Spitfire Restoration 20 Wings (2)

Spitfire NH341 Restoration Update #20

Read the latest restoration update of the Aero Legends Spitfire NH341 which is being restored and converted to a dual cockpit T9 version by the experts at Historic Flying Ltd (HFL), Duxford.

Release Date: 1st April 2016

Period Covered: 1st March 2016 – 1st April 2016

Wings

The fuel tank skins and remaining structure have returned from anodising. The port lower skin is currently being riveted in place. Manufacture of the trailing edge ribs and radiator bay structure continues.

Fuselage

The starboard canopy rails have also returned from anodising and await fitting. The runner for the rear canopy trolley has been finalised and the remaining fuselage skins are painted and await fitting.

Systems

The fuel tank has been temporarily fitted to allow the various feed, breather and priming pipes to be made. The ki-gas pump and switch panels have been fitted in the front cockpit. The trim wheels and various guides and fairleads are being set up. The air bottle mountings and cable fairleads have been fitted. The radiator flap ram and shaft have been installed.

Engine

The 24 volt generator and drive have been fitted. The compressor and hydraulic pump mounting flanges have been acquired and await fitting.

Next Month...

The lower wing tank skins will be fitted and sealed. Systems installation will continue. Fuselage skinning will be completed.

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 the most notable use of NH341 was in the hands of Flt Lt Hugh Charles Trainor who gained his third kill in 48 hours on 29th June 1944 when he downed an ME109 five miles West of Caen whilst flying her. Flt Lt Trainor destroyed another BF109 on the evening of 30th June 1944 over Thury Hurcourt, again in NH341. Flt Lt Trainor gained ace status later flying another Spitfire when he destroyed two more BF109s in a single flight on the 4th July, this was after NH341 had been lost on the 2nd July whilst being flown by another pilot who escaped unscathed after tangling with FW190s South East of Caen.

The Aero Legends Spitfire NH341 restoration and conversion to a dual cockpit T9 version is by the experts at Historic Flying Ltd (HFL), Duxford.