, acting as a personnel and equipment transport and test platform. Following the war it was modified with long RY-3 nose and PBY nacelles and saw further use as an executive and personnel transport. It was acquired by the CAF in 1968.
The machine was grounded in 2016 for work that included an interior restoration and the overhaul of three engines. It will reportedly make its first post-restoration appearance at the Wings Over Dallas WW2 airshow this weekend.
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A 1942 Mitsubishi A6M3 Zero (S/N 3858 / N553TT) has hit the market. The listing states:
Legendary WWII fighter aircraft – Original, salvaged airframe recovered from New Guinea – Detailed logbook listing all work and certifications – Original Nakajima Sakae engine available – Movie Star with combat history – Located in CA, USA
The machine reportedly underwent a “historic and authentic restoration using original engineering drawings (set of original Zero blueprints)” and returned to the air in 2000. It is marked as AI-112 and finished in the colors it wore for the film Pearl Harbor, where it flew some 55 hours for filming. The machine is reportedly fitted with a Pratt & Whitney R-1830 engine modified in order to fit without unduly changing the cowling lines of the Zero – however, as stated above, an original Nakajima Sakae engine is reportedly available.
Pricing is available upon request. Click here to check out the complete listing.
(via Trade-a-Plane Photo: Frank Kovalchek via Wikimedia Commons)
Boeing Stearman A75 N1 N75160 (S/N 75-2224) has hit the market.
The listing states that the machine has a total time of 2862.0 with a “fresh annual inspection.” Engine time is listed as 762 and prop time as 71.
The machine is located in Uvalde, TX and is currently available for US $78,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.