Supermarine Spitfire Restoration update #27. The latest update on the restoration and conversion of the Aero Legends Spitfire NH341.
Release Date: 4th November 2016
Period Covered: 30th September 2016 – 4th November 2016
WingsBoth wing tips have now been finished, painted and fitted. The ailerons have been painted and are being fitted.
FuselageCowling rail brackets and details continue to be made. Stbd upper fillet fairings are complete and the port side is in work. The port rear fillet is slightly more complicated than standard as it houses the step and sprung loaded flap for the rear cockpit. The front and rear canopies are complete and await sealing and painting.
SystemsThe battery mounting structure has been fitted and the trim system finished and rigged. Wiring continues. Most of the engine bay hoses have been made and fitted. The throttle and idle cut-off have been installed and rigged. The coolant and oil pipes have been fitted. These will be set up and brackets and clamps made when the cowling rail structure has been completed. The new header tank has arrived and been fitted. The undercarriage blow down system has been finished.
Next Month...Radiators and axles should be fitted. Cowlings will be being assembled. Engine bay systems will be finished. Radios and transponder will be fitted.
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.