The left wing of the Mustang clearly showing the Italian Air Force roundel.

Italian Air Force F-51D Mustang Recovered From Lake Garda

On December 2nd, as reported by Giornaledbrescia, the Associazione Volontari del Garda (Garda Volunteers Association) recovered the substantial remains of an Italian Air Force F-51D Mustang from Lake Garda in northern Italy. This aircraft crashed into the lake on August 7th, 1951 following engine problems, sadly taking the life of its pilot, Lt. Paolo Tito. The Garda Volunteers had originally rediscovered wreck in April,[Read More…]

by December 6, 2016 0 comments Aviation Museum News, Recovery
Lucky Lady during the dismantling process this April in Franklin, Virginia. (photo via Reevers)

Neglected B-25 to Resettle in Australia

For more than a decade, a forlorn B-25J Mitchell 44-31508 has sat more or less abandoned and exposed to nature at an airfield in Franklin, Virginia. Many have tried in vain to do something positive to help the aircraft, but a complicated legal dispute has made doing so next to impossible for a very long time. And so the tired bomber has sat,[Read More…]

Work is carried on around the Super Constellation. (Qantas Founders Museum photo)

Qantas Founders Museum Super Constellation Progress

Back in September, 2014, WarbirdsNews reported on the Qantas Founders Museum in Queensland, Australia as having successfully acquired a Lockheed Super Constellation for its collection (read HERE). The aircraft has been quietly mouldering away for the past twenty five years in a disused part of the Manila International Airport in Manila, Philippines. Due to its somewhat dilapidated condition and remote location, the Qantas[Read More…]

Work continues on Columbine II in Marana, Arizona. (photo by Gregg T. Williams via Dynamic Aviation)

Columbine II – Update

WarbirdsNews has another brief update on progress with Dynamic Aviation‘s evaluation of VC-121A Constellation Columbine II in Marana, Arizona. In a recent email to Columbine II’s owners, Dynamic Aviation’s Karl Stoltzfus stated, “We have found the airframe to be in quite good condition with very little corrosion but with the normally expected things that you would find with an airplane that was[Read More…]

by March 26, 2015 5 comments Articles, Recovery, Warbird Restorations
The crew from Dynamic Aviation and the Mid America Aviation Museum pose in front of Columbine II shortly after sunrise as they began work on the former presidential transport. (photo via Scott Glover)

Lockheed Constellation Columbine II – Progress Report

WarbirdsNews has been following the developments concerning Columbine II, the Lockheed C-121A Constellation used by President Eisenhower. We are sure many of our readers are just as interested. As we reported HERE in mid-February, Karl Stoltzfus, and his company Dynamic Aviation of Bridgewater, Virginia are evaluating the aircraft with a view to purchasing it, and returning it to flying condition. On March 8th, Stoltzfus and a team[Read More…]