Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica

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Lot 314
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica

£ 50,000 - 60,000
US$ 63,000 - 76,000
Withdrawn
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica

Footnotes

  • The most famous fighter aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire was designed by Reginald Mitchell and his team in the mid-1930s to meet the Royal Air Force's requirement for a new generation of high-performance interceptors to counter the perceived threat from a rearming Nazi Germany. Mitchell's design drew heavily on experience gained with the company's successful Rolls-Royce V12-engined racing seaplanes, a programme that had resulted in the capture of the International Schneider Trophy for Great Britain in 1931. The adoption of stressed skin, monocoque construction made for a strong yet lightweight airframe while Mitchell's famous elliptical wing was remarkable for its thinness at the time. On 5th March 1936 the prototype (K5054) took off on its maiden flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome with Captain Joseph 'Mutt' Summers, Vickers' chief test pilot, at the controls. 'Don't touch anything' said the obviously impressed Summers on landing.
    In production from mid-1938, the Spitfire MkI was powered by the 27-litre Rolls-Royce Merlin V12 engine producing a little over 1,000 horsepower and driving a fixed-pitch, two-blade propeller. Approaching 23,000 of all types would be made over the next ten years, by which time the Spitfire was being built in Mk24 form, with 2,350 horsepower Rolls-Royce Griffon engine and twin, contra-rotating, six-blade, variable-pitch propellers. During WW2 the Spitfire saw active service in every major theatre of war and is unique among Allied combat aircraft by virtue of being in production throughout hostilities. The most numerous variant was the MkV, 6,487 of which were built.
    This full sized aluminium replica of a Supermarine Spitfire MkVb took ten months and 11,000 man-hours to construct. It represents aircraft number 'W3850' operated by 609 Squadron Royal Auxiliary Airforce (West Riding of Yorkshire) which on 13th October 1941, while being flown over France by Pilot Officer Joe Atkinson in formation with other aircraft from the Squadron, engaged and damaged a number of German Messerschmitt Bf109s. The purpose of the sortie was to protect Blenheim bombers attacking port installations. Pilot Officer Atkinson, now Sir Joe Atkinson, completed a total of 130 combat missions; he is 93 years old and lives in the South of England.
    The replica was built using original Supermarine blueprints with the airframe being constructed of an aluminium skin over ¾" marine ply ribbing. The same marine ply was used in constructing the wing ribs. The cockpit has two instrument panels (one for blind flying) and both use original Spitfire parts. The undercarriage, although fixed, is faithful to the blueprint and includes original tyres sourced from the USA.
    A number of modifications have been made to the original design including alterations to the wings to enable them to be removed for transit; a 'V'-box steel frame added through the length of the aircraft for additional strength; a glassfibre radiator which is removed for transit; a propeller made of three separate pieces, which are individually bolted to the nose; and glassfibre engine panels, moulded from original components
    The replica Spitfire comes with its own custom designed and built trailer constructed by Batesons (UK). It has a twin rear axle plus a turntable axle at the front. The trailer includes cranes and wing tables designed to ease assembly. No special licenses are needed in the UK for towing, although the only legal vehicle is a Land Rover (short or long wheelbase); the trailer weighs 1.75 tons and must be treated as 40 HGV vehicle when on the road. The replica, which weighs 1.75 tons also, can be assembled by a team or four people in less than two hours.

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Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire MkVb Replica
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