Originally Posted by Stonefaction
Had a pair of Spitfires pass through Dundee airport today on their way north to Inverness, one being the Silver Spitfire that flew around the world, the other a two-seater, so popped down for a look and to grab a few photos.
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Bit of a crosswind judging from pic 3! Very nice. I followed the round-the-world trip at the time, I thought it a strange thing to do (all that over-water stuff on a single eighty-year-old engine!) but fascinating to see the progress.
CJ: There were one or two silver Spits even during WWII, one in Italy is the best known I think.
[/quote]Lovely shots, would be wonderful to have a Mosquito to liven up the mix.
Are there still any airworthy examples operational?[/quote]
Etudiant: there are four on the wrong side of the pond:
In Canada a B35 restored as BIX LR503 (whose mission score was an astonishing 215 but whose end was tragic);
TV959, the TIII that used to hang up in the Imperial War Museum at Lambeth, now flown in intruder colours as NS838, an FBVI of 418 (Canadian) Squadron;
KA114, a Canadian-built FB26 now flown in the colours of a 487 Squadron FBVI as used in the Amiens prison raid;
PZ474, a real FBVI restored as a Banff Strike Wing 143 Squadron coastal strike aircraft.
A "carrier bag of bits" is being used as the basis for a "dataplate restoration" to airworthy status of a Mosquito using the identity of an NF30 RL346, in Britain. This will take several years yet. They are basically setting up a Mosquito airframe production facility just as the New Zealanders who did KA114 and TV959 did.
There are repeated noises about restoring Kermit Weeks's B/TT35 RS712 (ex 3 CAACU and 633 Squadron) to flying status but it needs some serious airframe work. (Which thanks to the NZ and UK teams is not out of the question but will require the lubrication of cash.)