Spitfire NH341 Restoration Update #22

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

Release Date: 26th May 2016

Period Covered: 29th April 2016 – 26th May 2016

Wings

The outboard wing areas have cleared inspection and the upper and lower skins have been riveted in place. Various brackets for wiring conduit and pitot static pipes have been fitted. Trailing edge construction has begun with some of the painted ribs being installed.

Fuselage

The forward cockpit door has been assembled and the rear is currently in the paint shop. The external paint has now been matched to an acceptable standard and is expected in 3 weeks.

Systems

The rear instrument panel has now been fitted along with the rear fuel cock selector. The air system bottles have been fitted and the pipework to the triple gauges is being installed. Both control columns have been painted and assembled. The chain guards are also finished. The main fuse box panel is under construction and the voltage regulator and fuel pump suppressor have been installed.

Engine

All engine ancillaries have now been fitted and the engine is ready to be installed when the time comes.

Next Month...

Trailing edge assembly will continue.
Systems installation will continue and the fuel tank will be finished and painted.
Cockpit doors will be fitted.
The tail unit will be prepped for paint.

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