Spitfire PS915

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I was recently giving one of my slide talks "Aircraft past and present" to a group when one of the slides was brought in question by a member of the audience. This talk is basically a slice through aviation history starting with the Bleriot XI and finish somewhere about JSF. I use a slide of K5054 mock up to illustrate the early spitfire days and , in this case a slide of PS915 to illustrate later types.
Now, i think i am right in saying that PS915 is a PR19 of the BBMF and in this particular slide she was painted rather odd, for a PR19 anyway.Taken a few years ago she was painted with a camoflage upper and yellow underside with the encircled yellow P at fuselage rear, assumedly to represent a prototype or MK change.
The person that questioned my information had served as an engine fitter on both late Spitfires and Seafires,(amongst many other types)so i listened with interest.But he was convinced that this was a later Mark, i did not argue as he was very intersting to talk to.
I think i am right in saying that the MK21 was the next progression and that this had bubble canopy, low back and diffent tail amonst other mods.
So who is right, and what was PS915 representing at that time.

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RE: Spitfire PS915

LAST EDITED ON 07-10-01 AT 11:07 PM (GMT)[p]Philo,
at the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight homepage there is a presentation of PS915 and the different paintworks it has carried.
See: http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/bbmfhome.html

The F.21 looked approximately like a PR.19, high back, normal canopy, old tail but different wing planform. The early F.22´s had a low back fuselage with tear drop canopy but still the old tail. It was late 1945 when the F.22 received the Spiteful type tail, all service examples fitted with it. The last Spitfire variant, the F.24 was basically a F.22 with additional fuel tanks in the rear fuselage and zero length rocket launchers.

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RE: Spitfire PS915

That particular colour scheme was intended to represent the prototype Mk.XIV.

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RE: Spitfire PS915

Thanks again chaps, good info and that all concurs with what a very knowlegeable friend has said. He also recommends 'Spitfire the full story' as the best book on the subject, anyone dissagree ?.

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I thought that "Spitfire The History" written by Morgan/Shacklady was a work of reference until an acquaintance on another board told me differently. If you don´t go to deep into details there are a lot of good books but, if you do, they start contradicting eachother.
I´ve never seen or heard of the one You mention but I live in a backyard called Sweden where specialized bookstores get one or two copies which you are lucky to see before they are gone!

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Thanks, i'll check the book title.
Don't knock your country, i have been to Sweden a couple of times and thoroughly enjoyed it. Its Clean and tidy, the people are superb hosts and the food was excellent.I sometimes buy Swedish food, if i can get it, and have my own Smorgsbord at home.
I must say though, i did not forge a very good relationship with Aquavit.

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RE: Spitfire PS915

Philo,
thanks for Your nice words!
I never meant to knock Sweden in general terms, it´s a great country but, let´s face it, when it comes to warbirds it´s not as main street as England!

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Christer