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WARBIRDS and MATHEMATICS - an engineering approach to a better understanding by OPERATION ARK.

August 2015
"This project "Operation Ark" is being setup to bring to life the extinct or very rare aircraft from the war eras, where we have only partial or wrecked examples left or even none at all.
Have you ever wanted to peel away the external skin of an aircraft and wondered what was going on underneath, well this project intends to do that. Opening up the core of the aircraft mechanics, hydraulics and electrical systems so anyone can study the design in detail. The nuts, bolts washers; all accurately depicted as per the original designs."

Learn More and support this fascinating project at Hugh's TechNotes | Historiacal Aviation | Operation Ark

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BARN FIND! 5x Hispano Buchon HA-1112-M1L (Messerschmitt ME-109G)

Barn Find Messerschmitt ME-109

August 2014
5xBattle of Britain Messerschmitts and a Spitfire AVAILABLE FOR SALE at Platinum Fighters

In 1942 the Spanish government arranged a manufacturing licence with Messerschmitt AG to build the Bf 109G-2, with DB605A engines, propellers, instruments, and weapons to be supplied from Germany. This proved impossible, as Germany was incapable of meeting her own needs, let alone Spain's. Only twenty-five airframes (minus their tails) and not even half the necessary drawings were delivered.

Post World War II, production resumed on the Buchón's and the final variant was the HA-1112-M1L Buchón. It first flew 29 March 1954. The 1112-M1L was equipped with the 1,600 hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 500-45 engine and Rotol propeller, both purchased as surplus from the UK. This engine had a chin intake, that altered the lines of the Bf 109's airframe visually. Its armament consisted of two 20 mm Hispano-Suiza 404/408 cannons and two Oerlikon or Pilatus eight-packs of 80 mm rockets. It remained in service until 27 December 1965.

The HA-1112-M1L's remained in flying condition until the mid-1960s. This made them available for theatrical use, masquerading as Bf 109's in movies like The Battle of Britain.

These examples are HIspano Aviacion HA-1112 M1L's. These aircraft were last flown in the Battle Of Britain film in 1968. Upon completion of the filming of the Battle Of Britain they were disassembled and shipped to Texas where they have been in storage for 45 years.

Platinum Fighters always have the best and rarest warbirds available for sale, currently the have Spitfires, Hurricane, BF-109's, P-51's, P-38, FW-190, TBM, C-46, T-28 + Jets + Projects including a Grumman F9F, a Curtiss P-40N and A De Havilland Mosquito. Check them out at PlatinumFighters.com


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RARE CORSAIR RETURNS!

28 March 2014
Birdcage F4U-1 Corsair - SAVED JUST IN TIME

Work is progressing on the F4U-1 recovered from the main island of Vanuatu - Efate. This Corsair was long a tourist attraction, but would not have remained for much longer. As you can see from the photos above, there was not a lot left of it. Years of salt water combined with people removing many parts and sections left very little to be recovered. This is a great example of a warbird being saved just in time before there was nothing left. Now there will be a static Corsair for many people to enjoy. It is currently under restoration at the Classic Jets Fighter Museum in Adelaide Australia. This Corsair joins their already impressive fleet that includes a P-38 and P-39. Let's hope that more of these abandoned aircraft are recovered before it's too late. Photos - Classic Jets Fighter Museum

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Spitfires in Crates

10 Jan 2014
For David Cundall - THE SEARCH GOES ON!
The search for an alleged cache of Supermarine Spitfires buried in Burma will reportedly continue, with new financial support from Claridon Group Ltd.
David Cundall began his search for the buried aircraft in 2012, following 16 years of research on an unidentified number of Spitfires believed to have been buried at the end of WWII in Burma. The project was originally supported by software producers Wargaming.net, however the financial support was withdrawn when the initial search turned up no results.
After hearing about Cundall's situation, Claridon has now committed to providing the funding to allow the project to continue. Claridon has a HQ located in Stanford-Le-Hope, Essex and also has an office in Burma.

Cundall showed no doubt in his belief that there are Spitfires still waiting to be found, commenting, "I am extremely grateful to Claridon for saving the project and providing the funding for the project to continue. Without their support, I wouldn't be heading back to Burma to finish the work I started all those years ago. Being experts in Global Logistics as well their 20+ years experience in military logistics, the Spitfires could not be in better hands when they are eventually shipped back to the UK." Source & read More at flyer.co.uk

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Buried Spitfires

One British Farmer Found 20 Spitfires Still Buried In Their Shipping Containers From 1945

