Spitfire simulator for Boultbee

At the Tangmere Military Aviation Museumnear Chichester, former RAF electrical engineer Bob Goodrick and retired design technology teacher Simon Fielder are making great progress on a reproduction Super marine Spitfire IX fuselage that is destined to become a simulator with the Boultbee Flight Academy at Good wood Aerodrome.

Construction has been under way for nearly a year, the project incorporating several original parts, including fuselage frames five, eight and 11. Bob says: “We obtained about 3,000 copies of original drawings, and also have a Spitfire IX at Good wood which we can go at look at to get detail as required.”

The Tangmere museum reopened to the public on 1 February following a winter revamp, which included the construction of a new Neville Duke tribute display.

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The Spitfire IX simulator after being rolled out into the sunshine in its jigat Tangmere on 17 February.
SIMONFIELDER