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Sunday, May 27, 2018

Special Doolittle Raiders Reenactment B-25 For Sale

Fantasy Hanger Time: B-25 for sale if you have a spare $1.4 million



One of the most well-known B-25 aircraft in the world is for sale by Courtesy Aircraft . Panchito has been the lead aircraft at many events celebrating the Doolittle Raiders in the past 10 years, Superbowl XXXIX, Indy 500, Preakness Race and NASCAR races.


$1,400,000 for aircraft and extensive spares package. The FAA has recognized the historical value of many former American military aircraft and has granted approval for many aircraft that do not hold a Standard certificate to operate for historic flights and training under a special program called Living History Flight Experience.
The LHFE program sets specific requirements and approval for operators of these aircraft to receive compensation for the use of the aircraft. (The current owner can assist a buyer with many options available for continuing a LHFE program with Panchito).


2950 TT Since Total Restoration
Wright R-2600-35
LH 400 hrs SMOH by JRS
RH 400 hrs SMOH by Cascade Engine Service
Dual Wulfsberg WT-200 Comm Transceivers
Dual King KNR-630 Nav Receivers
King KDF-805 ADF
Appareo Stratus ESG Transponder with ADS-B out
King KA-25A Audio Amp
King KXP-750 Transponder
King Glideslope Receiver
D120-P2-T Encoder
Dorne and Margolin ELT
Avionics Master Switch


Recent brakes
Norden Bomb Sight
Martin Top Turret
3) 50 Cal Nose Guns
(4) Fuselage Pack Guns with rare original metal enclosures
(2) 50 Cal Waist Guns
(2) 50 Cal Tail Guns
Removable tail gunners enclosure for photography


Propellers: Hamilton Standard 23E50-473/6359A-18
LH 480 hrs SMOH
RH 400 hrs SMOH
AD 81-13-06 inspection completed April 2015/2017


Spares and Support Equipment Package included-(approximate list- not complete for reference only)
5 engines including one removed in operational condition
Towbar with Bombay rack
Midtime complete propeller assembly
Tires, wheels and brakes
Engine accessories including mags, carbs, pumps, spark plugs, stacks
Main Landing gear and many landing gear parts
Engine mount
Airframe spares- fuel senders, relays, switches, Avionics, instruments and much more
Manuals and Special Tools
Fly Away Tools and parts kits
The spares and support equipment would fill a large trailer and would be invaluable to keep this historic aircraft in the air
Aircraft has an FAA Approved Inspection and has just completed the current phase
New glass installed 2006
All controls recently recovered with Poly Fiber
Wing and Tail Angles have been inspected and changed as needed in 2013
Landing gear upper casting SB inspection done
All control cables replaced
Aircraft was restored by Tom Reilly and first flight was in 1986
Polished Aluminum with Stars and Bars-good condition, lower wing surfaces painted silver
Redone in green primer-good condition.


Courtesy Aircraft is located on the Greater Rockford Airport (RFD) in Rockford, IL.
Our facility is easily accessible by air or by road. Stop in or call (800) 426-8783 to schedule a visit. Courtesy is in the Northeast corner of the airport just east of the taxiway to runway 19. RFD Ground control 121.9 will be happy to direct you.

B-25s took the Fight to Japan

On December 21, 1941, two weeks after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, US President Franklin D. Roosevelt told the American chiefs of staff he wanted Japan bombed as soon as possible. Following the shock of Pearl Harbor, American morale needed a boost. It would also be good to shake the Japanese faith in their leaders’ ability to protect them.
In January, Captain Francis Low came up with the concept for what would become the Doolittle Raid. Having observed Army bombers, he believed they could be launched from aircraft carriers. It would enable a bomb load to reach Japan from a long distance away from the American fleet.
The raid was planned and led by Lieutenant Colonel James “Jimmy” Doolittle. A pioneering aviator, Doolittle had made tremendous contributions to instrument-based flying. He instigated moving away from the limitations imposed by using human senses in high-speed aerial combat.
The B-25B Mitchell medium bomber was chosen for the mission. The best aircraft for the job, the B-25B needed to be fitted with extra fuel tanks for the unusual long-range mission. Other modifications included removing a gun turret, adding de-icers for the long high-altitude flight, and adding extra blast plates.
On April 1, the 16 modified bombers, each with a five-man crew, and their support staff were loaded on board the USS Hornet. The next day, the Hornet and its accompanying task-force set out. On the 17th, the ships received the last load of fuel from slow tankers, then raced west at 20 knots toward their launch point in enemy-controlled waters.
On the morning of the 18th, a Japanese picket boat spotted the American task force and radioed an attack warning. The American ships quickly destroyed the vessel.
Rather than let the Japanese make use of their warning, Doolittle decided to launch the raid ten hours early. It meant flying an extra 170 nautical miles.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Collage Course for Drone Pilots

