For a nation whose air force didn't operate them, we sure have a decent amount (and yes I'm aware of the NZ RAF squadrons, just meaning the RNZAF itself )
I make the following list: IXc PV270/ZK-SPI - Brendon Deere, Ohakea Tr.IX MH367/ZK-WDQ - Doug Brooker, under repair at AvSpecs, Ardmore XIV NH799/ZK-XIV - Provenance Fighter Sales, under rebuild at AvSpecs, Ardmore XVI TB252/N??? - Tony Banta, under rebuild at AvSpecs, Ardmore XVI TE288 - RNZAF Museum, Wigram XVI TE456 - Auckland War Memorial Museum
And, of course, the three Mk.Vs and two Mk.XVIs that have departed our shores in the last decade.
Anyone with any additions? Also photos, especially of NH799 and TB252 as they are now.
Last Edit: Apr 27, 2009 7:07:18 GMT 12 by ZacYates
She does look very nice though. I never used to like lowback XVIs, but over the past few hours I've really grown to like them. How long ago was this paint work done, and by who?
The display was re-done in 1997 (I had thought it was slightly more recent) in public!! My excuse for not seeing this happen is being in England at the time. From www.kiwiaircraftimages.com/spitfire.html "In 1997 the aircraft was refurbished (along with the Museum's Mitsubishi A6M3) in readiness for moving to new display areas. Interestingly, the work on the aircraft was carried out in a public gallery. Having been displayed in natural metal, the restoration team found evidence of camouflage having been present from its time with 501 Squadron. The aircraft is now presented in the colours of 501 'County of Gloucester' Squadron marked RAB-J. (illustrated below)"
Post by Dave Homewood on Apr 26, 2009 12:39:23 GMT 12
I am reliably informed that the fuselage of Spitfire MK IX BR601 is in storage with Avspecs waiting its turn in the restoration Queue and the fuselage of Spitfire MK XIVe RM873 which was also in storage with Avspecs but has now been shipped to a new owner in the UK
I am reliably informed that the fuselage of Spitfire MK IX BR601 is in storage with Avspecs waiting its turn in the restoration Queue
What a delightful, unexpected revelation! Thank you again Dave, and to your informant.
An interesting history this machine has, according to the Warbird Registry: Delivered to SAAF as 5631. - BOC: Mar. 13, 1949. Harold Barnett/South African Metal & Machinery Co, Salt River, Cape Town, SA, Mar. 10, 1955-1987. - Displayed on pole at scrapyard as PV260/DB-P. - Later restored by Atlas Aircraft Co., Capetown, SA. Auctioned by Christies, London, UK, Oct. 31, 1987. Doug A. Arnold/Warbirds of GB Ltd, Biggin Hill, UK, Oct. 31, 1987-1992. - Arrived dismantled, Thruxton, July 6, 1989. - Stored, 1989-1992. - Partially restored, 1992. Dick Melton Aviation, Winchester, 1993. Mike Araldi & Harry Stenger/Jet Cap Aviation Corp, Bartow, FL, USA, 1994-2002. - Under restoration to airworthy, Bartow, FL. Further research shows her to have been seen as recently as 25/10/07 at the Lone Star Flight Museum in Galveston, Tx. So who is the current owner? I'm under no illusions that it could POSSIBLY be for a Kiwi owner....but I could dream.
I think I remember mention of that XIVe some time ago, shame to hear she's away but hopefully will fly again regardless
I wonder if NZ could be the new place for Spitfire rebuilds? After the magnificent work by AvSpecs on BL628, and of course ITL Aviation's PV270, could we see more overseas Spits coming here to be restored? Pioneer seems to be "the" P-40 house, so I wonder if AvSpecs will be "the" Spit place?
IX BR601/? - in store at AvSpecs IXc PV270/ZK-SPI - Brendon Deere, Ohakea Tr.IX MH367/ZK-WDQ - Doug Brooker, under repair at AvSpecs, Ardmore XIV NH799/ZK-XIV - Provenance Fighter Sales, under rebuild at AvSpecs, Ardmore XVI TB252/N??? - Tony Banta, under rebuild at AvSpecs, Ardmore XVI TE288 - RNZAF Museum, Wigram XVI TE456 - Auckland War Memorial Museum
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Thanks Peter whoever the owner is, they're certainly very smart to have chosen AvSpecs to rebuild their Spitfire.
Of course, I posted my inquiry BEFORE looking into my copy of Spitfire: The New Zealand Story, which details the refurbishment of TE456 by ACE in some, uh, detail. It's been looked after very well, as I knew it'd had some refurbishment into the camo, but I thought it was much more recently due to the condition she's currently in! Very fine work by the Subritzkys and Co.
The Subritzkys had two Mk.Vs, according to Spitfire: The New Zealand Story: JG891/A58-178, now flying, and EF545/A58-149 Sad AR614 never came to NZ, I remember seeing her in the 1996 Wanaka book for the first time and thinking how cool it would be to have a MkV in NZ.