Spitfire XIV RM689 Restoration Progress Query

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eddywinch82
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Spitfire XIV RM689 Restoration Progress Query

Post by eddywinch82 »

Hi there,

Just wondering how is the restoration coming along ?
Is the aircraft nearly ready for flight ? Also
does anyone have any pictures of the restoration that
they are willing to post online ?

Regards

Eddie
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F14
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Re: Spitfiire XIV RM689 Progress

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I contacted the Roll-Royce Heritage Trust for an update on this aircraft the other day. Ian Craighead, who has taken over the restoration of RM689/G-ALGT kindly responded yesterday:

"there has been only a little visible progress (but things have kept moving on).

We had some problems which meant that the wings have still to be finished and so the completion date is now estimated to be mid to late 2010.

While this seems some way off, it must be remembered that the aircraft is being almost completely rebuilt, there having been little left of the original upon which to base the new airframe. That said, everything original that was deemed to be reuseable was retained and has been restored allowing RM689 to retain her original identity.

As you might expect there isn't a one stop shop to get Spitfire parts and so we are reliant on new manufacture or parts becoming available through the "network".

However, it must be admitted that original estimates of the time for rebuild were optimistic.

The fuselage and tail are nearing completion and the Griffon engine has been installed. I am expecting one wing to be delivered by April 2009 with the other around June/July.

After the wings are fitted the aircraft will start to look more complete, however, there are fuel, hydraulic, electrical and pneumatic systems to be plumbed in and connected. From a personal viewpoint the wings will mark a significant milestone and the finishing post will be almost in sight.

In the meantime our PR XIX Spitfire PS853 continues to fly during the summer months, maintaining our presence in the air for the benefit of local charities and adding that little special touch for our customers.

The [Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust] website is admittedly woefully out of date with respect to the Spitfire and it is one of my missions this year to get it up-to-date and maintained on a regular basis. Your suggestion of 6-monthly updates is feasible. We do occasionally publish some information on Spitfire progress to Rolls-Royce Heritage Trust members and I hope that as completion nears I will be able to report more advanced progress. If you are interested in becoming a Trust member, please let this office know.

I am glad to hear that our Company Spitfires have fans abroad as well as here in the UK."


Regards,
David Eyre

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Re: Spitfiire XIV RM689 Progress

Post by KarlADrage »

Eddie,

I received this email while I was away in the States from Gary Watson. I've only just found this thread, to which it relates:

Your member 'eddywinch' ask of news regarding
RM689. Whilst repainting the Mig 23ML at Newark , I heard through a visitor who is writing a book on this aircraft that it's at Filton ready,
minus its engine, as they have had to borrow it for the other company 'Growler' as that aircraft's engine was found to have metal in the filter, so they did a 'swap' in order to get the PR
version up and running for the season coming whilst the 'duff' engine is being sorted and will go in the re-born 'Growler' Spitfire when fixed.
How long ? How long's a piece of string ?.

Cheers, Gary.


Happy to pass on Gary's email address privately if it's of interest.

eddywinch82
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Re: Spitfiire XIV RM689 Progress

Post by eddywinch82 »

Hi there,

Just wondering how is the Spitfire XIV RM689 restoration coming along at the moment ?
any info would be appreciated

Best Regards :smile:

andyxh558

Re: Spitfiire XIV RM689 Progress

Post by andyxh558 »

I know i am going to get shouted down for this but this restoration leaves me cold, it is a very ambitious thing to do but when you have seen someone die infront of you in that very same plane in 1992, you never think you will see it again. I hope they pay tribute to Dave Moore.

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Re: Spitfiire XIV RM689 Progress

Post by JBartlett »

Just wondering has there been any news at all about Spitfire XIV RM689??

Cheers
James
RIP Red 4, Flight Lieutenant Jon Egging 1978 - 2011
RIP Red 5, Flight Lieutenant Sean Cunningham

eddywinch82
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Re: Spitfire XIV RM689 Progress

Post by eddywinch82 »

Does anyone on the forum know if the Restoration of this particular Spitfire, has recommenced
recently ? As I heard a while back the work had halted on it, and the aircraft was in storage in Derby ?
Any info would be appreciated.

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Re: Spitfire XIV RM689 Restoration Progress Query

Post by Aerosquip »

When I saw it earlier this year it wasn't. It's stored but the guys were hoping to work on it - funds permitting. Things may have changed since then.

Mostlyharmless
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Re: Spitfire XIV RM689 Restoration Progress Query

Post by Mostlyharmless »

Where is it currently based? I've kept an eye out for this one for a long time too. Is it still owned by RR?

eddywinch82
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Re: Spitfire XIV RM689 Restoration Progress Query

Post by eddywinch82 »

Does anyone have any latest news, on the restoration of this particular Spitfire ? Any info
would be appreciated.

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Re: Spitfire XIV RM689 Restoration Progress Query

Post by Aerosquip »

As above matey. In a hangar with the XIX. :ninja:

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