R25 NH341 Engine fitting (3)

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.

The Spitfire Mk IX NH341 restoration is approaching completion. Here is some history about her.
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.