The Mail Plane That Hunted Japanese Planes After Pearl Harbor
On the 75th anniversary of the Japanese attack Pearl Harbor, there was a plane with a unique story to tell. It is one of the few planes to have flown against the Japanese on that day. With its silver and orange-yellow paint scheme with a bright green tail and red trim, it wasn`t the most likely combat aircraft. It was designed to be a small airliner for transporting troops, mail, and photographers around Hawaii. It had a boat hull for landing and take-off in the water and big tires for landing and taking off on a runway. The plane was piloted by Ensign Wesley Hoyt Ruth.
Conflict-Series: A highly rated strategy game series for Android
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British aviation loyalists are trying hard to restore this vintage de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito
One of the most effective British WWII fighter bombers, the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito, was made almost entirely out of wood. The twin-engined multi-role aircraft went by the nickname `The Wooden Wonder` and was even used after the war. Only three such Mosquitos remain airworthy, though there are about 30 non-flying Mosquitos around the world. A group of aviation loyalists, the People`s Mosquito, have now come together to restore this flying machine and bring it back from the dead, War is Boring reported. This UK-based charity is targeting the restoration of an ex-Royal Air Force Mosquito which crashed in 1949. The aircraft was recovered in 2010.
50 German Focke-Wulfs that disappeared after WWII found buried under an old Turkish airport
A Turkish military enthusiast has claimed he has found the resting place of 50 German WWII fighters donated by Hitler in 1943 in a bid to encourage Ankara to join the Axis powers. The Focke-Wulf FW-190s were handed over to the Turkish air force who had only 300 pilots at the outbreak of hostilities. Turkey, in the early 1940s, attempted to avoid antagonising either side, with pilots receiving training in Britain despite accepting aircraft from the Nazis. One Turkish historian believes that of the 71 aircraft, some 50 were buried at a military base at the end of the war.
Hawker Hurricane Mk XII 5708 for sale
Fully restored Hawker Hurricane Mk XII 5708 for sale.
Inside Paul Allen`s Multi-Million Dollar WWII Airplane Collection
Paul Allen has been slowly building his 31-piece warbird collection since the 1990s. In 2004, he opened it up for public viewing and four years later moved it to Paine Field in the tech-rich Seattle suburb of Everett,Washington. This spring he opened a second hangar, adding 19 new machines. Each is in full working order, the result of reconstruction efforts that can cost millions per plane and take years to complete. His aim, he says, is to make these artifacts come to life.
Restored WWII Mosquito unveiled at de Havilland Museum on 75th anniversary of maiden flight
One of Britain`s most iconic aeroplanes, dubbed the ‘Wooden Wonder`, was rolled out of its hangar 75 years to the minute after it made its maiden flight as part of anniversary celebrations. The de Havilland DH98 Mosquito prototype, which was the subject of a five year restoration thanks to a £41,000 Heritage Lottery Fund Grant, was reprised at the de Havilland Aircraft Museum in the grounds of Salisbury Hall, London Colney. After its first flight, made from the company`s Hatfield airfield, the ‘Wooden Wonder` Mosquito became Britain`s first true multi-role aircraft and fastest operational frontline aeroplane, taking part in a number of famous operations against WWII enemy targets. The prototype, registration number W4050, was used for three years as a flying test bed for different versions of the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, which powered thousands of the Royal Air Force fighters and bombers.
Collecting funds for vintage aeroplanes: Fly as a passenger
Everyone loves watching vintage aeroplanes fly, but owning, maintaining and keeping them flying is a costly affair that requires tenacity, dedication and, to put it bluntly, money. One way of funding these preservation projects to keep these classic and vintage machines airworthy is to operate pleasure flight experiences to those who are passionate about historic aviation and that`s exactly what many flying schools, clubs and historic aircraft associations now do.
Re-built P-47 Thunderbolt to take to the skies in recreation of WWII dogfights above Cambridgeshire
A rare WWII fighter plane will return to the skies above Cambridgeshire in a recreation of the battles fought over occupied Europe 70 years ago. The P-47 Thunderbolt has been restored to its wartime condition by The Fighter Collection, a private squadron of vintage aircraft owned by entrepreneur and pilot Stephen Grey and based at historic Duxford Airfield. Having arrived in Britain in a shipping container in the 1990s, the aircraft only recently finished a series of tests allowing it to be displayed to the public at this weekend`s Flying Legends Airshow.
