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PostPosted: Fri Dec 20, 2013 9:44 pm 
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I heard a rumor that G-ACZE might be headed this way but I am so glad to see that it's been confirmed! I just knew Jerry wouldn't be able to stay away from such a beautiful aircraft; by all accounts G-ADDD was his favorite to fly in the collection.

The SE-5A under rebuild there- is that the same one he's had for a while, or a new acquisition?

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I think he's had it a while and finally working on it. Not 100% on that.

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Sell a Rapide, buy a new one with the same paint scheme. That's... interesting.

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Very few Rapides available in the world and only one was for sale. :wink:

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New Facebook page showing lots of updates going on!

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The items currently in the Projects gallery have been moved into the warehouses to make room in the hangar for annuals. They have a bunch of planes to get ready for the airshow in May and Proms in June. So, those are on hold for a little while.

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Jerry's Tony has arrived in New Zealand for restoration:
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Will it be a flyer or static restoration?

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I think flyer, but don't quote me just yet.

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Built to flying, if its AvSpecs doing it. Question is: do they have enough of the Japanese engine to do a rebuild, or do they substitute a DB601?

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Here's a sick idea: Stick an R-2000 on all these static air frames and make flyable Ki-100s out of them. :supz:

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Dan K wrote:
Here's a sick idea: Stick an R-2000 on all these static air frames and make flyable Ki-100s out of them. :supz:

http://www.asisbiz.com/il2/Ki-100/Kawas ... ord-03.jpg


Or see if an Allison can fit inside the cowling specs.

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The aircraft had been at Precision Aerospace since at least 2004, undergoing restoration to fly. Back in 2008, it was reported by Philip Makanna that there were four different Ki-61 airframes at Precision, with the most complete example being Kermit Weeks', which was being used as a "blue print"/guide to help in the restoration of Yagen's aircraft and the others (it was said at the time, that among the four airframes, two would be flyers (Yagen/Weeks), one would be restored to static, and another which didn't have a client/buyer at the time). It was said that Yagen's Tony would be the first to be completed/flown and would be powered by an original (then recently found) Ha-40, the variant of the DB601 built under license by Kawasaki. The wings for Kermit Weeks' Ki-61 have actually been in storage at Fantasy of Flight in Florida, so I don't know if that project actually will be going any further once Yagen's is completed.

I know HARS has at least a couple Tony projects as well, and they have this Ha-40 engine that used to be at Precision: https://www.flickr.com/photos/38049473@N00/356832932/ (among reportedly other surviving Ha-40's they have) and they too say that they will have an Ha-40 engine powering their flying Ki-61 restoration. http://www.warbirdsnews.com/warbird-res ... kshop.html

Kawasaki, in Japan, has a very impressive, complete, Ki-61 on display (recently re-finished), as well as a very complete and well preserved Ha-40 engine on display:
https://2.bp.blogspot.com/-Dwv4gLPdhJg/ ... rminal.jpg
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Maybe when this project is completed, Yagen will also be inspired to have his Oscar reproduction finished/flying as well? Also I'm really looking forward to seeing Yagen's P-39 completed at Pioneer Aero (just across from Avspecs), where it has been for the past couple years or so - it too was at Precision, undergoing restoration to fly, for what seemed like an eternity. From what I recall, Yagen has Pioneer working on it as a priority project to get completed/flying ASAP, and Pioneer will turn their attentions to his Kingfisher after the P-39 is finished.

With various projects leaving Precision, I wonder where that leaves Yagen's and Kermit Weeks' Corsair projects, or if they'll be remaining at Precision. I know Yagen has/had an F4U-1D and FG-1A projects said to be at Precision, and Kermit Weeks has had the center section for his FG-1D at Precision.


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Great to see that the Tony is getting some work done.

We Just Recently had a new Fokker Dr1 https://www.facebook.com/FighterFactory/photos/pcb.1353757294710517/1353757244710522/?type=3&theater
and a SE5a http://imgur.com/gallery/yBNXK arrive at the museum. They are now in the Fighter Factory getting ready for display.

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John, thanks for that very informative update. I should've PM'd you for details! Progress pics of the P-39 were recently posted on Facebook but for the moment I can't find them.

WOTP - thanks for the update!

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