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. 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.