Spitfire NH341 Restoration Update #25

Read the 25th Spitfire Restoration update of the Aero Legends Spitfire NH341 which is being restored and converted to a dual cockpit T9 version.

Release Date: 1st September 2016

Period Covered: 27th July – 1st September 2016

Wings

Both wings are now out of the jig and all the skin work is finished. The undercarriage doors and wing tips are currently being worked. Joints on the starboard wing are being sealed in preparation for the move into paint shop tomorrow.

Fuselage

The fuselage has now been painted and the tail unit fitted. The elevator, rudder, engine frame and engine have been fitted. The various cowling rail brackets and details are being made.

Systems

The undercarriage micro switches and various electrical terminal blocks have been fitted to the wings. The pitot static pipes are being fitted. The fuel feed pipes from the wing tanks to the fuselage have been made and fitted to the starboard wing. All the main and trim control cables have been connected in the tail and are ready to bring forward when required. The new manufactured oil tank has been pressure tested and is ready for paint.

Next Month...

The starboard wing will be painted and fitted to the fuselage. The port wing will be in paint shop. Wing tips, u/c doors and fillet fairings will be in work. The new axles will have arrived.

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.