Aircraft Restoration

JOINT BASE ELMENDORF-RICHARDSON, Alaska -- The world's only existing P-38 G Lightning fighter sits on vigilant watch over Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson as an arctic dawn rapidly approaches, Wednesday, Sept. 26, 2012.   A P-38 G was the first airplane in Alaska to score aerial victory over Japanese in World War II.  This plane crash landed on Attu Island in 1945, was salvaged in 1998 and now resides on permanent display at 3d Wing Headquarters.  (U.S. Air Force photo by Justin Connaher)

P-38G Lightning Under Refurbishment in Alaska

The world’s last known complete Lockheed P-38G Lightning is currently under refurbishment at Elmendorf Air Force Base in Anchorage, Alaska. This aircraft served as 42-13400 in the U.S. Army Air Forces, and flew with the 54th Fighter Squadron from this very same airfield during WWII. In early January, 1945 2nd Lt. Robert Nesmith was flying the fighter on a training mission[Read More…]

CAC Boomerang prototype A46-3 in her heyday. The current owner of her remains, Rick Anderson, hopes to have her looking this smart again when he finishes her restoration to static condition. (photo via John Parker)

All Boomerangs Come Back: An Australian Fighter’s Gradual Return

The Commonwealth Aircraft Corporation at Fisherman’s Bend near Melbourne, Australia is well known for producing a number of aircraft types during and just after WWII based upon original designs from North American Aviation. One of their most famous is the CAC Boomerang, a stop-gap fighter developed from the earlier CAC Wirraway, which itself derived from the North American NA-16 (which became the T-6[Read More…]

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Lt.Loren Hintz in the cockpit of his P-47. (photo via AirCorps Aviation)

Finding Loren: The Life, Death and Discovery of a P-47 Fighter Pilot

Regular WarbirdsNews readers will remember a short piece we ran exactly a year ago HERE, which described the story of one family’s quest to discover the resting place for one of their own, 1st Lt Loren Hintz, who disappeared in his Republic P-47D Thunderbolt on April 21st, 1945 during the final days of WWII in Europe. Lt Hintz flew with the 86th FS/79th FG, and was[Read More…]

The PBY as she looked in Puerto Rico when the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Project Association acquired her in 2013. Half a work away now, in Australia, the organization has made great strides in resurrecting this ocean-going behemoth. (photo by John Richard)

Rathmines Catalina Restoration Update – June, 2017

RATHMINES CATALINA RESTORATION UPDATE JUNE 2017 by Terry Woolard / Phil Buckley and Photos by John Richard WarbirdsNews last reported on the Rathmines Catalina Memorial Park Association (RCMPA) and their efforts to restore their former US Navy Consolidated PBY5-A Catalina (Bu.48412) to static condition back in mid-2016 (click HERE). The project is located in the Rathmines area of Lake Macquarie, around 1.5hrs drive north of Sydney in New South Wales,[Read More…]

The XP-82 is getting really close to completion! (photo via Tom Reilly)

XP-82 Twin Mustang – June, 2017 – Restoration Update

WarbirdsNews has received the latest XP-82 Twin Mustang restoration update from Tom Reilly at his workshop in Douglas, Georgia, and we thought you would all be pleased to see the latest progress! Since the project is coming very close to completion, there are fewer and fewer major accomplishments that can be photographed. Therefore project updates will now come every two or three months[Read More…]