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Classic Wings Magazine WWII Naval Aviation Research Pacific Warbird Digest
Final Cut-The Post War B-17 Flying Fortress and Survivors - 5th Edition


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 Post subject: 2018 Restorations
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 8:26 am 
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It's that time again to think about what we have to look forward to to see fly in 2018. What restorations or rebuilds are nearing completion to fly next year?

Here in the UK, we should see the Shuttleworth Spitfire V 'AR501' fly again as well as the Duxford-based Sea Fury T.20 with its new powerplant. We should also have another Hurricane, V7947, which should fly early next year.

As for America, the Twin Mustang isn't far off from first flight.

Any other rumours?


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:12 am 
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Darn, you beat me to it. Of course the big one here in the US is the unveiling of the B-17,. the Memphis Belle. Its been a long time in coming!

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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AIRCO (Dehavilland) D.H. Has a goal of flying by the end of March.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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Off the top of my head:

XP-82 Twin Mustang
Texas Flying Legends F8F Bearcat at Ezell Aviation
CAF C-47 "That's All, Brother"

AMHF PV-2 Harpoon "Hot Stuff" should be repaired and in the air again soon.

Not sure how close any of these are to flight ...

Collings Foundation F6F Hellcat at American Aero
Tri-State Warbird Museum FlugWerk FW190
Warbird Heritage Foundation FG-1D (I think that's further out than next year)
Brewster Corsair at Ezell Aviation
Kermit Weeks A-26 "Whistler's Mother" at Aero Trader
Canadian Warplane Heritage TBM
Air Heritage C-47 "Luck of the Irish"
Doug Matthews/Classic Fighters of America F-86
EAA B-25 "Berlin Express"

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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The third Mosquito by Avspecs, owned by Rod Lewis, is slated to be completed/ flying this coming spring.

In recent videos by Kermit Weeks, his A-26 Invader will be finished/ flying likely this coming spring, in-time to debut at Oshkosh.

I would expect that the FHCAM P-38J will be completed in the coming year.

On a tour of C&P Aviation in 2015, Pat Harker mentioned the F-82E project very likely being completed/flying in 2-3 years time (stated in 2015), so maybe 2018 will be the year.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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Like I say every year: The POF P-59!

Rocky and Bullwinkle wrote:
"That trick never works!"
"This time for sure! Presto!"
* * * * *
"Well, I'm gettin' close..."

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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I know of a Stearman restoration due for completion next year.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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Jerry Yagen's P-39, out in New Zealand, may also be ready for next year, though I haven't seen any pictures of it recently.

Maybe, just maybe, 2018 might also be the year TFC's FIAT CR.42 may finally fly, although I do believe parts are still too scarce to come by.

There's the BF109E out in Germany that has taxiied but not yet flown, I think. Maybe next year too.

Following the Aircraft Restoration Company's Instagram page, work seems to be flowing nicely on their Spitfire PR.XI. Maybe that might finally fly again next year.

Historic Aircraft Collection's DH-9 should fly next year also.


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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In the UK and Europe i can think of

Meier Motors Sea Fury T.20
ARCO Lysander
TFC CR.42 (fingers crossed!)
Sea Fury WG599
Hangar 10/Air Fighter Academy FW190
Spitfire AR501
Hurricane V7497
HAC DH9
Spitfire PL983
ME109E "1983"
Belgium Hawker Fury ISS
Folland Gnat F1
FM2 Wildcat G-KINL


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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We might have an update on Pioneer Aero (NZ) projects after the weekend - Wings Over NZ Xmas meetup next door, with Pioneer hangar visit :drink3:


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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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Not a restoration, but one of our hangar tenants is building a full-scale replica Fokker Dr.1 triplane which should fly in the spring of 2018.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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Also not a restoration, but ReplicAir continues to forecast a 2018 first flight for their Dewoitine d.551 reproduction.

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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1918
AIRCO (Dehavilland) D.H. Has a goal of flying by the end of March.

I banged my head several times and nothing ... could you elaborate on this one please? I like the sound of 1918. :D

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
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Airco DH.9 E8894, at Duxford: http://www.historicaircraftcollection.ltd.uk/dh9.html

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 Post subject: Re: 2018 Restorations
PostPosted: Wed Nov 29, 2017 11:20 pm 
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Anyone heard anything about Hangar 11's Spitfire Mk IX PT879? Could be seeing more progress with the sale of their P-40?

James Bradley from the CWH posts Avenger updates at this Instagram. Its strictly airplane updates so I hope he wouldn't mind the link being posted.

https://www.instagram.com/jamesbradley4041/


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