Fantasy of Flight founder Kermit Weeks has released a new video featuring the unboxing of a Bf 109 project he acquired from 109 restoration specialist Don Bradshaw in recent years.

The crate reportedly contains a wrecked Bf 109 downed in WW2 and is a “project waiting to be restored.” The video shows Kermit and his crew unpacking the crate, going through the contents and revealing a “big decision” about the restoration.

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A 1966 Bell UH-1H Huey helicopter (S/N 66-1080) has hit the market. The listing states (in part):

The helicopter has been restored to static display condition that can be placed at a museum or used for parades, it does come with transmission and rotor components but it does not include the engine ,42 deg gear box and shafts as they are not needed for static display. The helicopter is currently 95% completed and will be finished by the time the listing ends so, the helicopter will be sold ready for display, there will be nothing that the buyer will need to do except the installation of the blades…

The listing also states, “this helicopter is for static purposes only, most of its components are not airworthy. To include transmission, blades,main and tail rotor components.” It is located in Tampa, Florida and is currently being offered for US $62,000, although the seller notes that “other aircraft and cash” will be considered. Click here to check out the complete listing.

AZ Model has released a new Hansa Brandenburg B.I series 76 kit in 1/72 scale.

The offering (AZ7606) reportedly includes plastic parts, photo etched and resin details, color instructions and marking options for four machines.

Click below to check out the product page and livery profiles.

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A Beech D18S project aircraft has hit the market. The listing states:

Selling project aircraft due to recent relocation for work, great project aircraft for any Beech 18 enthusiast!! No reserve on auction, first bid gets it. Logs are complete from 1970 through 2001, however some logs are missing from 2001 – 2009 (last flight 2009). Additional logs also exist from 1952 – 1970s. I have the airworthiness certificate and I am working with local FAA DAR to register the aircraft and prep for a ferry flight certificate.

The machine reportedly has an airframe total time of 7500 and is equipped with R985 AN14Bs engines with times of 250 and 850 SMOH. It is located in Toledo, Washington and is currently being offered for bidding. Click here to check out the complete listing.

E-Flite is gearing up to release a new 80mm F-4 Phantom RC model in both BNF and PNP versions.

The offering is described as an “Extra Scale replica that delivers incredible performance in a great handling model.” Features reportedly include removable ordnance and tanks, strut covers, molded-in panel lines, LED lights, full-flying stabs, flaps and sequenced nose gear doors. Power is provided by a factory-installed high-power 6S-compatible brushless inrunner motor and 100-amp ESC.

The BNF version also includes a Spektrum 6-channel receiver with DSMX technology, optional-use SAFE Select flight envelope protection and AS3X technology offering “unmatched stability and precision.”

The BNF model is currently slated for release in late March, while the PNP version is set for release in late April. Click below to check out a video overview.

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An “award winning” North American T-6G has hit the market. The listing states:

The Next T6-G that will sell. Reduced for quick sale. AFTT: 10606 Eng: SMOH: 946. Fresh SAFO inspection IAW Covington 15007, oil Lab since 2007, running strong. All the Mods, Garmin 696 WX, 430 WAAS GTX330, Nice cockpits, beautiful restoration. Red Line brakes, smoke, Jasco etc. Owner to focus on less warbirds and getting family aircraft. Stored in heated Private Hangar KDXR. Military logs, manuals available. Prop and Gov. just overhauled by calendar and owners commitment to safety. Fresh Annual underway and fresh 411/413 checks. Reduced from 249K.

The machine is located in Danbury, Connecticut and is currently available for US $189,000, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

Fantasy of Flight owner Kermit Weeks has launched a new (hopefully monthly) video series dubbed “Kermie Q’s” which sets out to answer popular questions asked by viewers of his YouTube channel.

The newly released first episode focuses heavily on his his P-51C, which has proven to be his most viewed video series, although a number of additional topics are also covered. Click below to check it out.

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Yesterday, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s (BBMF) Spitfire Mk XIX PM631 returned to the air for the first time sine 2014.

The aircraft was originally built by Vickers-Armstrong in 1945 but did not see action in WW2. In 1951 it was assigned to Meteorological Research Flight and conducted temperature and humidity flights until 1957, when it became part of BBMF. It went on to fly in the 1968 film Battle of Britain and currently wears the colors of 541 Squadron, which performed photo reconnaissance over Europe from early 1944 to the end of the war. The machine was grounded in 2014 and fitted with an overhauled Griffon engine.

Yesterday’s flight was conducted by Sqn Ldr Mark Discombe, who described the machine’s handling as “sweet.” Click below to check out a video of the flight.

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The Aircraft Restoration Company (ARCo) has announced that Spitfire T.9 PT462 “Indy” “is in need of some TLC” following a gear up landing earlier today.

The incident reportedly occurred during an ARCo flight to Denham Aerodrome. Both the pilot and co-pilot were unharmed, although the aircraft sustained damage that will be evaluated upon its arrival back to ARCo’s Duxford facility.

The machine was originally built as a single-seat HF IX in 1942 and went on to serve with 253 Squadron in the Mediterranean as well as the Italian and Israeli Air Forces. Its remains were recovered from Israel in the early 1980s and transported to Winchester, UK, where it was rebuilt by Charles Church – being converted to a two-seat T.9 in the process. [continue reading…]

A “beautifully restored, ready to fly” 1954 Harvard Mk IV is available for sale. The listing states:

Serial # PC513331; Registration # N52494; Features Include: Polished aluminum exterior, 5000 hours Total Time, 490 Hours since Engine Overhaul, KY195B Nav / Com, KT76A Transponder, Northstar M1 GPS, New Warbird Intercom, Pre-Oiler, Cleveland Brakes, Polished Propeller, Prop Spinner, New Seats, Like New Glass, Original exhaust plus a custom exhaust!

The aircraft is located in St Louis, Missouri and is currently being offered for US $185,900, although bids are also being accepted. Click here to check out the complete listing.

(Photo: Bill Larkins via Wikimedia Commons)