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Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 (K9942) at Cosford - Click for Full Image

At the RAF Museum, Cosford, they received Supermarine Spitfire Mk1 (K9942) from Hendon in December 2002. This aircraft has recently been beautifully restored to its 1939 appearance when it was allotted to 72 Squadron. It was on permanent display at Hendon from 1971 to October 1997. The restoration was undertaken by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society and included replacing the bulged cockpit canopy with an authentic straight sided one and removing of an armoured windscreen. This aircraft was often flown by Flying Officer James Nicholson during its operational career with 72 Squadron, he was later awarded the only Fighter Command  Victoria Cross.

 

(Picture March 2003)


 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk5b (BM597/G-MKVB) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Supermarine Spitfire Mk5b (BM597/G-MKVB) is painted in the colours of 317 (Polish) Squadron with which it served in 1942. It first flight following restoration by Historic Flying Limited was in 1997 and it is operated by the Historic Aircraft Collection.

(Picture March 2003)


 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk5b (EP120/G-LFVB) at Duxford - Click for Full Image

Supermarine Spitfire Mk5b (EP120/G-LFVB) is painted as 'AE-A' the 'City of Winnipeg' in the colours of of 402 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force. The Seen at the Flying Legend 2002 Air Show at Duxford this aircraft actually served with 402 Squadron in 1943 and 1944 and is operated by the Fighter Collection at Duxford. The wings on this Spitfire are clipped to increase roll rate and manoeuvrability at low level. This aircraft was used in the 2002 film "Dark Blue World" which told the story of Czech pilots flying RAF Spitfires in WWII.

(Picture July 2002)


 
Supermarine Spitfire MkVb (BL614) at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon - Click for Full Image

Supermarine Spitfire MkVb (BL614) was supplied to 8MU at RAF Little Rissington in January 1942. It then served with 611 Squadron at RAF Drem, Edinburgh and ,following damage, returned to RAF Drem to serve with 242 Squadron. In August 1942 it moved with 222 Squadron to RAF Biggin Hill in Kent to cover Dieppe landings, returning soon after to RAF Drem. In the March of 1943 it joined 64 Squadron at Ayr and six months later moved on to 118 Squadron at RAF Peterhead. In November 1943, it joined the No.2 School of Technical Training at Cosford and the following month moved on to the No.6 School of Technical Training at RAF Hednesford in Staffordshire.  Nearly five years later it joined the No. 7 Recruits Centre at RAF Bridgenorth before taking on Gate Guard duties at RAF Credenhill, Hereford in 1955. It was used as a ground airframe in the 'Battle of Britain' film before spending time at RAF Colerne and RAF St Athan. In 1980 it was put on display at the Manchester Air & Space Museum. Following restoration by the Medway Aircraft Preservation Society in arrived at the Royal Air Force Museum, Hendon in October 1997. It is displayed in the colours of 222 RAF Squadron.
 

(Picture November 2002)


 

Supermarine Spitfire MkVc (AR501) of the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden - Click for Full Image

Airworthy Supermarine Spitfire MkVc (AR501) of the Shuttleworth Collection at Old Warden was built at Yeovil, Somerset by Westland Aircraft in June 1942. It served with 310 (Czech) Squadron at Exeter, Devon before joining 312 (Czech) Squadron later the following year. Similar to the Sea Hurricane IB at Old Warden it served as a ground instructional airframe before joining the Shuttleworth Collection in 1961 and was restored to an airworthy condition for 'The Battle of Britain' film.

(Picture May 2001)


 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk8c (MV154/G-BKMI) - Click for Full Image

Pictured at Flying Legends 2002 in the centre of the picture is Supermarine Spitfire Mk8c (MV154/G-BKMI) is painted as MT928 of 145 Squadron. It is based at Filton, Bristol. In addition, to Spitfire Mk5b (EP120/G-LFVB) above this aircraft was also used in the 2002 film "Dark Blue World".

(Picture July 2002)


 
Supermarine Spitfire Mk9e (MK912/G-BRRA) - Click for Full Image

Pictured at Flying Legends 2002 is Supermarine Spitfire Mk9e (Mk912/G-BRRA). This aircraft flies in the colours of 64 Squadron. Restored and operated by Historic Flying Limited at Duxford, this aircraft's first flight following restoration was in September 2000.

(Picture July 2002)


 

Supermarine Spitfire Mk9 (MH434) on the flightline at the Classic Airshow at Coventry in May 2003 Air Display. This is one of the Breitling fighters operated by the Old Flying Machine Company at Duxford and is painted in it's authentic 222 Squadron livery. This aircraft looks largely the same as it would have done in 1944 when it flew from Hornchurch, Essex and undertook 79 sorties during World War Two. After the war it served with the Royal Netherlands and Belgian Air Force before returning to the UK in 1956. It was acquired by the Old Flying Machine Company in 1983 and was subject to a major rebuild in 1995.

(Picture May 2003)

 
 

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