When David Cundall was 47, a friend passed along a comment he heard from a group of U.S. veterans who said they buried a fleet of World War II Spitfires deep in the Burmese jungle to hide them from Japanese troops. Adam Lusher at The Telegraph spoke to Cundall, now 62, and not only has the British farmer been searching Burma (Myanmar) for the past 15 years, going there a dozen times, and running his savings down by more than $200,000, he says he has actually found the planes. Somewhere in the jungle, still crated, with their wings folded back along their bodies, covered in grease and wax paper, sit 20 brand new Spitfires buried in their original shipping crates — and Cundall knows right where they are. The Americans buried the planes, covered them with 40 feet of soil and assumed the British would be back later to dig them up and wipe them off, but the RAF never bothered. To get rid of the "surplus war machinery" many carrier crews were ordered to push the old planes off the deck and into the sea or send them to the scrap metal yard. Read more at BusinessInsider.Com

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Still Looking For Buried Spitfires - This time in Australia

Today, WW2 warbirds are rare and expensive. The high price is determined by the extremely limited supply mixed with the high demand. There was a time when there were thousands of them around and demand was low. In accordance with the lend lease agreement most allied countries disposed of surplus aircraft after the war. Most planes were melted down and turned into housing and other much needed goods. Some never made it to the scrapyard and that is why "Bush Tales and Urban Legend" keep treasure hunters looking for these elusive aircraft. There is just enough information to spark a hunt in Oakey QLD, AUS, but nothing has been found yet. Follow the hunt here
http://www.brokenwings.com.au/
For More Australian War Dumping Grounds Click Here
Article in the Australian NewsPaper

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aircraft dumping australia

16 January 1946
Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Pyrmont

NO. 14 WHARF PYRMONT, NSW. SOME OF SIXTY ROYAL NAVY BARRACUDA AND AVENGER AIRCRAFT (PART OF LOT TOTALLING 720 AND VALUED AT FIFTEEN MILLION POUNDS) THAT WERE TO BE DUMPED FROM HMS PIONEER, A ROYAL NAVY REPAIR CRAFT, INTO THE OCEAN OFF NSW. THE ONLY EQUIPMENT REMOVED PRIOR TO DUMPING WERE COMPASSES, CLOCKS AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS. UNDER THE LEND LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES, ANY MATERIAL BRANDED "USELESS" WAS TO BE DESTROYED. (PHOTOGRAPHER L. CPL E. MCQUILLAN) AWM 124813

 

 

16 January 1946
Australia: New South Wales, Sydney, Pyrmont
NO. 14 WHARF PYRMONT, NSW 1946-01-16. RN SAILORS, MOST OF WHOM WERE NOT OFFICIALLY ON DUTY, ENJOYING THEMSELVES SMASHING HOLES IN THE WINGS AND FUSELAGES OF ROYAL NAVY GRUMMAN AVENGER BOMBER AIRCRAFT. THESE AIRCRAFT WERE TO BE DUMPED FROM HMS PIONEER, A ROYAL NAVY REPAIR SHIP, INTO THE OCEAN OFF NSW. PART OF LOT TOTALLING 720, AND VALUED AT FIFTEEN MILLION POUNDS, THE ONLY EQUIPMENT REMOVED PRIOR TO DUMPING WERE COMPASSES, CLOCKS AND OTHER INSTRUMENTS. UNDER THE LEND LEASE AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES, ANY MATERIAL BRANDED "USELESS" WAS TO BE DESTROYED. (PHOTOGRAPHER L. CPL E. MCQUILLAN) AWM124819

The Search Goes On - Prepare to battle Cannibals, Sharks, Governments and Mother Nature.

Warbird dumping sites exist in many places along the Australian Eastern Seaboard. We know that F4U Corsairs have been recovered close to the beach on the Sunshine Coast, just north of Brisbane QLD with hundreds more unfound. The proximity to the beach leaves hope that more will be recovered. Advances in technology will make them easier to find in the future years but it is expected that the corrosion of 57+ years will have catastrophic effect on the airframes.

The desire to find these gems fuels many people searching for these warbirds lost in time. Recently a F4U Corsair was salvaged from the main island of Vanuatu, Efate. The pilot had not managed to reach the airfield which was several miles away and instead parked it in a mangrove near the beach. Although being a tourist attraction with the rising water levels from El Nino climates and global warming the detioration of this wreck has accelerated rapidly and the F4U would not be there in 50 years. The land owners and the Vanuatu Cultural Society were paid and the aircraft was removed.Removing wrecks is always controversial, especially if it is a war grave site. Government teams are required to return the lost soldier to his home. It is exciting to find a site and it is also great to see them put into a museum for all to see. The argument of "take or leave" will continue for ever with very strong arguments on both sides and governments begining to have a stronger opinion on the subject. The PNG Government has tightened it's stance with hundreds of aircraft still unfound in it's jungles. Recently the B-17 "Swap Ghost" was recovered back to USA after a battle lasting several years. The Solomon Islands have made it illegal to remove any war artifacts which will assure the ongoing tourist trade with Guadalcanal battlefield tours proving a popular entry on peoples bucket list.

