Spitfire - Supermarine Mk XVIII

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. Of the 54 currently airworthy we have a Mk XVIII model available for Sale.

 

 

Spitfire - Supermarine Mk XVIII

BACKGROUND

This Spitfire aircraft with registration number N280TP and design number 6S/676372 was built for the RAF in 1945 and flown as RAF/TP280/Z with the 9th squadron. On 31st December 1947, the aircraft has been delivered to the Indian Air Force and was listed as HS654. The production of Mk XVIII series (type 394) began only after the end of WWII as a refinement of the Mk XIV but it had a revised, stronger wing structure and carried extra fuel.

About 300 aircrafts of the Mk XVIII aircraft series were built and partially delivered to the RAF in the Middle East and in Asia or, as for example in this case, sold to the Indian Air Force.

This Spitfire aircraft has been retrieved from India in the 1970s and was returned to England for its technical restoration by Historic Flying. After its first flight after restoration in 1992 the aircraft has been sold to a new owner in the US. It is based in Germany since 2015.

LOCATION

Herringsdorf, Germany

SPECIFICATIONS

Serial No.: TP280 Registration No.: D-FSPT

Manufacturer: SUPERMARINE Model: Spitfire MkXVIII

Year: 1945 No. of seats: 1

Airframe: 175h SOH

Engine: Rolls Royce Griffon 65 (1h51m SOH by Vintage V12’s)

Propeller: Dowty Rotol Ltd. / Hoffmann Blades R19/5F5/1

5 blade (1h51m SOH)

Avionics/Radios:

Radios: 2x Becker AR 4201 Transponder: Garmin GTX 330

Encoder: ACK A30 ELT: Kannad 406 AF Comp.

SPECIFICATIONS SUBJECT TO VERIFICATION UPON INSPECTION

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