Spitfire LF.XVIe TB252 at Avspecs

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Hi all,
Former gate guardian* Spitfire TB252 came to New Zealand some years ago for Avspecs to restore to airworthy for Tony Banta, as per these scans from Classic Wings issues 38 and 43 respectively:
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49522429466_8f48da8f27_c.jpgtb252-import-to-avspecs-clasic-wings-issue-38_49214164898_o by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49522646552_2b768aea68_c.jpgtb252-progress-classic-wings-issue-43_49214189843_o by Zac Yates, on Flickr

My wife and I went to the Bay of Islands (north of Auckland) for a wedding on Saturday and, as it happened, I needed to go to Avspecs on Friday to drop off something for a UK-based project. After dropping off the part with Warren Denholm's son Jaiden one of the engineers, Dylan Stace, kindly took me on a guided tour of the facilities. He explained that TB252's new American owner wants the aircraft at Oshkosh this year so the Spitfire is front-and-centre at Avspecs. 

https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503508877_fd96a0d207_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503291776_f508ca72d0_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49502782858_0c1e72ff58_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503508772_0bfd0280ec_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49502782283_40f8781fa9_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49502782633_715b85fed0_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49502782068_92634fe663_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503508982_5fc91f2388_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
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https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49502782188_10cc8b047b_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503323126_6510f4f97f_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503539882_65c6138fca_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49502815098_75f2f9b6f3_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr
https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/49503539857_645f7be512_c.jpgUntitled by Zac Yates, on Flickr

My helpful (and patient) guide explained the new owner wants the gun and cannon bays fitted out, so it should make for a sharp, detailed machine when complete. He said to make Oshkosh this year she needs to be on the water in May - exciting times!


* Goodall says she served in this role at Odiham, Acklington, Boulmer, Leuchars and finally Bentley Priory before being taken down as part of Tim Routsis' deal.

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