R29 NH341 (8)

Restoring Spitfire NH341 Update #29

Restoring Spitfire NH341 Update #29. The latest update on the restoration and conversion of the Aero Legends LFIXE Spitfire NH341.

Release Date: 3rd January 2017

Period Covered: 1st December 2016 – 3rd January 2017

Fuselage

All the lower and main wing to fuselage fairings are complete and await painting. The engine cowlings have been started.

Systems

Internal and engine bay systems are almost complete. Fuel system and transfer checks are yet to be done. The air filter box is being assembled. Engine runs have been successfully carried out. Full power runs and adjustments to boost and rpm have been made and the engine is now set up.

Next Month...

All the cowlings will be in work. Avionics system will be finished.

The Spitfire Mk IX NH341 restoration is approaching completion. Here is some history about her.
Spitfire NH341 was built at Castle Bromwich as a Spitfire Low Level Fighter (LFIXE) and delivered to 8 MU on the 28th April 1944. It was sent to Miles Aircraft for modifications to be fitted before delivery to 411 (Grizzly Bear) squadron RCAF on 22nd June 1944. This was the only squadron NH341 served with and was flown by several pilots. On the 29th June 1944, NH341 downed an ME109 five miles West of Caen. NH341 destroyed another BF109 on the evening of 30th June 1944 over Thury Hurcourt. However, by the 2nd July NH341 had been lost. Warrant Officer James "Jimmy" Jeffrey 411 Squadron - was flying a morning patrol in NH341 when he was engaged by FW190's of JG26 South-East of Caen. W/O Jeffrey was shot down, but he baled out and successfully evaded capture, returning in late August. Read his amazing story HERE

The Spitfire Mk IX NH341 restoration and its conversion to a dual cockpit T9 version is being undertaken by the experts at Historic Flying Ltd (HFL), Duxford.