Japanese N1K1 “Rex” restoration by American Aero Services

At American Aero Services, the restoration of a Japanese Kawanishi N1K1 Kyofu “Rex” is about to begin. This aircraft known as “Rex” 565 was part of the 951st Kokutai (Air Group) at the tail end of WW2. Its role with the Imperial Japanese Navy was to be a floatplane fighter. It is believed that less than 100 airframes were built.

This aircraft was 1 of 4 that were brought back to the United States for technical evaluation.

After the evaluation, the aircraft was displayed at Willow Grove NAS from 1946 until 1982 when it placed into storage by the National Museum of Naval Aviation. Now in the possession of American Aero Services, this aircraft will be restored for display purposes.

This should be an amazing restoration to follow.

Fantasy of Flight unboxing of a Spitfire Mk.XIV

If you have never been to Fantasy of Flight, there are a few stacks of containers on the field that are/were used for storage of aircraft. Aircraft in these containers include Kermit Weeks Lancaster, P-47 and this Spitfire Mk.XIV. These containers are starting to have issues so there has been some unboxing on the field.

The P-47 was unboxed a few months ago and I posted pictures of this aircraft a few weeks ago.

The Spitfire unboxing was recorded and posted on Facebook.