R30 NH341

Spitfire Mk IX NH341 Restoration Update #30

Spitfire Mk IX NH341 Restoration Update #30. The latest update on the restoration and conversion of the Aero Legends LFIXE Spitfire NH341.

Release Date: 31st January 2017

Period Covered: 3rd January – 31st January 2017

Fuselage

The engine cowlings are now well under way. The top and side cowls are nearing completion. The chin cowl is awaiting the fitting of the air filter box before it can be started. One radiator fairing is now finished and fitted. The port fairing is in work.

Systems

All systems checks have now been completed. The fuel transfer system has been successfully tested along with the radio and intercom. The air filter box has now been finished and awaits fitting. Final rigging and inspections of the primary flying control systems are yet to be carried out. The last few cockpit placards are still to be fitted The camera system is yet to be installed but should arrive within a week once ordered. Initial CAA inspections will be carried out this week.

Next Month...

Aircraft will be finished and ready for weighing!

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.