The Flying Heritage Collection`s rare WWII Japanese Zero fighter scheduled for a first public flight
The Flying Heritage Collection`s latest addition, a rare World War II Japanese Zero fighter, is scheduled for a first public flight in the skies of Snohomish County. The Paine Field museum`s owner, Paul Allen, acquired the Mitsubishi A6M3-22 - also known as a Zeke or Zero - earlier this year. The plane is scheduled to fly, weather permitting, along with an American Curtiss P-40C Tomahawk. The event begins the museum`s summer series of Saturday flights by its vintage military fighters.
Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik restored - From parts collected from four different wrecks
Paul Allen just added yet another rare WW2-era airplane to his Flying Heritage Collection, at Everett`s Paine Field. The collection recently started final reassembly of a Soviet Ilyushin Il-2 Shturmovik - the only one of its kind still flying. The Il-2 Shturmovik was a heavily armored ground-attack aircraft, more than 42,330 were built, making it the single most produced military aircraft design in aviation history. The Flying Heritage Collection`s plane is an Ilyushin Il-2M3. It has a 23-mm cannon in each wing and 7.62-mm ShKAS machine guns. The airplane was restored using parts from four wrecks discovered in Russia.
Restored WWII-era Stinson OY-1 Sentinel takes flight after 10-year restoration
Steve Hager on Jan. 16 caused a disruption at work when he saw a World War II plane fly overhead. He herded co-workers outside to catch a glimpse of the Stinson OY-1 Sentinel making its debut flight after a 10-year restoration. Hager was among members of the Commemorative Air Force Old Dominion Squadron at Franklin Municipal Airport who restored the plane, which had been used for observation in the Pacific during WWII. The aircraft will join the squadron`s Ryan PT-22 Recruit on tour at air shows in the region once the radios are reinstalled and the plane is put through a 10-hour engine checkup.
Rare warbird - all wood WWII de Havilland Mosquito FB 26 KA11 - gets closer to flight
One of New Zealand`s most challenging warbird restorations is inching closer to completion. The team at Ardmore`s AvSpecs has been working on the all-wood World War II de Havilland Mosquito FB 26 KA114 for 8 years and recently wheeled the warbird outside for a glimpse of the sky its restorers hope it will fly in this year. AvSpecs owner Warren Denholm is excited about where they`re at with the plane`s meticulous restoration: "They say with things like this, once they`re 90% finished, there`s still 90% to go." The owner of the plane, American Jerry Yagen who owns dozens of warbirds in his Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, US, was pleased to see the plane`s progress in the video.
Vietnam war veteran Cliff Muller restoring WWII-era Stinson 10-A military airplane
It was a Stinson 10-A military airplane called a L-9B that came out of the factory on July 14, 1941, ready to be flown in World War II. The airplane was used for military flight training until 1944. Over the decades, the military airplane deteriorated - until now. Cliff Muller, a Vietnam War veteran from Breezy Point, is restoring the airplane. The biggest challenge in restoring the airplane has been getting parts, but belonging to a national Stinson Club helps finding parts across the country.
WWII-era B26, restored in Lancaster, heads back to New York
It took more than 12 years, 12,000 man-hours and $200,000, but the B-26B World War II bomber that was restored by the local Historical Aircraft Squadron is returning to its owners. The twin-engine bomber took flight for the 1941 Historical Aircraft Group Museum in Geneseo, N.Y., from the Fairfield County Airport. The plane will be stored there by its owner, a California plane collector who contracted with the group to restore the aircraft. An operational B-26 is rare: only 47 are registered, and less than a dozen are actually flown.
Liberty Belle, a WW2-era B17 Flying Fortress, engulfed in flames after emergency landing near Chicago (photos, footage)
A vintage B-17 bomber, which was built in 1944 and flew 64 combat missions during World War II, burst into flames in a cornfield outside Chicago. The Flying Fortress, which carries passengers for $400 a seat, took off from Aurora Municipal Airport and made an emergency landing 20 minutes later in Oswego. According to FAA officials all 7 people on board the plane escaped uninjured. The plane was one of around 11 B-17`s still flying and regularly appeared at fly pasts and other ceremonial events.
