Aircraft Restoration

Desert Rat has received her fuselage insignia, painted on the fuselage prior to receiving camouflage, just the way Boeing did it during wartime production. (photo via Vintage Aviation Museum)

The Desert Rat – Restoration Update

As many readers will be well aware, there are several different Boeing B-17s under restoration to fly right now. Perhaps the boldest of these projects though is Mike Kellner’s effort in Morengo, Illinois to restore Boeing B-17E 41-2595, a combat veteran Flying Fortress that once bore the nicknames Desert Rat and Tangerine. As we have reported previously, Kellner found the aircraft in[Read More…]

by October 17, 2017 0 comments Aircraft Restoration
Beach City Baby awaiting her engine start. (photo via Vintage Wings, Inc.)

Restore the Roar – Help Get a WWII Veteran C-53 Skytrooper Back in the Air!

Back in May, 2016, WarbirdsNews published a story HERE about Jason Capra and his efforts to save a forlorn WWII-veteran Douglas C-53 Skytrooper 41-20095 that he found sitting, more or less abandoned, at a grass strip in Beach City, Ohio. The aircraft has a fascinating history, both from its military service, then later as a civilian airliner and VIP transport afterwards (details[Read More…]

by October 10, 2017 0 comments Aircraft Restoration
The Movie Memphis Belle's nose art, while similar to that worn by the original Memphis Belle, shows its differences clearly. (photo via NWM)

B-17G “The Movie” Memphis Belle Flying High, Again

Movie “Memphis Belle” Flying-High, Again by Austin Hancock As most readers will know, the famous, combat-veteran Boeing B-17F Flying Fortress known as Memphis Belle (Serial 41-24485) is undergoing restoration to static-display status at the National Museum of the United States Air Force, in Dayton, OH. While this occurs, the B-17G marked in her honor as “The Movie” Memphis Belle (Serial 44-83546, N3703G)[Read More…]

by October 3, 2017 6 comments Aircraft Restoration, Airshow News
de Havilland Sea Hornet F.20 TT193 while owned by Spartan Air Services circa 1950. The remains of this aircraft will form the basis of an airworthy restoration soon to start at Pioneer Aero in New Zealand. (photo via Richard de Boer)

Sea Hornet Resurrection – de Havilland’s Finest Fighter Set for Rebirth

Sea Hornet Resurrection by Richard Mallory Allnutt Pioneer Aero in Auckland, New Zealand recently announced that they have acquired the substantial remains of de Havilland Sea Hornet F.20 TT193, and will be restoring this unique ‘survivor’ to flying condition. They will be working with Aerowood, a company already hard at work building wings for deHavilland Mosquito FB.VI PZ474 currently coming together at AvSpecs Ltd.[Read More…]

by October 2, 2017 7 comments Aircraft Restoration
The Invader during the disassembly process at Archerfield, near Brisbane, Australia. (Photo via Reevers)

Douglas A-26 Invader Movements Downunder

Reevers Warbirds has commenced the move of their Douglas A-26C Invader from Archerfield Airport in Brisbane, Queensland to her new home at Parafield Airport in Adelaide, South Australia. This Invader once flew with the US Army Air Force as 44-35898, and technically became a B-26C in 1948, along with the other Invaders remaining in the U.S. inventory, following the retirement of the Martin[Read More…]

by September 26, 2017 0 comments Aircraft Restoration