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Tom Reilly working his magic on the English wheel. (photo via Tom Reilly)

XP-82 Twin Mustang – December 2016 – Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews has received the latest XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration update from Tom Reilly at his workshop in Douglas, Georgia. Here’s what they’ve been up to this past month! Fuselages The team has spent a lot of time final-fitting the rotating carburetor air temperature mechanisms, along with the air intake lips and the four side panels. As mentioned last month, all[Read More…]

A vintage shot of the Commemorative Air Force's Republic F-47N Thunderbolt 44-89136. A fundraising effort HERE is now underway to get this aircraft back in the air. (photo via Augusto de León Fajardo)

A Thunderbolt Survivor’s Latin American Story

The P-47 Thunderbolt was a massive fighter aircraft by WWII standards, but it excelled in combat none-the-less. It could carry a huge payload, and was used to great effect in the ground-attack role. Despite its bulk, several of Americas top-scoring fighter pilots in the European Theatre, such as Gabby Gabreski (28 victories) and Robert S. Johnson (27 victories), flew the bulk[Read More…]

by December 30, 2016 5 comments 12 Planes of Christmas, Aircraft Restoration
Corsairs On Deck

Corsairs On Deck

Without doubt, the mighty F4U Corsair is one of the most iconic warbirds of all time. It’s brutish, but elegant lines, combined with a superb fighting record and longevity as a frontline combat aircraft have permanently etched its name into military lore. Given its position in aviation history, it seems surprising that only a couple of dozen examples still fly worldwide. This is due mainly to[Read More…]

A QF-4 Phantom flies over Holloman Air Force Base, N.M., during the Phinal Phlight event on Dec. 21, 2016. This event marks the end of the aircraft’s 53 years of service to the Air Force. (Photo by Jay Beckman / Crosswind Images)

Pharewell to the Phantom

The US Military bid a final farewell to the mighty McDonnell Douglas F-4 Phantom II on December 21st, 2016, as the last active examples were paid off in a ceremony and brief flying display under heavily overcast skies at Holloman Air Force Base near Alamogordo, New Mexico. While the Phantom II officially retired from US front line squadron use in 1996,[Read More…]

by December 22, 2016 19 comments Jet News, Videos, Warbirds News
Introducing the AVI-8 Harrier II Timepiece

Introducing the AVI-8 Harrier II Timepiece

The Hawker Harrier is one of the world’s most iconic jet combat aircraft. From its humble beginnings as the P.1127 in the late 1950s, the Harrier continues to serve at the forefront of attack aviation with the US Marine Corps as the AV-8B Harrier II, and in several other air arms around the world. The Harrier is the only Vertical Take Off and Landing combat[Read More…]