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Film director Adam White raising funds to shoot series about vintage aircraft restoration
Director Adam White is attempting to raise $400,000 to film TV series about restoration of warbirds: "[The Restorers would be] more about people who do this and in many cases sacrifice lots of money, lots of time and every once in a while their lives, flying aircraft outdated by more than half century."
Fifi: The last flying B-29 Superfortress gives rides to history buffs
By the end of WWII, almost 4,000 Boeing B-29 Superfortresses had been built. Today, there`s only one B-29 still flying, nicknamed "Fifi." At a time when most vintage warplanes have retired in museums, Fifi is embarking on a new mission: offering rides to history buffs and touring the air-shows, with occasional simulated atomic-bomb attack. In its day the B-29 was the most sophisticated heavy bomber ever developed. Having a pressurized cabin and automated gun systems, the 4-engine plane could fly long distances at high altitudes - avoiding enemy fighters and anti-aircraft fire - to deliver thousands of pounds of high explosives.
For sale: Historic WWII B-25C Mitchell bomber pulled out of Lake Greenwood in 1983
For Sale: Used WWII bomber. Low mileage. Some water damage. "Skunkie," the B-25C Mitchell bomber salvaged from Lake Greenwood in 1983 and stored in Columbia since 1992, is for sale. But critics claim the historic plane should stay in South Carolina - and one of them has a personal stake: Dan Rossman was a student pilot aboard the bomber when it crashed into the lake June 6, 1944. The Celebrate Freedom Foundation, which was given the plane by the city of Columbia, S.C., in 2007, is looking to sell the bomber to a museum or other organization that can maintain and display it, preferably in the Southeast.
Commemorative Air Force restores old warbirds and offers tours (Article no longer available from the original source)
Louis Figliuolo served his country behind a 40mm pom-pom gun in an anti-aircraft battalion during World War II. After the war ended he used the GI Bill to get an education in overhaul of avionics. The 86-year-old veteran is still using his skills as part of the Florida Commemorative Air Force Wing, a group of vets and aircraft buffs who repair and preserve WW2 planes. "There are a lot of aviation museums around, but they have static airplanes. Ours are flying airplanes and meet FAA standards," explains Jim Bannerman. To raise funds the nonprofit group organises plane rides and tours - 71 similar groups have restored 100 planes to flying condition so far.
PT-19 training aircraft settles at WASP museum in Sweetwater
Homecoming came early at the National WASP World War II Museum in Sweetwater as the first aviation exhibit - a PT19 training aircraft - officially arrived. Recently, the aircraft, used to train pilots in 1943-1944, was placed in its new home in the hangar that houses the museum. The museum honors Women Airforce Service Pilots who trained at Sweetwater`s Avenger Field to fly military aircraft during the war when male pilots were overseas. The PT-19 will be one of the main exhibits for the 2009 homecoming event at the museum May 23.
Restored WW2 plane Miles Whitney Straight G-AERV only one of four (Article no longer available from the original source)
A plane that crash landed after setting off from St Angelo Aerodrome 40 years ago has been restored and is the only one of its kind in the world that is still flight-worthy. The 2-seater Miles Whitney Straight G-AERV (which rotted in a barn for decades) could now become one of the star attractions at airshows. In the 1970s, aeroplane restorer Ron Souch learned of the G-AERV. He runs Aero Antiques, a company dealing in the restoration of aeroplanes from the 1920s and 1930s era. Now he has just completed a 7-year project, involving 10,000 hours of work on the 130hp Miles Whitney Straight which has restored the plane to its former glory.
Private group restoring a World War II TBM Avenger torpedo-bomber in DeLand
Slowly but persistently, a group of aviation enthusiasts are continuing their efforts to put a WWII TBM Avenger torpedo-bomber airplane into flying condition. "It`s a long-term project," said Col. Dick Russell, former commander of the Commemorative Air Force`s Florida Wing. The restoration of the Avenger (10,000 were built, 50 survive) is the Florida Wing`s third aircraft project since the group set up its headquarters on the DeLand Municipal Airport in 1996. The CAF rebuilt two other military planes, both L-17 Navions, used to transport officers and dignitaries in combat theaters in the Second World War.
