Post by planecrazy on Sept 7, 2017 14:56:37 GMT 12
I know it says NZ aeroplane walk arounds up there thought I'd slip in a nice ANZAC cousin from across the ditch.
Part of a nice collection at the South Australian Aviation museum, this machine is on long term loan by Langdon Badger and his family. Constructed in 1942 by Westland Aircraft Ltd, Yeovil, Somerset, UK, it was shipped to Australia in 1943. It became part of the RAAF’s 79 SQN at Goodenough Island and later Kiriwina Island, PNG, using Squadron code UP-O. From these bases (with a drop tank of extra fuel) the aircraft helped protect bombers as far as Rabaul, New Britain. On 28 August 1943 it had a landing accident on Kiriwina Island and was transported back to Goodenough Island. Langdon Badger found the aircraft in 1971 and had it shipped to Adelaide in 1973 where he restored her over a number of years.
This machine may be one of the most authentically restored static Spitfires in existance. While not airworthy she is authentic and complete with all instruments and controls, the inhibited engine is zero timed a part from the Rolls Royce factory run.
The fuselage as found in 1971.
Last Edit: Oct 13, 2017 16:28:20 GMT 12 by planecrazy