There is no question that the aircraft dumped off Sydney would be well on thier way to disolving by now. Fishing trawlers have pulled up corroded engines from Corsairs and and other parts off NSW. It makes you wonder what fishing trawing is doing to the ocean environment and not just fish stocks - you could imagine that engine would be quite embedded into the sea floor after all those years. It would be fantastic to find these dumping sites - they are not war graves, but undeserving resting places for machines that were also on the front line. These aircraft should be in museums and my back yard, not at the bottom of the ocean.

People search for shipwrecks all the time, now is the time to stir enthusiasm of the treaure hunter within all warbird enthusiasts to pick up the search if they have the means. There is information and links here regarding possible offshore dumping sites of these planes. Although it is believed that many of the carriers dumped their load as soon as land was out of sight rather than going all the way to the designated dumping sites. Thus the planes are some where between the harbour and the designated site. A good knowledge of the currents and a strong budget would obviously pay a return with a Discovery Channel documentary and hundreds of aircraft to sell / donate to museums. In the USA, the Goverment have realised the importance of these artifacts to it's history and culture, so they have authorised A&T Recovery to recover planes that had crashed into Lake Michigan during WW2 aircraft carrier training. Being fresh water these aircraft were in reasonable condition. A portion of the aircraft recovered are retained by A&T as a fee for the recoveries. Hopefully an interested, capable party can come to a similar agreement with the NSW government and these aircraft can be recovered. The number of planes should hopefully make up for the salty resting place. View the PDF regarding NSW dumping sites here and BEGIN YOUR SEARCH NOW!

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View Lend Lease Dumping First Hand
"Million Dollar Point" Espiritu Santo - Vanuatu

When the war ended, the US government sold off most of its aircraft as scrap or surplus. In cases where they the sale didn't go through the equipment was dumped.

Espiritu Santo - Vanuatu was one of the major bases for the US Pacific Forces and it is not surprising that these people had no use for most of the military equipment. It was dumped just offshore at what the locals now call "Million Dollar Point" for obvious reasons. For a small fee you can Scuba dive or snorkel around this fascinating site. It gives you a small idea of what the dumping sites off Sydney and Queensland must be like.

Trip Advisor - Million Dollar Point

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brewster corsair

From Swamp To Airshows - Brewster Built F4U Corsair 

A Brewster built versions of the F4U Corsair designated F3A-1 was recently sold by Platinum Fighters for 300k USD that was barely more that and airframe and skin. It had languished in a swamp for many years and now will be restored with help from the Connecticut Corsair Project.

Over 700 F3A-1 Corsairs were built by Brewster of which none made it to the front line due to the poor production techniques that forced the company out of business.With all other Brewster built F3A-1 Corsairs melted into hubcaps after the war, it will be the only Brewster Corsair in existance. Rest assured it will be re-built better than it originally was.

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Red Tails Flops?

The 2012 release of "Red Tails" has been widely anticipated by the warbird community. But don't expect that it will be released in all countries at the cinema's. Whilst the story of the Tuskegee Airmen is culturally significant, GeorgeLucas has not managed to capture the essence of the struggle for rights and respect as well as HBO had in their 2 part special. The magic of ILM has provided us with some of the best ETO air battle scenes that we have ever seen.

Regardless of some reviews and the eventual decision not to release in some major countries - this is a fantastic movie. The release of the BluRay Disc will be much anticipated for those who didn't have the oportunity to see it on the big screen.

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Reno Air Races Receive Conditional Approval for 2012

The Reno Air Racing Association has received a conditional approval to hold its annual races, provided it obtains insurance coverage of at least $100 million.The races should be held from September 12 to 16. The RARA will also respond to seven security recommendations made last month by the NTSB. An in-house panel of aviation experts was also created to investigate the incident and come up with more recommendations to improve the safety of the event. These increased safety measures are the result of the tragic accident of September 16, 2011, that cost the life of Jimmy Leeward and eleven spectators, while injuring another 69. Source: EAA

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harrier for sale

Take your Wife To Dinner In Harrier jump Jet

For Sale now at Everett Aero in the UK is a BAe Harrier T8 two seat trainer. This would have to be the most desirable as you can take a friend or some luggage. There are already Harriers flying in Private hands and Everett Areo wants you to be next. The have Harrier Jump Jets, Sepecat Jaguars, Helicopters and many other hard to find toys for hard core pilots / museums and megalomaniacs alike.

Check out their website for your next aircraft purchase.
http://www.everettaero.com/

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werribee b-24


 

Werribee B-24 Future Unsure?

6 May 2012

The only B-24 Liberator bomber in Australia, and one of only eight left in the world, is currently being restored in a Werribee hanger. Within two years this hanger will no longer exist as the site is earmarked for public housing. Photographer Ken Irwin spent a day in early May observing the volunteers who spend their spare time restoring the beautiful old plane in 'Australia's biggest men's shed'. http://b24australia.org.au

See a great video on the restoration here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q3vvDWS74Yo

Source: The Age Photo Ken Irwin

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