Vought Aircraft Retirees Club restores a WWII-vintage F4U Corsair fighter plane
After 4 years of labor, artisans of the Vought Aircraft Retirees Club have restored an icon of U.S. aviation history, a World War II-vintage F4U Corsair fighter plane. Working with pieces and parts from wrecked and scrapped planes and making many others from drawings, they have spent thousands of hours and hundreds of thousands of dollars re-creating a version of the gull-winged plane that Japanese called "Whistling Death." Rebuilding the Corsair, one of two great fighter planes (the other was the Grumman F6F Hellcat) that enabled Navy and Marine pilots to rule the skies in the Pacific theater, "has been a real work of love for the last 4 years," said Hank Merbler.
Record crowds at Wings Over Wairarapa air show
A nonstop spectacle of air power drew record crowds in for a weekend of aerial action at Wings Over Wairarapa. 45,000 people visited over the two days - the biggest crowd the New Zealand Sport and Vintage Aviation Society has drawn to the event. Aircraft from the 1920s to the present were in the air, including two World War Two fighters. For Battle of Britain pilot Wing Commander Alan Gawith air shows are more than just parading old aircraft: "After the war we didn`t have time to talk about what we did and even our children were reluctant to ask us questions about it."
Spitfires and Hurricanes take to the skies to prepare for the RAF`s 90th anniversary [pics]
Side by side, in perfect formation, these two old warbirds soar above the white cliffs and fields of the south coast just like they did all those years ago. These photograph shows a Supermarine Spitfire and Hawker Hurricane performing a striking aerial ballet in the East Sussex skies over Beachy Head. Back in the summer of 1940, this was a battleground. That`s why these scenes are much more than a pretty picture: They represent this nation`s darkest and finest hour. As the yearly commemorations of the Battle of Britain approach, there can be no more eloquent reminder of the heroic feats of `the Few`.
Visit two Paine Field aviation museums for historic and futuristic views of the industry
Paine Field is home to two unique aviation museums, one focused on the past and the other on the future (Future of Flight Center and Boeing Tour facility). For WWII history buffs, there is Paul Allen`s Flying Heritage Collection, containing restored aircraft such as the P-51, P-40, Supermarine Mk.Vc Spitfire, Fiesler Storch Fi 156-C2 Storch, Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3 Emil, Focke-Wulf Fw 190D-13 Dora, Messerschmitt Me 163B Komet, Fiesler Fi 103/V-1 "Buzz Bomb", Japanese Mitsubishi A6M5 Zero-Sen, Nakajima Ki-43-1c Hayabusa (Oscar) and Russian Polikarpov PO-2. It`s one of the world`s rarest collections of flight-ready World War II warbirds.
Restored World War II P-38L Lightning fighter morphs into Flying Bull
For 3 years the P-38L Lightning has been sitting in a hangar, slowly being restored bolt by bolt. One of 6 still flying, the WW2-era fighter will trade its West Texas airfield for the sleek Hangar 7 in Salzburg, Austria. It will be the centerpiece of the Flying Bulls team funded by Dietrich Mateschitz, co-founder of the Red Bull energy drink, to promote the beverage. He has collected a fleet of 34 aircraft, including a Douglas DC-6B and a B-25J Mitchell bomber. To get the plane to Austria will require a 7,500-mile journey. "I can`t have any head wind. I only have 4½ hours of fuel and the leg to Greenland takes 3½ hours," said pilot Siegfried "Sigi" Angerer.
Restoring Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Chester Nimitz`s flying headquarters
Ed Ellis steps across the National Naval Aviation Museum into the aircraft that was Pacific Fleet commander Admiral Chester Nimitz`s flying headquarters. "If this plane could talk," said the retired Navy captain, longing to hear the conversations that took place aboard the vintage PB2Y Coronado. The Coronado (the first American plane to land in Tokyo after the war) is the latest restoration project by the museum`s mostly volunteer staff, which often draw on their own military experience to make the restorations authentic. WWII veteran Les Schnyder has logged 18,000 hours as a volunteer. His niche: restoring the blimp-like air ships that escorted convoys.
