Spitfires go Stateside

THE RAF Museum’s Spitfire FRXIV MT847 was unveiled in the newly completed Hangar Five at the Pima Air and Space Museum in Tucson, Arizona on 6 April. Formerly on display as part of the ‘Britain From Above’ photo exhibition in the Bomber Command Hall at Hendon, the 1944-built machine is on a three-year loan to Pima.

On 12 April, Spitfire Ia P9374/ G-MKIA made its final flight at Duxford with John Romain at the controls, before heading for the US. It was crated for shipping on 18 April. Excavated from a beach at Calais in September 1980, the former No 92 Squadron fighter was subsequently rebuilt for Mark One Partners, making its maiden flight at Duxford on 1 September 2011. It was sold at auction in London on 9 July 2015 for £3.1 million, the proceeds from the sale going to the RAF Benevolent Fund and the wildlife conservation charity Panthera.

Spitfire FRXIV MT847 shortly after going on display at the Pima Air and Space Museum.
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Spitfire Ia P9374 making its final landing at Duxford on 12 April, with John Romain at the helm.
DAVID WHITWORTH