By kjfitz @ 2007-06-15 15:08:27
The Spitfire MKIX airplanes were flown during the second world war.
Designed by R.J. Mitchell, the spitfire was built by Supermarine Company England. The Prototype's first flight was March 5, 1936.
The Planes were put into service in 1938 with the R.A.F. # 19 Squadron, Duxford England. A total of 20,351 Spitfires were produced in 24 version or markings and the Spitfire served in front line services until being retired on April 1, 1954.
MKIX entered service in 1942 with the following specifications:
-Engine V-12 Rolls-Royce 1470 H.P. Top speed over 400 MPH.
- Wing span 36' 10" Length 31' 4" Weight 7500 Lbs.
- Armament 2-20mm cannon, four 8mm Browning machine guns.
Unlike the tank, unfortunately the spitfire is not a real plane. The plane on display is a full scale fiberglass replica that was obtained in England and brought into Canada in 1996 by sea container. Preparations for mounting was done by Ken Fowler of Legacy Yachts in Brunner, Ontario.
We have recently re-painted our Spitfire as VZ-F, serial number NH357. This was Charley Fox's aircraft from 412 Squadron, as it would have been in 1944.
This spitfire is dedicated to all those who served in the Allied Armed Forces and especially those who served in the R.C.A.F. and instructed, serviced, and flew this and other planes with the Royal Canadian Air Force.