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Airworthy Spitfires Album Part 01 Index

Slideshow and Pictures 1 to 3
Slideshow of: Airworthy Spitfires Album 01 ©Caz Caswell 1983-2009
Album Part 01 - Slideshow
MH434 (G-ASJV) a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXB in 222 Squadron Markings Operated by The Old Flying Machine Company - Photographed closing out the Biggin Hill Air Fair 27th June 2009
MH434 Spitfire Mk IXB (1)
MH434 [G-ASJV] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Operated by the Old Flying Machine Company - 2 of 3 Pictures - Photographed at North Weald on 13th May 1989 in 'Poirot' Episode Colours
MH434 Spitfire Mk IXB (2)
MH434 [G-ASJV] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Operated by the Old Flying Machine Company in the Colours of 222 (Natal) Squadron RAF - 3 of 3 Pictures - Photographed at Biggin Hill on 3rd September 2005. Coded BZ:D
MH434 Spitfire Mk IXB (3)

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Pictures 4 to 7
AB910 a Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb in the North African markings and personalised codes of Wing Commander Ian Richard Gleed DSO DFC while comanding 244 Wing operated by Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Flight - Picture 1 of 2
AB910 Spitfire Mk Vb (1)
AB910 a Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb in the marking of the aircraft flown by Sqn Ldr Jan Zumbach, Officer Commanding No 303 (Kosciuszko) Squadron in 1942. This was unveiled at BBMF's 50th anniversary show at Duxford on May 5th 2007. Coded RF:D operated by Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Flight
AB910 Spitfire Mk Vb (2)
PL344 [G-IXCC] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk LFIXe in authentic Post-Day markings, but with the fictitious code TL:B (the Owner's Initials) photographed at the 'Flying Legends' Air Show at Duxford on 13th July 2008
PL344 Spitfire Mk LFIXe
PS915 a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIX PR in the markings of PS888, a PRXIX of 81 Squadron based at Seletar that carried out the last RAF Operational Spitfire Sortie on 1 April 1954 - Operated by Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Flight photographed landing at Southend on 28th May 2006
PS915 Spitfire Mk XIX

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Pictures 8 to 11
MK923 [N921R] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX in the 1944 markings of 126 Squadron RAF based at Sawbridgenorth and Coded 5J-Z - Now resides at Seattle Washington- Museum of Flight but when photographed at the Hamilton International Airshow on 20th June 1982 was owned by Cliff Robertson and flown by Jerry Billing
MK923 Spitfire Mk IX
MK732 (PH-OUQ) a Supermarine Spitfire Mk LF IX in a silver colour scheme of 322 Squadron Royal Netherlands Air Force coded 3W-17 - Photographed Biggin Hill on 3rd September 2005
MK732 Spitfire Mk LF IX
TE184 [G-MXVI] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI in Free French markings - Photographed in the hangar at Duxford on 1st October 2004
TE184 Spitfire Mk XVI
SX336 [G-KASX], a Supermarine Seafire Mk XVIII built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil in the Original 1946 Markings of RN FAA 776 Squadron - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006
SX336 Seafire Mk XVIII

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Pictures 12 to 15
RN201 [G-BSKP] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIVe  41 Squadron RAF Markings as used for the the 1947 Blackpool Air Races  - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006
RN201 Spitfire Mk XIVe
PV202 aka IAC-161 [G-CCCA] a Supermarine Spitfire T Mk IX in the Markings of the Irish Air Corp it wore during the 1950's - Photographed at Biggin Hill on 3rd September 2005. Picture 1 of 2
PV202/IAC-161 Spitfire T Mk IX (1)
PV202 aka H98 [G-CCCA] a Supermarine Spitfire T Mk IX in the Markings of the Royal Netherlands Air Force H98 - Photographed at Duxford July 2007. Picture 2 of 2
PV202/H98 Spitfire T Mk IX (2)
MV293 [G-SPIT] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV displays as 'MV268' Coded JE:J which was Wing Commander Johnny Johnsons ladt personal Aircraft when commanding 144 wing. Photographed on 8th July 2006 at Duxfords 'Flying Legends'
MV293 as MV268 Spitfire Mk XIV

