Mk XVI Spit (RW393) & Firefly in St James's Park

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The Living Museum Exhibition in St James's Park has a Spit XVI and Firefly as previously reported. Evelyn Tentions formerly an IWM airframe based at an airfield near Cambridge is now with the Fleet Air Arm Museum Yeovilton. It was great to see her out in the open air again. The Spit, presumed to be RW393, was taken from RAFM store at Stafford and given a thorough overhall to top notch static condition at the RAFM restoration Centre at Cosford. The man on the stand from the RAFM stated that the a/c used to be the CO's hack and as such was painted all over white. Next week the Spit will be dis-assembled and transported to RAFM Hendom and stored until mid September when it is hoped that she will be put on display again for a few days around the 17th. A longer term wish is that the Spit takes over the former duties of the Abingdon Flight and is put on static display at various events. These plans are subject to available manpower as the Valiant, Blue Steel Missile and Sabre? are due to be dismantled and moved to Cosford, then re-assembled in the new hangar. At Hendon new airframes and a reorganisation will fill the spaces. Many thanks to the man from the RAFM for all the info. Apologies for forgetting your name. A few pics for your delectation will follow shortly
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The Spit, presumed to be RW393, was taken from RAFM store at Stafford and given a thorough overhall to top notch static condition at the RAFM restoration Centre at Cosford. The man on the stand from the RAFM stated that the a/c used to be the CO's hack and as such was painted all over white.
RW393 the 'all white' Spitfire Mk XVI used by Sir Basil Embry and AM Sir William Elliott. Mark
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Pics as promised. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/StJamesPark060705001a.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/StJamesPark060705a.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/StJamesPark060705009a.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/StJamesPark060705018a.jpg
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Higher perches. Thanks Merlin 70 I can see the pole. It is behind the Spitfire in photo 2 and they have yet to mount it. I see they have bought along spare rudder and elevator. Mark
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Pics the full monty. Especially for Robbo. http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/78a32134.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/5dfe0621.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/5df9ddc3.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/3ebddcdf.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/31f7021f.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/f9c3ed55.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/a3e82c73.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/60fd5b14.jpg http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v724/Merlin70/StJamesPark060705021.jpg

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Ive checked back in my old photos and yes, I stand corrected. It wasnt on a pole, but it was sitting with its tail up like the Lanc at Hendon.
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I know a lot of people weren't very happy that the VE/VJ anniversaries were not recieveing seperate events (including myself I might add to some degree) but I must admit this living history idea and the events scheduled for the weekend seem every bit, if not more, as prominent and well thought out as the 50th anniversary. Must admit, im rather impressed. Due to the fact i can't get down to Duxford on Sunday, I know where i'll be instead!!
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Tim, where are they?
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I only took the pocket instamatic with me today. If I get a chance I will pop out at lunchtime tomorrow with the heavy armament ;) .
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Not the Audi again lol!
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Nice :)
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Great Photos Long time Since ive seen the Firefly.
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Nice :)
Daz I'll see about getting you some from closer quarters tomorrow. The pocketmatic is only 5mp with a limited zoom which doesn't show the uniquities of this particular a/c.
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:D
Thanks for the pics Tim. Nice to see one of the stored Spitfire airframes seeing the light of day. Just one question, is the Spitfire pole-mounted? .
Neither the Poles nor the Czechs were not on display when I was there :D
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...and the Firefly was also ex-Skyfame before the IWM acquired it, so the main thanks for its preservation should go to Peter Thomas. Sad to think it flew to the UK from Sweden, but was grounded, still, nice to see it out & about and in a good scheme. Great idea for a display - I agree with Hatton (I don't think he went to the USA at all. I think he was in prison for a while...) :D Tim, did you see an Auster as well?
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Tim, did you see an Auster as well?
No, but I will have a look for one today. The sky is dark grey and the rain is intermitant, but I hope there will be some photo opportunities later. aj-march - I'll ask the guy from RAFM.
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Great pics ;)
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I agree with Hatton (I don't think he went to the USA at all. I think he was in prison for a while...) :D
Indeed, still sore about it too :D

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...and the Firefly was also ex-Skyfame before the IWM acquired it, so the main thanks for its preservation should go to Peter Thomas. Sad to think it flew to the UK from Sweden, but was grounded, still, nice to see it out & about and in a good scheme.
Not a correction at all James, but IWM still own the Firefly.
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So why paint it as "TB675"?
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Perhaps because...
So why paint it as "TB675"?
...it is an 'end of the war scheme', albeit in an inappropriate gloss finish. Mark