Tag: Supermarine Spitfire

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Burmese Spitfires: are they really there?

The latest news about the great Spitfire search in Burma seems quite pessimistic. David Cundall, followed by thousands of aviation enthusiasts, was hoping to locate dozens of Spitfire buried in crates in Burma at the end of the Second World War. The research team began diggin recently but has only dug up metal sheets that …

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Spitfire Mk XIX crash-lands in East Midlands

The Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust Spitfire PR.XIX (PS853) was damaged on Monday when its landing gear failed upon landing at East Midlands airport. The aircraft came to a halt on the runway, which was closed for a few hours. The pilot was unharmed, and the extent of damage suffered by the aircraft is unknown. Available photos …

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Video: Spitfire Mk IX RR232’s first flight at Filton

Uploaded by Oldham Video Productions on Youtube.

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Spitfire Mk IX flies again at Filton

The Spitfire Mk IX RR232 / G-BSRF made its maiden flight at Filton, in the UK, on December 18 with test pilot Bill Perrins at the commands. The date was also the last day of operations of Filton airport, which was definitively closed on December 18. The Spitfire had not flown in 61 years and …

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BBMF Spitfire Mk XVI flies again

The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI TE311 flew again for the first time in 58 years on October 29. It took twelve years for the BBMF team to restore this aircraft to airworthiness. Although TE311 is not itself a combat veteran, it carries the colours of the aircraft flown by Squadron …

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