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Pictures 16 to 19
BM597 [G-MKVB] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb of the Historic Aircraft Company in the colours of 317 Squadron RAF Coded JH:C - Photographed at Shoreham RAFA display on 16th September 2006 - Picture 1 of 2
BM597 Spitfire Mk Vb (1)
BM597 [G-MKVB] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb in the Codes of 603 Squadron RAF for the 'Merlins over Malta' Project - Photographed at Duxford on 10th September 2005. This is a Linda Chen photo.Picture 2 of 2)
BM597 Spitfire Mk Vb (2)
AR501 [G-AWII] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc operated by the Shuttleworth Trust in 310 (Czech) Squadron RAF markings. - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 10th July 2004
AR501 Spitfire LF Mk Vc
EP120 [G-LFVB] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vb with the Fighter Collection in 402 RCAF squadron markings at Duxfords 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006
EP120 Spitfire LF Mk Vb

Except for Picture 17, Photographs are Copyright of Caz Caswell
Picture 17 Copyright Linda Chen © 2005-2010 Published with Permission

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Album Part 1 Notes and Links by Caz
Notes
Supermarine Spitfire. the eliptical winged masterpiece. Many people have covered R. J. Mitchell's master work for years in all types of media format, and for that reason, this album will not even attempt to follow suit, instead, it only covers the airworthy Spitfires that I have seen and with the exception of three also Photographed. The three for which I did not have a picture were provided by other photographers and are credited.

If it looks right, then it flies right has been said so many times; and you really cannot improve it. During the Battle of Britain, in a front line General Officers briefing on Luftwaffe tactics, Reichsmarshall Goering asked what his pilots needed to win the battle. Werner Mölders replied that he would like the Bf 109 to be fitted with more powerful engines. Adolf Galland replied: 'I should like an outfit of Spitfires for my squadron.' Goering was speechless with rage. I always found this so very amusing, but lets face it, the Spitfire was one esthetically a perfect aeroplane,

The Spitfire has, does and will capture the hearts of all that see them where they belong; in the air.
At Duxfords 'Flying Legends' held annually in July, is the show to see, smell and hear warbirds of all types. including upwards of 10 Spitfires, but not all will be in the air at once, although there is often a tail chase of 8 glorious Spitfires, usually split in to two groups; with the glorious sound of Merlin and Griffon engines. I recommend that this show is well worth a visit for this alone.

The Spitfires you will see in this album, are all flyers at the time of being photographed (except the for the 'Bonus Picture' which can only be accessed from the Slideshow - This shows an Aircraft in the early stages of restoration by 'The Fighter Collection').

To see so many Spitfires flying around the world today stands testimony for an Aircraft designed over 80 years ago, and even though it evolved over the war years from the Mk 1, up to the F24 just after the war, it still looked like a Spitfire. For a better understanding of the various differences is the Australian site of The Spitfire Association , which covers all versions and their differences; including the Seafire.

On the subject of Seafires; one is included due to its very close connection to the Spitfire; it of course being a navalised version with a tail hook for carriers. Enjoy the Pictures and also check out the links.

Links
Supermarine Spitfire - History of a Legend - Royal Air Force (part of the MoD Site)

Spitfire Society - Tribute Site

The Spitfire Site - Tribute Site

Spitfire Aircraft Production - Tribute Site

Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Type 300 Prototype K5054 (and History of the Spitfire) - Tribute Site

Pacific Spitfires - RAAF Spitfires in the Pacific War - Tribute Site

Spitfire Association - Australian Tribute Site

Supermarine Spitfire - Wikipedia Entry
Supermarine Spitfire Operational History - Wikipedia Entry
Supermarine Spitfire (early Merlin powered variants) - Wikipedia Entry
Supermarine Spitfire (late Merlin powered variants) - Wikipedia Entry
Supermarine Spitfire (Griffon powered variants) - Wikipedia Entry
Supermarine Spitfire variants: specifications, performance and armament - Wikipedia Entry

R. J. Mitchell Designer of the Spitfire - Wikipedia Entry
Supermarine - Wikipedia Entry

Rolls-Royce Merlin - Wikipedia Entry
Rolls-Royce Griffon - Wikipedia Entry
Rolls-Royce Lt - Wikipedia Entry

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