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Massive Cache of deHavilland Mosquito Plans Discovered

Massive Cache of deHavilland Mosquito Plans Discovered

An astonishing collection of thousands of microfilm aperture cards, containing secret wartime plans for the deHavilland Mosquito, one of the UK’s most innovative aircraft, has been saved from destruction. Just days before the bulldozers were due, The People’s Mosquito, a UK charity that aims to return a Mosquito to British skies, was called with news of the find. An amazing[Read More…]

by August 11, 2017 2 comments Warbird Restorations, Warbirds News
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…]

(Photo by Chris Ebdon)

Collings Foundation’s F-4 Phantom II Takes to the Skies Again!

The Collings Foundation‘s F-4 Phantom II is now the only flying example of its kind in North America. She took to the skies again in the capable hands of former US Air Force ‘Rhino’-driver Harry “D-Day” Daye at 10:50am local time on August 8th, 2017 from Ellington Field in Houston, Texas. Listed on the US civil registry as N749CF, the 1965-built McDonnell Douglas F-4D Phantom II[Read More…]

World’s Only Flyable A-26K ‘Counter Invader’ Airworthy Again!

World’s Only Flyable A-26K ‘Counter Invader’ Airworthy Again!

By Zane Adams In January 2010, a rare warbird arrived in Fort Worth, Texas after a cold ferry flight from Billings, Montana. That journey signaled the beginning of a 6-1/2 year restoration effort to return a B-26K ‘Counter Invader’ to airworthy status. On Saturday July 8th, 2017 the world’s only flyable B-26K “Counter Invader” returned to the air! 

The ‘Counter Invader’ story[Read More…]

by July 11, 2017 2 comments Warbird Restorations
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…]