Tag Archive: Supermarine Spitfire

Mar 16 2017

Spitfire NH341 performs brief maiden flight

John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company flew a short test flight in Aero Legends’ Spitfire LF. IXb NH341 ‘Elizabeth’, which has been converted to a T.9 twin-seater. During this test, a carburettor issue was detected, bringing an end to the flight.

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Sep 20 2016

Grace Spitfire suffers light damage in landing mishap

The Grace Spitfire, one of the few remaining airworthy twin-seat Spitfires, suffered minor damage during the rollout after landing on September 15. Nobody was hurt and recent updates show that the aircraft suffered only minor damage.

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Sep 02 2016

Collings Foundation Spitfire Mk IX performs first post-restoration flights

Spitfire Mk IX BR601 of the Collings Foundation recently performed its first flights after restoration by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar. This aircraft is considered as the second production Mk IX and was restored accordingly.

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Sep 07 2015

Spitfire MJ772 badly damaged in crash-landing

Supermarine Spitfire TR.IX MJ772 was badly damaged in an accident this morning near Woodchurch in Kent, United-Kingdom. Pilot Rob Davies walked away with no injuries. The aircraft appears to have suffered engine failure shortly after take-off, leaving Davies with no other options than putting it down with its gear up in a field. The left …

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Aug 15 2015

45 Spitfires, Hurricanes and Blenheim for Battle of Britain Day Flypast !

On Battle of Britain day, September 15th, a formation of 45 aircraft will take off from Goodwood aerodrome36 Supermarine Spitfires, 8 Hawker Hurricanes and the only airworthy Bristol Blenheim. The formation will be led from the back seat of a twin-seat Spitfire by Wing Commander Tom Neil, DFC, AFC, AE, a 95-year old Battle of …

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Aug 02 2015

Spitfire Mk IX MK912 crashes at Biggin Hill

Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX MK912 was heavily damaged yesterday at Biggin Hill when it lost power shortly after take-off. Its pilot Dan Griffith managed to settle the aircraft down and limit the damage, and was only lightly wounded. The Spitfire was seriously damaged but its owners have pledged to restore it to airworthiness. Sources: The Telegraph …

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Jun 17 2015

First post-restoration flight for Seafire Mk II PP972

Supermarine Spitfire Mk III PP972 made its first post-restoration flight on Monday, June 15 with Richard Grace at the controls. The aircraft will be presented to the public at the Flying Legends airshow. Only four Supermarine Seafire are currently airworthy, with several restoration projects underway. Sources (with photos): Sim Outhouse Flying Legends Facebook page

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Mar 16 2015

Historic Flight Foundation Spitfire to tour England

Historic Flight Foundation’s Spitfire Mk IX SL633 will be heading for the UK this summer to participate in several events, notably those related to the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The aircraft will attend several of the biggest British airshows of this season: Flying Legends and Royal International Air Tattoo in July, Humberside …

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Jan 24 2015

Fantasy of Flight Spitfire Mk XVI engine runs for the first time in 17 years

When Fantasy of Flight was created, its Spitfire Mk XVI was airworthy but was rapidly grounded due to technical problems. After having been statically exposed for years, its engine was restarted on January 16, for the first time in 17 years. After some repairs and adjustments, Kermit Weeks hopes to have it flying in the …

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Jan 23 2015

Gerald “Jerry” Billing ✝

Gerald ‘Jerry’ Billing, considered one of the greatest Spitfire demonstration pilots to fly in the North American air show circuit passed away peacefully January 9th. A veteran of World War II he served 2 tours with over 250 combat sorties and stayed in the RCAF until 1964 becoming a member of Canada’s first jet demonstration …

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Mar 29 2014

Spitfire Mk Ia flies again in Duxford

Spitfire Mk Ia N3200 flew again in Duxford on 26 March 2014, flown by John Romain. It was assigned to S/L Geoffrey Stephenson who was shot down over Dunkirk in May 1940, and spent the war in captivity. Stephenson ended in the infamous Colditz castle, where he was part of the team who designed and …

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Jan 09 2014

Spitfire Mk XVIII flies again in Duxford

Spitfire Mk XVIIIe SM845 flew for the first time since 2010 on December 17 in Duxford, with John Romain at the controls. The aircraft now carries colours of a No 28 Squadron RAF Spitfire based in Hong Kong in 1950. The aircraft was rebuilt after the 2010 crash in Norway that cost pilot Bertil Gerhardt …

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Dec 03 2013

Claridon Group to back Spitfire search in Burma

Press release: Global Logistics company Claridon Group Ltd have stepped in to save David Cundall’s project to locate buried Spitfires in Burma.  After 16 years of dedicating his life to the project as well as his life savings,  David is heading back to Burma to resume excavating and finding  the Spitfires. Due to a lack …

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Jul 15 2013

French Spitfire PR.19 damaged upon landing

On July 5, Supermarine Spitfire PR.19 (F-AZJS) was damaged upon landing. According to some sources, the aircraft was landing after having experienced engine problems. On this YouTube video, it can be seen nearly nosing over on touchdown. The propeller was shattered, and the engine will have to be inspected for shock damage. Aside from this, …

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Feb 14 2013

Myanmar’s phantom Spitfires: how a legend was born

With the ongoing debate concerning the presence of crated Spitfires deep in Burma’s soil, one of our visitors, Peter, shared a link to an article from the Myanmar Times by Derek Tonkin: Myanmar’s phantom Spitfires: how a legend was born. This article provides some useful insight on how the Burmese Spitfires legend began, and whether …

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