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Spitfire NH341 Restoration Update #21

Read the April restoration update of the Aero Legends Spitfire NH341 which is being restored and converted to a dual cockpit T9 version.

Release Date: 29th April 2016

Period Covered: 1st April 2016 – 29th April 2016

Wings

Both wing fuel tanks have now been completed. Each tank has been successfully pressure test for 24hrs. The radiator bay structure has been completed. Work is now concentrating on the trailing edge structure.

Fuselage

All the fuselage skins have now been fitted. The cockpit doors will be started next.

Systems

The throttle boxes have been completed and are now fitted. The rear fuel tank selector has been finished and awaits fitting. The front blind flying panel has been trial fitted and the instrument upper panel blank has been made. The transponder and twin radios will be fitted in this panel along with the fuel transfer control. The perspex eyebrow panel for the front screen has been formed.

Engine

The compressor and hydraulic pumps complete with drives have now been fitted to the engine.

Next Month...

Outboard wing skins will be riveted on. Systems installation will continue. Rear instrument panel will be fitted. Cockpit doors will be finished. All paint match samples will have arrived and the final paint ordered.

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.