The Spitfire aircraft stands as a symbol of courage and innovation during one of the most violent periods in human history – World War II. These aircraft were critical in defending against air attacks during the Battle of Britain. The Spitfire’s sleek design, impressive performance, and pivotal role in defending freedom have made it well known in aviation history. Let’s explore the Spitfire models currently available: the 1943 Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire MK L.F. IX (MH415) and the 1943 Supermarine Spitfire IX (MH603).


Historical Background

The 1943 Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire MK L.F. IX, with the serial number MH415, was built during World War II. This aircraft came off the Vickers-Armstrong production line in Castle Bromwich during the summer of 1943. Assigned to operational duty with 129 (Mysore) Squadron at Hornchurch, this aircraft was flown by pilots such as Sqn Ldr Gonay and Flg Off D. F. Ruchwaldy.

During its operational service, MH415 engaged enemy aircraft including the reported damaging of a BF-109 and the destruction of an FW-190, showcasing the Spitfire’s capability in aerial combat. Post-war, MH415 served various roles, from being in a film to being a target-towing aircraft.

After being restored by Vintage Fighter Restorations over a five-year period, MH415 now stands as possibly the most original and authentic privately owned Spitfire IX available for purchase. With its restoration completed to the highest standard and registration under G-AVDJ, this aircraft is a testament to the continued legacy of the Spitfire. This aircraft has completed its flight test program and performed at airshows across Australia.


Technical Specifications

The technical specifications of the Spitfire aircraft reveals the engineering that defined it. Equipped with a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Spitfire offers exceptional speed, agility, and power. This aircraft includes improvements in low-level performance, while also excelling in high-altitude airspace. Configurations of each Spitfire model vary slightly, catering to different operational and armament requirements.


Restorations and Present Condition

The restoration processes undertaken for these Spitfire aircraft display dedication to preserving aviation history. Vintage Fighter Restorations disassembled and restored these aircraft, utilizing original British hardware and new stock components to ensure authenticity. The result is two remarkable Spitfires that show their history while meeting modern safety standards. Their present condition ensures they remain airworthy for years to come.


Availability and Pricing

For vintage aviation enthusiasts and collectors looking to own a piece of aviation history, these Spitfire models present a rare opportunity. An appointment can be scheduled to inspect either of these iconic aircraft. While pricing factors in historical significance, restoration quality, and operational status, the value of these Spitfire aircraft models is incredible.


Own A Vintage Aircraft

The 1943 Vickers-Supermarine Spitfire MK L.F. IX (MH415) and the 1943 Supermarine Spitfire IX (MH603) are known for their manufacturing history and invaluable role during World War II. Platinum Fighter Sales is proud to provide aviation enthusiasts with the opportunity to own one of these Spitfire aircraft.

If you’re interested in owning a piece of World War II aviation history, the Spitfire may be the perfect aircraft to add to your collection. Contact Platinum Fighter Sales by calling 800-210-1951 to learn more about these remarkable Spitfire aircraft models or to schedule an in-person inspection.


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