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Supermarine Spitfire Tr.9

Fighter

A symbol of British defiance against Nazi Germany, the Spitfire was designed as a high performance, short-range interceptor combining superb aerodynamics with one of the best aero-engine motors of the time, the Rolls Royce Merlin.  It was highly regarded by its pilots, who praised it for its flying characteristics and its ability to outturn its nemesis, the Messerschmitt Bf 109.

Since 1941, Supermarine had planned to produce a two-seat Spitfire conversion trainer to fast track pilot training but the idea was rejected by the British War Ministry.  It wasn’t until early 1945 that Vickers Supermarine (as a private venture) started the construction of a prototype/demonstration aircraft in early 1945 which lead to 20 Mk IX airframes being converted to trainer spec.

MH367 served in Europe, taking part in Operations Market Garden and Varsity.  In 1948 it suffered a serious landing accident and was scrapped as it was deemed surplus to supply.  Its remains were discovered 40 years later and was incorporated into a Spitfire two-seat project that was underway at the time in the USA.  She is currently painted in the colours of EN520, an 81 Squadron RAF Spitfire that was flown by New Zealand’s highest scoring Ace, Colin Gray.

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Packard Merlin 266, 1710 Hp V12, 2 stage-2 speed supercharger
Length: 9.52m (31ft 4.5in)
Height: 3.58m (12ft 7.75in)
Wing Span: 11.23m (35ft 10in)
Maximum Speed: 408 mph (657 kmh or 354 knots)
Service Ceiling: 43,000ft (13,106m)
Armament: 2 × 20 mm Hispano Mk II cannons & 2 × .50 in M2 Browning machine guns

Bristol Fighter F.2B

Fighter & Light Bomber

Country of Origin: United Kingdom
Engine: Fairchild Ranger 6-440-C, 200hp straight 6 piston engine
Top Speed:

 

Clark Airfield Tractor

Tug

Country of Origin: United States of America
Engine: Holden, Straight 6 Engine
Top Speed: Slow

 

de Havilland Canada DHC-2 Beaver

STOL Utility Transport

Country of Origin: Canada
Engine: Pratt & Whitney R-985 Wasp Jr. 450hp 9-cylinder radial piston engine
Top Speed: 255 Km/h, 158 MPH, 137 Knots

 

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