Vintage warplane dealer enjoys surging prices - Growing interest in WWII aircrafts
Collecting World War II aircraft has boomed as nostalgic baby boomers seek to own a piece of their parents` WWII experience. For collectors it`s a market driven by scarcity. For example, Lockheed built 10,000 P-38s at its Burbank factory. Most of those that survived the fighting were scrapped. Today only 4 are airworthy, and a handful of others are being restored to flying condition. That supply-and-demand equation is behind the run-up in prices: Just a few years ago a F4U Corsair was worth less than $2 million, compared to $4 million today. Overall the price of collectible-condition WWII aircraft has been increasing 20% a year.
The Planes of Fame Air Show in Chino, CA - Photos of vintage warbirds
The Planes of Fame Air Show in Chino, CA was a great chance to get my fill of World War II vintage warbirds. Many different types of fighters and bombers were flying for the show including: P-51s, P-40s, P-38s, F4Us, Zeros, Val, Spitfire, Hellcat, Wildcat, Firefly, Bearcat, Fury, B-25s, and a B-17. As a bonus, there was a World War II ground reenactment (complete with battle tanks and halftracks) which provided the icing on the cake.
Paul Allen opens "Flying Heritage Collection" to public - See photos
10 years in the making, Paul Allen`s collection of vintage fighter aircraft will open to the public. His "Flying Heritage Collection" of 15 planes, mostly dating from the 1930s and 1940s, is remarkable both because of its rarity - several are the only models of their kind remaining - and its condition - almost all of them can be flown. The collection`s home in a hangar off Paine Field in Everett is set up so that the planes can be driven onto a runway. Two planes will make flights every other weekend during the summer. Currently a Mitsubishi A6M3-22 Zero-Sen, used as a kamikaze weapon, is in the last stages of being restored to flying condition.
Restoration of a WW2 Hurricane fighter - Warbird scene is a popular hobby
A World War II Hawker Hurricane is looking forward to taking wing once more in the colours of the Finnish Air Force. All it takes is the work of 6 mechanics over 2 years and 1.5 million. There are no airworthy Hurricanes left in Finland, and you have to ask: why would an Englishman want to spent such a large amount of money on behalf of Finnish aviation history? It`s a labour of love. "As a kid I used to put together scale model aeroplanes. I started flying 15 years ago," says Philip Lawton. In England the restoration of old military aircraft is a popular hobby, during the summer there can be 3 flying shows per weekend.
Vintage Havilland Mosquito bomber could be shipped out of Canada
One of only 5 World War II de Havilland Mosquito bombers left in Canada is in danger of being sold to a British buyer, aviation buff Richard de Boer warns. Hundreds of Alberta servicemen in the Royal Canadian Air Force flew the twin-engine aircraft, and one even rammed into the Calgary airport control tower during a victory tour in May 1945. This Mosquito has sat in storage since being acquired in the 1960s. Calgary`s Aero Space Museum is looking after the warplane and one of its members said that there is a deal in progress to sell it, for $1.5 million. De Boer thinks the museum wants to use some of the proceeds to restore a Hawker Hurricane, also in storage.
Vintage WWII aircraft refinishing company Midwest Texans grows
Aircraft company Midwest Texans that restores vintage World War II airplanes plans to double its size at the Huntington Municipal Airport in Texas. While some aircraft fetch lower prices, World War II collector planes often start at $300,000... so the eclectic business is bringing individuals with disposable income to the city. Aircraft "from that nostalgic era of WWII bring a lot of dads and a lot of sons out to the airport, and it generates interest in aviation," says Tim Savage, who founded Historic Aeroplane Works and Midwest Texans to pursue his hobby of vintage aircraft restoration.
Extra security over Lockheed-P38 Lightning fighter plane
Marine conservationists are considering hiring security teams to protect the wreckage of rare American fighter plane Lockheed-P38 Lightning found on a Gwynedd beach. It is the last remaining example of the aircraft in Europe. Barry Davies said there were concerns for the wreck`s safety after intense interest. A restoration team in the US has dubbed the plane "The Maid of Harlech" and hope to retrieve it. Members of The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (Tighar) visited the site to carry out a full survey. They say the plane is arguably the oldest surviving aircraft of this type - and the only P-38 Lightning in its original condition.
