Regrettably, there are fewer than 10 of these presently flying worldwide. While most survivors have found their place in museums, it is quite rare to witness them grace the skies during airshows. The captivating allure of their unique design is immeasurable, making it even more extraordinary to stumble upon an opportunity to purchase a fully restored Lightning. The reality is that there are very few restoration shops with both the willingness and the capacity to take one on. One shop however, in Australia, has already proved its mettle by taking on three of these complex aircraft, the first of which is to be delivered to its museum customer shortly.
SOLE SURVIVOR FOR SALE! This stunning early WW-II bomber is the sole airworthy survivor of the very distinctive Avro Anson Mk.I, an aircraft of massive significance to the British Commonwealth at the beginning of World War Two.
The Republic P-47 Thunderbolt was one of the most significant fighter aircraft to go into combat during WW-II but sadly, despite over 15,000 being built, barely a dozen remain in flyable condition worldwide today. And unlike the Spitfires, Mustangs and Kittyhawks that they fought alongside, there is no move to rebuild Thunderbolts in anything but drip-feed numbers in 2022. So when a P-47 appears on the market in any condition at all, it is a rare occasion.
This high spec., practical, four seater has enjoyed several modifications to provide more Bf109 appearance, and improved performance IO-540 and Hartzell 3-bladed propeller. Excellent maintenance history etc. Located in N.Z. - Price slashed by $50K.
A genuine Pacific Theatre combat veteran, which served with the highly revered RAAF 75 Squadron. After three decades of abandonment in the jungles of Papua New Guinea, it was rescued and restored, long enough ago to have demonstrated just how well that job was done! This aircraft embodies the impressive 'convertible' two seat configuration, created on this very airframe by the engineers at Pioneer Aero Ltd., the world's foremost P-40 restoration company.
This is an opportunity to acquire a WW-II aerial combatant so rare that for many years, and indeed in most quarters even to this day, it is thought of as an extinct species, but for a couple of underwater 'corn-flakes' wrecks. In fact if you go to find it among lists of surviving Japanese WW-II aircraft, you will not find any reference to any surviving examples at all.
Perhaps the most iconic of all light recreational and training aircraft 'The Cub' has appeared in a great many interations since the release of the parasol Taylor E-2 'Cub', which in a couple of small steps, jumped from the Taylor J-2, and then the Piper J-3, considered by most to be the 'standard' Cub which was built in significant numbers through the 1930s.
1941 FLEET FINCH - SUMMER IS COMING! We've owned this delightful vintage biplane for over a decade but the hangar keeps filling up with other machines so it's time for her to go.
This was one of two Yak-3s produced from Yak-11 airframes back at the Yakovlev factory during the 1990s, for a UK based consortium. This one was completed by Pioneer Aero Restorations at Ardmore, Auckland in April 2005 and enjoyed an active flying career which included many airshow performances before it was famously damaged in a high-profile accident at the Wanaka Airshow in 2018.
Low time, very high quality scaled replica produced from Jurca MJ-8 plans. Built in Switzerland, then shipped to New Zealand.
Mid-life engine, ceconite control surfaces, judged to be one of the nicest flying Nanchangs in the country (by someone who has flown them all). VHF, TXP, new ADSB, ELT, smoke system. Long history of activity within NZ, located at Omaka (since 1995).
The Sopwith Scout, more commonly known as the Pup, is one of the most admired and appreciated of WW-I aircraft. As an early participant in the Great War, it was known for its pleasant and honest controls, never better described than in Arthur Gould-Lee's autobiography 'No Parachute' in which he conveys eloquently the pure delight of demonstrating a new Pup above his home base.
This magnificent specimen is the sole airworthy example of just two survivors. Flown by great Australians, Kingsford Smith; Percival and owner P.G. Taylor. Looking for the right home for a national treasure that happens to also be a practical, reliable, pristine, touring aeroplane.
These are fascinating aircraft and combine several factors that have great appeal to many aviation historians and enthusiasts. For admirers of WW-I aircraft this has to be the best looking Great War machines of them all. I think of the Bristol as a truly 'handsome' aircraft.