Yesterday, newly restored XP-82 Twin Mustang S/N 44-83887 (seen above) returned to the air for the first time since December 14, 1949.

As previously reported, 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.

Click below to check out the full announcement as well as a photo of the machine returning to the air.

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A vintage McDonnell F-101 Voodoo cockpit trainer with ejection seats has hit the market. The listing states:

This is a training station, has both ejection seats with the cylinders that eject them. Has rear instrument panel. Has a simulated front instrument panel. Great item for the Military USAF collectors man cave.

The trainer is located in Kansas and is currently available for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

A Bristol Fighter reproduction has hit the market. The listing states:

1980 Reproduction by Vernon Olmert, Originally built for “High Road to China” One of six aircraft built in 1980 with steel tube fuselage and Ranger engines. This aircraft is N47HC serial number 4 issued an experimental airworhiness certificate 6-20 -80. This aircraft is professionally constructed and covered in Ceconite fabric with buterate dope finish. This is a high quality WW-1 aircraft that seats two people and has a dependable power plant. Interesting trades welcomed

The machine is located in Sonoma, CA and is currently being offered for $129,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Image: James Hurley [Public Domain], via Wikimedia Commons)

An “in annual” DC-3/C-47 has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

“Released from military service 1958 and transferred to the FAA; Transferred from FAA to the USDA in 1966; Transferred from the USDA to the County of Monroe, FL (Date unknown); Released from Government service and transferred to Howe Enterprises 1998; Transferred from Howe Enterprises to Heartland Air Museum 2012; Transferred from Heartland Air Museum to current owner California Machinery Services, Inc. 2016”

The machine is located in Pasadena, California and is being offered for US $198,500. A great deal of additional information is available along with the listing, which can be found here.

Following the release of their new tool Series 1 Hawker Tempest Mk V last month, Eduard has announced the upcoming release of Series 2 in 1/48 scale.

The kit (82122) will be offered as a ProfiPack edition with paint masks, pre-colored photo etched parts and Cartograf decals for six machines. The company also states that there are some improvements in the plastic frames, which will be described in the new year.

The kit is currently slated for release in February. Click below to check out additional images.

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Three C-47/DC-3 aircraft have hit the market.

The collection reportedly consists of three airframes (C-47-DL S/N 9053 – N47FJ, C-47B-5-DK S/N 14511 – N51938 and DC-3-455 S/N 6325 – N486C) as well as six PW R1830 engines.

According to the descriptions, N47FJ was constructed in 1943 and served with the US Army Air Corps in Algeria as well as with the 9th Air Force in England, where it flew sorties in support of the D-Day landings. It last flew in 1990 and has a TTSN of 22,322.75.

N51938 was built in 1944 and originally delivered to the US Navy, serving as an executive transport. It last flew in 1982 and has a TTSN of 21,259.

N486C was built for American Airlines in 1942, but ended up serving with Air Transport Command during WW2. It was later acquired by Eastern Airlines. It last flew in 1990 and has a TTSN of 48,962.

The aircraft are located in Missouri and carry a list price of $135,000 for all three machines. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Image: NASA via Wikimedia Commons)

Hobby Boss has released their new tool B-24J Liberator model kit in 1/32 scale.

The new kit (83211) reportedly includes detailed fuselage and wing with accurate design, finely detailed cockpit and gear cabin, grooved rubber tires and PE parts. Three marking options are also included which recreate S/N 44-40674 “Going My Way,” S/N 42-109816 “War Goddess” and 44-40927 “My Akin ?.”

Product Page (GBP 149.99 or about US $189.63 Additional Information via Hobby Boss)

For his latest installment of “Kermie Cam,” Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has released a new version of his North American AT-6 flight while providing a full review of the machine’s cockpit and a voice-over of the flight, which includes a couple of rolls, 4 point roll and snap rolls.

This particular machine is a AT-6D painted in the colors of the Womens Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) and featuring their mascot “Fifinella” on the cowling.

Click below to check out the new video.

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Modeler extraordinaire Tom Grigat has returned with a new stop motion animation video detailing his construction of Aerobase’s 1/160 Etrich Taube.

The model consists of brass parts and represents the structure of the unique Austrian design, which was introduced in 1910 and saw military service as a training and reconnaissance machine. Regarding the Aerobase kit, Grigat states:

It’s completely assembled without any glue used and is more some kind of a little trinket than a scale model. But it shows the beautiful construction of the aircraft – and the propeller rotates by blowing at it…

Click below to check out the video.

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A 1954 Yak-11 project has hit the market. The listing states:

Project, Not A Crash. 1954 Yak 11. Build A Mustang Eater. All Parts Except No Main Gear Legs. Many NOS Parts.

The machine is located in Corona, California and is currently being offered for US$98,000. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Top Image: TSRL via Wikimedia Commons)