Spitfire tail wheel but Oleo ?????

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Can any members help to ID this tail wheel oleo
The wheel is AH2184 indicating Spitfire or Seafire. The Oleo has a brass plate which contains various details whilst the Oleo body has several stamps and marks
The item looks as though it originally had a yellow coloured undercoat with a green finish which appears to have been painted over with a light blue naval colour?
Is this a Seafire Oleo or something completely different

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I think you will find its from a Spitfire Mk XVI , 380 number

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Can't be from a XVI, as they had a fixed tail wheel, that looks to be a retractable type.

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Could it be for a PR.XIX? Or PRXI?

Looks like a fixed, self-centreing type to me. No sign of a pivot or jack attachment.
Looks like it is bolted to a bulkhead or similar structure.

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AH2184 is definitely a Spitfire tail wheel

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Some what surprised that even with several part numbers on display that no one has managed to I.D. this yet.
Some members are stating Spitfire whilst others are not

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Looks like a fixed, self-centreing type to me. No sign of a pivot or jack attachment.
Looks like it is bolted to a bulkhead or similar structure.

I agree, but definitely not the kind fitted to the Spitfire which has a trailing arm. It is closer in appearance to that of a Mk.II Hurricane, but I do not care to be any more definite than that.

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Hi fella's,
Rest easy guys, this Spitfire Tail wheeled rear oleo strut is from a Miles Messenger or Gemini Aircraft. Miles used a Spitfire tailwheel in both, the rear struts of these aircraft. The struts were hyd/pneumatic shock absorbers specifically for these Aircraft. I'm involved (loosely) with the Hooton Park T.A.C. lodger unit aircraft re-builds and we have the remains of 3 Messengers and bits of a Gemini that were gathered yrs. ago and have sat in a container till around 2 years ago when a very enterprising chap Ian Maddock took on the job of re-constructing one for static display from the bits.

My involvement was with re-furbishing the mainwheels ( Auster type ) and tail wheel and rear strut, thats how I recognized your pics. Here's the TAC Website with info about the Messenger re-build, (Ian is doing a great job ).

http://www.theaeroplanecollection.org/ and here's some pics. of TAC's Tailwheel (Messenger strut assy. ) Hope they load up as I havn't posted in here for a year and it's all changed.

I've learnt a lot about the Miles Company this past year and what an enterprising company they were, folded in 1947.

Hope this clears it up.

Bill T.

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