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Supermarine Spitfire Mk. VIII

Rolls Royce/Packard Merlin Engine

The RAF took delivery of the museum's Mk. VIII in June 1944. It was quickly tropicalized in England and shipped to Bombay, India in July 1944. Once in the Far East, the plane was assigned to the RAF's No. 17 Squadron, based at China Bay and Vavyuina, Ceylon (Sri Lanka). It flew numerous combat missions against the Japanese from July 1944 to June 1945 and often flew as a fighter escort for the No. 28 Squadron, a dive bomber unit equipped with Hawker Hurricanes.

The aircraft was sold to the Indian Air Force in 1947. After thirty years in India, the aircraft was sold in 1977 and returned to England. An Italian collector purchased the plane in 1979 and completely restored the aircraft. The Cavanaugh Flight Museum acquired the Spitfire in 1993 and it wears the same colors it carried while serving with No.17 Squadron during World War II.

Kommentit

ykak 16.6.2009 00:25 Vastaa lainauksella
olen muuten käynyt samassa museossa marraskuussa. Oliko b24 Liberator yhtään edennyt? Mukava museo!
Pete N 16.6.2009 01:46 Vastaa lainauksella
Terve ykak,

Kylla se naytti jo todella hyvalta. Taisivat lentaakin silla kuukaisi pari sitten. Pitaa napsia kuvia siita seuraavalla reissulla!

--pete