World War 2 Spitfire Restoration update #28. The latest update on the restoration and conversion of the Aero Legends Spitfire NH341.
Release Date: 1st December 2016
Period Covered: 4th November 2016 – 1st December 2016
WingsThe wings are now finished.
FuselageThe engine cowling rails are now finished and fitted. Work continues with the underside fairings and leading edge ‘D’ fillets.
SystemsThe fuselage electrical system is almost complete. The main battery relay and the mounts for the avionics equipment have been installed. Work has now started wiring the engine bay. The fuel tank has been fitted and all associated pipes and controls attached. The starboard radiator and intercooler have been fitted and all the pipes connected. The engine breather has been made and fitted. The exhaust fairings and exhausts are attached.
Undercarriage retractions have taken place. The brakes pipes have been made and the gear doors have been fitted and trimmed in.
Next Month...Engine ground runs will have taken place. Cowlings will be in work.
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 Aero Legends World War 2 Spitfire restoration NH341 project and conversion to a dual cockpit T9 version is by the experts at Historic Flying Ltd (HFL), Duxford.