Spitfire Comeback


To many Supermarine aficionados the only thing that compares to the sight and sound of a nicely restored Merlin-powered Spitfire is a well cared for Griffon-powered variant.

Credit for all photos: Rolls-Royce

Rolls-Royce has returned its Photo Reconnaissance Mk. XIX to the skies after a 23-month refurbishment at the Aircraft Restoration Company and Historic Flying Limited at Duxford airfield, Cambridgeshire in the UK. The aircraft, representing 16 Squadron, 2nd Tactical Air Force as it would have looked when delivered into RAF service in January 1945, was flown again for the first time on Oct 9. The pilot of the 36.7 liter, V12 Griffon-powered aircraft was Aircraft Restoration’s owner John Romain.

The flight occurred amidst encouraging, and rather incredible, news of progress in the attempts to dig up and retrieve a treasure trove of buried Spitfires from their underground hiding place in Burma.

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