Sorry Dave - and Peter! - just saw the number of posts and didn't think to look at the joining date *blushes and slinks away into his corner*
Here's a couple of shots of PV270 on ANZAC Day, surrounded by the adoring public at Wanganui. The local paper estimated 2-300 people, it was easily a thousand! I've never seen so many people out there. Photos by Eddie Bleackley.
Wow, great shots! - Really special to me to be able to see a Spitfire at Wanganui Airport, especially on an ANZAC Day, and indeed such a tribute to Al Deere; also profoundly a tribute to Brendon and his Team for their vision, dedication and terrific skills ~ ...Many thanks from this humble Warbird buff!...
I seriously hope its not on permanent outside display! That would be a tremendous waste, especially considering the work done by the Subritzky family was to airworthy, and the price it sold for...I imagined it sitting in a massive hangar, not under netting outside!
True, I guess I should be thankful it has some sort of cover!
I know what I think of the following, and I've seen no evidence to prove or even suggest it. But. When I was a "cub reporter" at the Wanganui Chronicle I heard mention that a senior staffer knew something about a Spitfire being in a shed somewhere up the Whanganui River. I don't believe it for a second, but has anyone heard similar stories?
"Peter, why did this squadron and some other postwar fighter squadrons go to the three-letter squadron code? Was it something to do with being a Territorial squadron or something?"
"Post WWII, a revised coding system. Aircraft in 'Reserve Command' units carried the extra 'R' in the code."
In a manner of speaking the above is true, but the RA actually stands for "Royal Auxiliary". All the RAuxAF sqns received these codes on the auxiliaries receiving their Royal Charter, which took place after the end of WW2. Prior to that they were simply AuxAF, so any reference to Royal Auxiliary squadrons in WW2 is - strictly speaking, incorrect.
The third letter was the sqn identifier, which predictably bore no relation to previous codes or where the sqns stood in the pecking order. For example, 602 'City of Glasgow' Sqn was the first auxiliary unit formed, in either 1924 or '25 - I don't have my reference sources with me at the moment, and its sqn codes in WW2 were 'LO', but its post war codes were 'RAI'.
None of the auxiliaries survive as flying units, and today, to my knowledge the only one surviving is 603 'City of Edinburgh' Sqn, which was formerly No.2 Maritime Headquarters Unit (2 MHU) at Learmonth Terrace, Edinburgh.
At Edinburgh Airport (formerly RAF Turnhouse) is a plastic 'Spit-on-a-stick' LFXVIe painted in an awful Battle of Britain scheme with an early Spit serial, although it does wear the 603 wartime 'XT' codes. The real XVI, RW393 that used to sit outside the main gate at Turnhouse is now in the RAF Museum store at Stafford.
At the Kelvingrove Museum in Glasgow is F.21 LA198 that used to sit on the gate at RAF Leuchars, Fife, wearing its RAI codes.
Historically, 602 and 603 were the first RAF fighter units to have shot down enemy aircraft over the UK in WW2. On 16 Oct 1939 two Ju 88s were sent down into the sea off Scotland. After the action Stuffy Dowding sent 603 a congratulatory signal reading "Well done, first blood to the Auxiliaries!", the sqn replied with "Turrrnhoose Uber Alles!"
"Access to the cockpit is difficult; it should have been made impossible..."
At the time I was disappointed at the fact she was going to a museum rather than someone who would continue the resto to fly....seeing this pic really depresses me. I agree - I just hope the under cover space is coming. I can only think the Subritzkys would shake their heads sadly.
I'm not sure what the Subritzkys would be thinking...... I'm not trying to stir anything up here but I've heard through a couple of different channels that there were a couple of "reasonable offers" put to the Subritzkys from people intending to continue restoration to flying condition (at least one of these from NZ) but these were declined. It's a rather disappointing outcome, but then it was their aircraft do to do what they like with.
Received the latest issue of Classic Wings today - Murray Miers, owner of the Omaka-inbound Flug Werk FW-190A-8/N, has also bought Spitfire XIV NH799/ZK-XIV and it too will be based at Omaka! And here I was worried we'd lose her to the US. Fantastic news!