New home for Kiwi Supermarine stunner

Gavin Conroy profiles a newly-restored Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI completed by Avspecs in New Zealand. After a successful test-flight programme, it is bound for a new home in the United States

 

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Spitfire TB252 during its second test flight in 2021
ALL IMAGES: GAVIN CONROY
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TB252 looking magnificent in the experienced hands of John Lamont during a test flight over the Hauraki Gulf
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A breakaway view of the warbird as it turns to port
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A close-up, air-to-air view of TB252. The blue-ish look to the invasion stripes is caused by the reflected colour of the water below

Over the past ten years, Auckland-based Avspecs has been busy rebuilding de Havilland Mosquito aircraft to airworthy standard but, in the background, it has also been working on Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI TB252, a fighter that’s been on site since 2002.

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