Shifting sands reveal World War II P-38 Lightning fighter plane
For 65 years, a World War II fighter had lain hidden under the surface of a beach where it crash-landed. But now the P-38 Lightning has re-emerged after freak weather conditions caused the sands to shift, exposing its rusting frame. The U.S. aircraft was discovered on the North Wales coast, but the location is being kept secret in case it is targeted by looters. Its remains were spotted in July, but it was thought to be an unmanned drone. However, an aviation enthusiast recognised it from a photo and contacted a group of U.S. aircraft historians. The P-38 Lightning has been id`d: It was built in 1941 and flown by Second Lieutenant Robert F. "Fred" Elliott.
French enthusiasts battle to save American World War II plane
A smashed-up veteran of World War II battles, including the D-Day landings, could finally find salvation if Bosnian authorities at long last sign the release papers. The veteran in question is a rare Douglas C-47 plane with a remarkable life story, that risks rotting away in Bosnia unless a group of French enthusiasts can rescue it. "This plane is like a hero for me. She has had an astonishing history and deserves respect. She must not be left to die," said Beatrice Guillaume, who runs a D-Day museum in Merville, Normandy. Ironically the Douglas C-47 will need the help of German troops to be loaded onto the waiting trucks.
Legendary World War II Avro-Lancaster PA474 `dive-bombs` couple
The noise of the Avro-Lancaster PA474 shocked Jim Gill and his wife, who were driving ponies in Pepperstock, when the plane dipped low in the sky. But Mr Gill was far from impressed, as his wife`s pony reared up at the noise, injuring her. When the plane returned just seconds later, the Gills were unprepared for such a display. Luton Airport told that the rare Lancaster aircraft had been on radar and was heading to a Battle Of Britain airshow in Duxford. The plane is one of only 2 Lancasters still airworthy out of 7,377 that were built. "Normally it`s a fantastic and rare thing to see and I`d probably love to see it, but not in those circumstances."
Mechanical woes end dream of finishing Glacier Girl`s mission
Mechanical problems have forced the crew of a vintage World War Two bomber to scrub plans to cross the Atlantic Ocean. The restored P-38 Lightning - called Glacier Girl because it spent 50 years buried in ice in Greenland after a 1942 crash landing — will not be able to complete a flight across the ocean to attend an air show in England. Although Glacier Girl was able to lift off, the pilot returned the plane to the airport because of continuing technical problems. "The dream everyone had for Glacier Girl has ended," Deb Mitchell wrote to aviation enthusiasts. The crew had hoped to complete the original mission known as Operation Bolero.
WWII P38 Lightning aircraft buried under 300ft of ice finally due in UK
An American fighter P38 Lightning will be arriving in Britain from the US - 65 years after taking off. In July 1942 six P38 fighter planes and two B17 bombers were forced to land in Greenland after encountering bad weather while en route to the UK. The planes became buried under 300ft of ice until 15 years ago the remains of one, renamed Glacier Girl, were dug up. The plane is expected to land within the next few days to prepare for the Imperial War Museum annual Flying Legends weekend on 7-8 July. "These aircraft made up one small part of Operation Bolero, the historically important build-up of allied aircraft in Britain ..."
Metal detector search for Mosquito bomber reaps results at Kenora Airport (Article no longer available from the original source)
Relics from the golden age of aviation may appear to be little more than junk to most but for a group of airplane buffs the quest for an old warbird buried at Kenora Airport is like digging for treasure. Kenora Aero-Modellers Club members have expanded their search for a World War II Mosquito bomber with some encouraging results. The group unearthed what appears to be a section of landing gear from the aircraft. "We hit pay dirt 25-30 feet from where we found the undercarriage," related club member Ron Baker, who credited the assistance of a city worker skilled in the use of a metal detector for the find.
Frank Kittle helps restore PBY Catalina; Saved by One in WWII
Frank Kittle feels an attachment to the WWII-vintage Navy PBY Catalina amphibious plane he is helping to restore at the American Airpower Museum. He not only flew on PBYs during the war but was rescued by one after he was shot down over the Atlantic in 1943 and drifted for 72 hours in a raft. The museum acquired the search and antisubmarine aircraft from an upstate aviation museum. The goal of American Airpower is to use the PBY as more than a static exhibit; it will be restored for ongoing flight as part of a living history program. Visitors would be able to pay to take a flight and search for a mock-up of a German U-boat.
