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Slideshow and Pictures 1 to 3
Slideshow of: Airworthy Spitfires Album 02 ©Caz Caswell 2010
Album Part 02 - Slideshow
JG891 [G-LFVC] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk Vc in 249 Squadron markings with Serial JK879 and Coded T:B - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legands' on 7th July 2007
JG891 Spitfire LF Mk Vc
PS853 [G-RRGN] a Supermarine Spitfire PR XIX in 18 Squadron Markings owned by Rolls Royce - Photographed at PS853 [G-RRGN] a Supermarine Spitfire PR XIX in 16 Squadron markings Coded C owned by Rolls Royce - Photographed at Duxford Flying Legends on 8th July 2006
PS853 Spitfire PR XIX
TA805 [G-PMNF] a Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk IX in 234 Squadron Markings - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006
TA805 Spitfire HF Mk IX

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Pictures 4 to 7
P7350 as L1067 XT:D a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IIa in 603 (City of Edinburgh) Squadron Markings and is part of the BBMF - Photographed at Royal Air Force Waddington on 1st July 2006
P7350 as L1067 Spitfire Mk IIa
NH188 [CF-NUS] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX in 416 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force Markings - Photographed circa 1964 Photographer and Location Unknown Part of the Caz Caswell Archive
NH188 Spitfire Mk IX
TD248 [G-OXVI] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVIe in 41 Squadron Air Race Markings Coded D - Photographed at the Shoreham Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) display 30th August 2003 (Picture 1 of 2)
TD248 Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (1)
TD248 [G-OXVI] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk XVIe in 74 Squadron 2nd Tactical Air Force Markings - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' 8th July 2006 (Picture 2 of 2)
TD248 Spitfire LF Mk XVIe (2)

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Pictures 8 to 11
PL965 [G-MKXI] a Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XI in 16 Squadron Markings Coded R - Photographed at the Shoreham Royal Air Force Association (RAFA) display 16th September 2006
PL965 Spitfire PR Mk XI
ML407 [G-LFIX] a Supermarine Spitfire T9 Mk IX in 485 [New Zealand] Squadron Markings Coded OU:V - Photographed at Biggin Hill on 2nd June 2007
ML407 Spitfire T9 Mk IX
MK297 [NX9BL] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXc in spurious RAF Markings - Photographed at Hamilton International Airshow on the 17th June 1989
MK297 Spitfire LF Mk IXc
MV154 [G-BKMI] a Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk VIIIc in the Marking of MT928 of 145 Squadron Royal Air Force Coded ZX:M - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006.
MV154 Spitfire HF Mk VIIIc

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Pictures 12 to 15
MK356 a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IXe in the Markings of 443 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force Coded 21-V  and is part of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 7th July 2007
MK356 Spitfire LF Mk IXe
AR213 [G-AIST] a Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk 1a in the Markings of 57 OTU Royal Air Force Coded as JZ-E the Personal Aircraft of Flight Lieutenant James Harry 'Ginger' Lacey and owned by Sheringham Aviation - Photographed at the Shoreham RAFA Air Show on 30th August 2008.
AR213 Spitfire LF Mk 1a
SM845 [G-BUOS] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIIIe in the Markings of 32 Squadron Royal Air Force Coded GZ:J - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006
SM845 Spitfire Mk XVIIIe
MJ627 [G-BMSB] a Supermarine Spitfire T9 Mk IX in the Markings of 441 [RCAF] Squadron Royal Air Force Coded: 9G:P - Photographed at RAF Waddington Air Show on 7th July 2006.
MJ627 Spitfire T9 Mk IX

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Pictures 16 to 19
PM631 a Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX in the Markings of 541 Squadron Royal Air Force - Part of the Royal Air Force Battle of Britian Flight (BBMF) - Photographed on approach to Biggin Hill on 3rd June 2007
PM631 Spitfire PR Mk XIX
SM969 [G-BRAF] a Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIIIe in the Markings of 28 Squadron Royal Air Force Coded: S - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 13th July 2008.
SM969 Spitfire Mk XVIIIe
PT462 [N462JC/G-CTIX] a Supermarine Spitfire Tr9 Mk IX in 253 Squadron Royal Air Force Markings Coded: SW:A - Photographed at at Hearndon in Florida outside the Black Shadow Aviations hangar on 19th September 1995
PT462 Spitfire Tr9 Mk IX
PS890 [F-AZJS] a Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX - Photographed at Duxford 'Flying Legends' on 8th July 2006.
PS890 Spitfire PR Mk XIX

Except for Picture 18, Photographs are Copyright of Caz Caswell
Picture 18 Copyright Bill Sides © 1995-2010 Published with Permission

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Album Part 2 Notes and Links by Caz
Notes
I guess I am really hooked on the Spitfire and have been for almost all my life. As a kid, when I saw a Spitfire and Hurricane together at an airshow in the 1950's there was something magical about it.

Although the Hurricane was built in far greater numbers and equipped more squadrons during the Battle of Britain, but it was the Spitfire that caught the imagination of this schoolboy when I first set eyes on it flying. I have many favourite aircraft, but there is something about the Spitfire that sets it apart to all other aircraft I have deep affection for.

To see a Spitfire up close, as you can do at Duxford gives you a real feel for this aeroplane, if that was not enough, to see it fly is the cream on the cake. The sweet sound of the Merlin, or Griffin, although if forced to chose the Merlin is, at least for me the most evocative, although both sound right mated to the body of the incredible Spitfire. For instance a P51 Mustang, another of my favourite aircraft (although lagging behind the Spitfire), the Packard built Rolls Royce Merlin Engine just doesn't sound the same.

To watch a Spitfire re-born is really quite amazing really, as can be seen in the Bonus Picture of PK624 in the earliest stages of restoration in Part 1 of Airworthy Spitfire Album. Although at time of writing progress on PK624 has been very slow, in a few years, maybe less, as it all depends on project resources an finances; PK624 will grace our skies once more.

Over the years, on my visits to Duxford, I have seen various Aircraft under restoration, while some appear to be project quickly for 'basket case' to a beautifully completed Aircraft, others take much. much longer. The reasons why a project may take a long time are almost infinite, but one factor is the complexity of the type in question and possibly the need to manufacture parts that are unique to that particular type, or sub-type. Possibly even locating the drawing and specifications for a part, may involve considerable and time consuming detective work.

What many find surprising is how many Businesses there are that offer manufacturing and support services for Warbirds, particularly Spitfires. Some concentrate on redrafting, reproducing from scraps, or even back-designing, technical drawings. Others, as in the case of Airframe Assemblies on the Isle of White rebuild Spitfires from hulks up to the point customers can either finish themselves, or pass on to the likes of Aircraft Restorations, The Fighter Collection, or many, many more.

The Spitfire is such an iconic aircraft that restoration projects either to static display, or airworthy condition are, at any given time being Planned, Progressed, or Completed, all over the World. This coupled with the constant trade in Spitfires from owner to owner and the movement of examples from Country to Country, means just tracking the currently Airworthy ones is no simple task. At time of writing my best estimate is there are 62 Spitfires of various marks actually flown worldwide (it will probably have increased by the time you read this). Of these around 15 are in the United Kingdom. Worldwide, I estimate that of the rarer Marks there are two Seafires and eight two seater trainers.

In my view there can never be enough flying Spitfires and I hope to see the number Airworthy reach 100!
Well I can dream can't I.

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

Airframe Assemblies

Fighter Factory Restoration Photographs
Fighter Factory - Home Page

Y2-K Spitfire Restoration Project - Canada

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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