Top Thumbs: drone pilots learn to fly at Aurora College Unmanned aircraft have proven invaluable for mapping inaccessible landscapes in Canada’s North. How one college is working hard to meet the demand for pilots. Jennifer Goldberg February 2, 2018 Maclean’s Education Hub » Students and teachers in the Aurora College Drone Program. (Photo by Jiri Raska) A motorcycle races along the ice road from Inuvik to Tuktoyaktuk, a black speck against a white landscape. As the bike speeds toward the horizon, the camera swings up and out to reveal a breathtaking aerial shot of the famous road and the perfect, pillowy tundra that surrounds it. It’s just one of the stunning scenes Inuvik filmmaker David Stewart was able to capture for an upcoming documentary, thanks to drone technology. “We fly drones to capture wildlife and landscape [on film] to add an extra dimension to our stories,” he says. As a producer for the Inuvialuit Communications Society, a production company, Stewart employs a licensed drone operator to record his images. But as the demand for unmanned air vehicles (UAVs) grows in the North—and in Inuvik in particular—he decided it was time to get his own training. When he heard about the three-day drone training course offered by Aurora College last September, he signed up. “It was a fascinating course,” Stewart says. “It was very technical. I didn’t realize there would be so much flight physics involved.” Many drone enthusiasts aren’t aware of airspace rules and regulations, or that Transport Canada requires most drone operators to apply for a certificate to legally fly UAVs. “They share the same airspace as every other air operator in the sky,” says Sterling Cripps, founder of Canadian Unmanned Incorporated, the company that teaches the course. “Drones are highly technical machines that are subject to mishandling and failure.” In each class, Cripps asks his students to look up drone fails on YouTube.


The seemingly endless supply of footage of UAVs crashing out of the sky and bursting into flames hammers home his message that drone flyers need to understand their machines and how to use them safely. The course covers topics like aerodynamics, reading aeronautical charts, and air laws and regulations. At the end, Cripps offers an optional hands-on component, where students can test what they’ve learned and get some pro feedback. There are a lot of experienced pilots up north, Cripps says, “and they have a lot of talent. There are people up there who are leaders in this field.” As developing drone technology makes it easier and more affordable to use UAVs for commercial and recreational purposes, Cripps has seen course enrolment skyrocket. He developed the curriculum in 2009 with just 20 students enrolled. This year he taught 600 people across Canada, from RCMP officers and land surveyors to commercial photographers and part-time hobbyists. Demand for UAVs is particularly high in remote northern communities like Inuvik, which is located two degrees above the Arctic Circle. “Transport Canada needed to map out airports in the area and, if we had had our operating licences in place, we would have scored this huge project.” says Stewart. “But instead, southerners came up to do the work.” Matthew Dares, manager of the technology development for the Aurora Research Institute, a division of the college that supports scientific work in the Northwest Territories, brought Cripps to the school in an attempt to satisfy the increasing need for local licensed operators. His team uses UAVs to capture images to help create 3D models of swamps, gravel pits and other inaccessible environments. “The areas are remote and hard to access, so having more trained people in the community allows us more flexibility,” he says. There are other challenges to flying in the region. Inuvik is in restricted airspace, which means even recreational drone operators need to know how to communicate with Transport Canada while flying. Then there’s the weather: rain, wind and extreme cold make it especially difficult to fly. Cripps instructs students on the right equipment to allow drones to fly in lower temperatures. Dares says the feedback from the course has been positive, and he plans on bringing Cripps back to Aurora in the near future. The college also plans to offer the course at their Yellowknife campus. “There’s a growing interest in the region in wanting to become freelance drone pilots,” Dare says. As for Stewart, he’s keen to put his new drone knowledge to work on an upcoming TV series collaboration with APTN. “On the darkest day of the year, the sun doesn’t come over the horizon here but the sky just glows pink and purple. It’s beautiful. I look forward to using a drone to capture that.”