Rare piece of Russian flight history - 1939 Polikarpov Chaika
A rare piece of Russian flight history - The 1939 Polikarpov Chaika - completed a journey from Wanaka to Wairarapa. The almost 70-year-old plane once flew at 279mph during its fighter days although yesterday the four-wheel-drive towing the machine was fixed at only 60km/h, giving onlookers more than enough time to catch a glimpse of the rare aircraft. "She was shot down in battle in 1939 in Murmask and wasn`t recovered until 1992 and then she was taken to Siberia in 1995 to be restored." The fighter plane is part of the Wanaka Alpine Fighter Collection and is flown annually at the Wanaka Air show.
Rare Douglas A-20 Havoc aircraft gets new life (Article no longer available from the original source)
The Douglas A-20 Havoc, or H model, plane was a rare warbird even in its own time, as only 412 of the combat bombers were made. Today only one is known to remain in the US, and it`s being restored at the Air Heritage Museum in Chippewa Township. Plane collector David Tallichet bought the bomber in 1980 after seeing it rusting away in Nicaragua.
Allen adds three World War II aircrafts to his collection
Paul Allen has added three World War II-era planes to his collection of antique aircraft and will display them this summer. Two planes, the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt and the Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, have been restored to original condition and went on display at Allen`s Flying Heritage Collection. A third plane, the Hawker Hurricane Mk. XIIB will go on display later this summer. The Messerschmitt Bf 109E-3, with its powerful engine and small airframe, was flown by Luftwaffe. Allied forces flew the Hawker Hurricane Mk. XIIB from the beginning of the war in 1939 through the end of the Pacific conflict in 1945.
WW2 hangar into workshop-museum to restore vintage aircraft
Great Park planners want to convert an old World War II hangar into a workshop and museum to restore and showcase vintage aircraft. Ken Smith`s initial plan had about 50 old military aircraft stationed on preserved sections. But as planners learned more about the costs of maintaining such a dispersed collection, plans for converting an old hangar into an active workshop and centerpiece for vintage aircraft began to emerge. Planners also discovered that desirable and rare older aircraft typically need to be kept inside.
Vintage P51 Mustang fighter loses cockpit cover in midflight
The glass cockpit cover of a vintage World War Two U.S. fighter P51 Mustang came off in midflight over Germany and destroyed a carry-out stand. No one was hurt when pieces of the glass covering of the single-propeller plane crashed into the roof of a house and demolished the takeaway stand. The debris missed hitting a woman by about one meter. But the British pilot of the plane carried on another 250 miles to his destination at Berlin`s Schoenefeld airport without reporting the loss of the cockpit`s glass cover. Aircraft was found parked correctly at the Air Show in Berlin but there was no trace of the pilot. The pilot is wanted for questioning.
Nazi warplane built in garage (Article no longer available from the original source)
An art teacher has built a German warplane - complete with Nazi flying colours - in his garage. It took Jim Hardie 13 years of painstaking work to rebuild the plane, designed in the 1930s by Nazi aircraft expert Willie Messerschmitt. In 1993, in a field near Prestwick Airport he found the remains of the old plane and decided to set about restoring it to full working order. The aircraft, a Nord 1101, has all the main features of its more famous sister plane — the Messerschmitt Bf 108. Jim spent the next 13 years scouring Europe for the right bits and pieces to get it working.
Otmar Gotterbarm traces fallen bombers (Article no longer available from the original source)
He was only 2 1/2 at the time, the day the giant American bomber crashed in his village in the Schwaben Mountains of southwest Germany. "Years later I went to the crash site and I found some metal shards and bullets and things. Then suddenly I felt the urge to find more about the people -- who they were, where they came from and what had happened to them." Eventually his research produced a popular book called When the Enemies Fell from the Sky (Als die Feinde vom Himmel fielen), that was published only in German.
Saving aviation history - captured Axis warplanes (Article no longer available from the original source)
David Ascher and other members of the Allied forces once feared the enemy aircraft that flew over Europe and the South Pacific during WWII. But he turned out to be their salvation when he came to the Willow Grove Naval Air Station as maintenance chief 60 years ago. He and other sailors helped save at least a half-dozen captured Axis warplanes, as well as a few American models, from the scrapheap. In 1947, he learned that 25 Axis planes were waiting to be scrapped, after they had been evaluated and tested. So, he and a colleague went there and picked out several: including a Japanese “Zero” fighter and an early-model German jet.