HELP. Barn find Spitfire seat. Info?

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I found this in a friends barn a few days ago...

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x365/owen7380/seatwheels003.jpg

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x365/owen7380/seatwheels004.jpg

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x365/owen7380/seatwheels005.jpg

http://i1178.photobucket.com/albums/x365/owen7380/seatwheels006.jpg

Ive been told its a seat from a Spitfire or Seafire. Its been in the barn for around 65 years and seems to be in very good condition. Anyome any more info on it? What would it make on ebay lol....thanks.

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Yes, it is a Spitfire, or Seafire seat.

I suspect you will have a substantial offer within the next two hours, so dont worry about ebay!

Bruce

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I wish it was mine to sell, the owner will probably put it back in his barn for another 65 years lol

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Holy smoke ! Make sure the rest of the aircraft isnt hidden there somewhere as well !!!

Please tell me the NI refers to Northern Ireland...:D

Very nice!

Good to know that there are still barn finds to be had.

Now.....where is the rest of it??!

It will be on the CAA register before you can say "Its in the boo....";)

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Surely it can be rebuilt from that:rolleyes:

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Are there a pile of data plates in that barn as well ??

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drooling !!!!!!!!!! there has to be more. !

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Did you find the aircraft "bonnet" that you mention on another forum?

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Cant find the "bonnet" think its gone for good. N I is for N Ireland. Ive had a few PMs with offers to buy but cant reply until i speak to the owner later/tomorrow. Thanks for all the help and info.

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The owner might find eBay will actually get you more for it, put a decent reserve on it, word will travel, put it worldwide, you can always if it fails to make your reserve sell it privately. I realise you are probably getting some serious offers, but weigh up the pros and cons of selling it and paying charges against getting less, but having no charges to fork out. Would be nice to see it make it into a flier.

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Note the bracket for a Verey pistol on the RHS and a bracket for the Verey cartridges across the front - which suggests it's from a Mk V or earlier although I've never seen that double stacking arrangement before

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Could have been very useful at Stoke-on-Trent museum recently ... :D

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Note the bracket for a Verey pistol on the RHS and a bracket for the Verey cartridges across the front - which suggests it's from a Mk V or earlier although I've never seen that double stacking arrangement before

I mentioned that on the other forum, I wondered if the double row would be unique to a particular mark?

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I mentioned that on the other forum, I wondered if the double row would be unique to a particular mark?

the front ones almost seem to have been bent to fit - note the angled edges which seem to preclude their use to hold cartridges. It's almost as if they've been added to provide additional support to the back of somebody's legs.....

mmmmmm........:D

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It's definitely a Seafire seat, and has been used quite late, too; I've only just twigged about the two pieces of wood on the backrest. They were fitted in late Seafires, as a brace against the armour plate behind the seat. According to the drawing, it was for metal seats, but has obviously been used on plastic seats, as well.

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the front ones almost seem to have been bent to fit - note the angled edges which seem to preclude their use to hold cartridges. It's almost as if they've been added to provide additional support to the back of somebody's legs.....

Originally Seafire seats had a double row of cartridges holes; post-war it was reduced to a single row. Maybe it got in the way of the stick, in later stages, and was removed to make more room.
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Dare I ask... will it be at L... !!!

Seriously though, what a find!