Airframe: 50.0 Hours since complete restoration by The Fighter Collection, Duxford, UK
First Flight after restoration: 12/2008
Engine: Rolls Royce Griffon 65 with 58 Heads and Banks
70.0 SMOH by Zueschel Racing Engines
50.0 Since IRAN by The Fighter Collection
Propeller: Dowty Rotol 5 blade
50.0 Hours SMOH to zero time condition by Skycraft, UK
Exterior: Painted in the markings of 80 Squadron - Hong Kong 10/10
Interior: Painted in authentic green paint - 10/10
Avionics: Becker Comm
Spares: A large inventory of spares is available seperately.
History: Prior history shows very little time on the airframe since first being build by Vickers in 1945.
It was reportedly in a UK maintenance unit for a bit and then to India in 1946 where there was a landing accident, which caused its return to the UK where it was repaired and sent back to India.
It apparently flew with the Indian Air Force for another year or so and then ended up as a gate guard in New Dehli until 1978 when Doug Arnold brought it and a few other spitfires out of India.
You can still see the Supermarine part number stamps on the cowling, etc., so it is all stock to this airframe.
Doug Arnold had SM969 rebuilt with a first flight in 1985. With approximately 20 hours flight time, the Spitfire was placed in storage between 1992 -2006. Sold to The Fighter Collection, a full rebuilt to airworthy standards was commissioned.
Upon completion of the restoration the Spitfire was shipped to its current owner in the United States. It has been displayed at several airshows on the East Coast.
Aircraft located: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION UPON INSPECTION