Fantasy Of Flight

A closer view of the partially re-assembled Tempest V, EJ693. Restoration magician, Andy Salter, is already hip deep into the restoration of this gem.  (photo by Moreno Aguiari)

Tempest Fugit – The Resurrection of Two of Hawkers’ Finest Fighters

Tempest Fugit – The Resurrection of Two of Hawkers’ Finest by Richard Mallory Allnutt The Hawker Tempest is one of the most revered ground attack aircraft of WWII, and yet so few of them survived beyond the mid-1950s. Despite several efforts to resurrect one of the awesome beasts to airworthy condition over the past four decades, none have made it past[Read More…]

Scaled-Down Fantasy of Flight Museum Reopens to the Public

Scaled-Down Fantasy of Flight Museum Reopens to the Public

Kermit Weeks reopened his Fantasy of Flight museum to the general public this past weekend, although on a much smaller scale. The original incarnation of Fantasy of Flight closed to all but private events last April. Mr. Weeks has some big plans ahead for his aviation-themed attraction, but he is holding back on announcing those plans until they are ready[Read More…]

Fantasy of Flight, End of an Era

Fantasy of Flight, End of an Era

The L-1 in flight today over Central Florida 
(Image Credit: Paul Stecewycz)

Fantasy of Flight’s Stinson L-1 Flew Today!

After a very long restoration project and recent FAA sign off, a Stinson L-1 Vigilant owned by Kermit Weeks’ Fantasy of Flight Museum of Polk City, Florida took the sky today for the first in years. Other than some minor teething issues that one would expect with any first flight, the plane performed admirably and spent 25 minutes in aloft.[Read More…]

Sikorsky S-43 N444 at Brazoria County Airport in Texas, where it has been hangared since 1988.
(Image Credit: Karen Nutini)

Howard Hughes Sikorsky S-43 Heading to Fantasy of Flight Collection in Florida

This week, Kermit Weeks of Fantasy of Flight of Polk City, Florida will be heading to Texas with a crew of technicians to begin disassembly of Sikorsky S-43 N-440, once owned by Howard Hughes. Hughes had the plane built in 1937 for an intended record-setting around the world flight, but delays in flight approval from the Civil Aeronautics Authority (the[Read More…]