Duxford Diary 2023

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What is that behind the Spitfire, a Buchon?
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Looks like White 9 likely up from BHHH for maintance.
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Duxford Thursday 7th December:

More Shackleton detail seen today, with the nose turret exposed and twin Hispano V 20mm cannon removed:

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Very many thanks to all who document all things Duxford, hopefully your coverage will continue in 2024 as it is unlikely that I would able to visit in person. Thanks again for your time and trouble it is very much appreciated.

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Duxford Monday 11th December:

First look at G-SPIT in her 'new' colours today. After a late arrival last Wednesday, bad weather prevented any more flying until this lunchtime.
A couple of engine runs were followed by an air-to-air photo sortie. Sadly, very little sunshine at Duxford, but I understand there was plenty of blue sky nearby.
The new colours mirror her actual 1945 scheme in India, around the time of transfer to the Indian Air Force.

Great to hear that Griffon again. Many thanks to ML, LK and FM

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Merlin?

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Mike wrote:
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Merlin?
Oooops.

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DCW wrote:
Mon 11 Dec 2023, 7:11 pm
Duxford Monday 11th December:

First look at G-SPIT in her 'new' colours today. After a late arrival last Wednesday, bad weather prevented any more flying until this lunchtime.
A couple of engine runs were followed by an air-to-air photo sortie. Sadly, very little sunshine at Duxford, but I understand there was plenty of blue sky nearby.
The new colours mirror her actual 1945 scheme in India, around the time of transfer to the Indian Air Force.

Great to hear that Griffon again. Many thanks to ML, LK and FM

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Interesting was the camera windows originally installed and covered over or are these a new update

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Thanks for the kind words - a huge amount of effort went in to this overhaul and re-spray by Air Leasing/Warbird Colour to return MV293 back to her original post war appearance. The fuselage camera apertures were reinstated as part of the project.

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Nice scheme!

I seem to remember that TFC painted the airframe to represent an aircraft flown by 'Johnnie' Johnson, so is MV293 or MV268, the original serial number for this airframe?

Also, was the airframe built as a Mk.XIV but painted by TFC, to represent a Mk.XVIII (or even the other way around), or is this an inaccurate memory?
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Well that's different !
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Marinell flew this afternoon, two-up

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hashdef wrote:
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 8:12 pm
Well that's different !
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Is that the Mk.I replica that was previously between Hangars 4 and 5 or a newly delivered one?

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It is the Mk.I replica that was previously between Hangars 4 and 5.

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TonyC wrote:
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 7:50 pm
Nice scheme!

I seem to remember that TFC painted the airframe to represent an aircraft flown by 'Johnnie' Johnson, so is MV293 or MV268, the original serial number for this airframe?

Also, was the airframe built as a Mk.XIV but painted by TFC, to represent a Mk.XVIII (or even the other way around), or is this an inaccurate memory?
293 is her original serial number.

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Was there ever any efforts to restore P-51D Mustang 'Big Beautiful Doll' after its 2011 crash or was it too destroyed?

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JonMann wrote:
Wed 13 Dec 2023, 7:47 am
TonyC wrote:
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 7:50 pm
Nice scheme!

I seem to remember that TFC painted the airframe to represent an aircraft flown by 'Johnnie' Johnson, so is MV293 or MV268, the original serial number for this airframe?

Also, was the airframe built as a Mk.XIV but painted by TFC, to represent a Mk.XVIII (or even the other way around), or is this an inaccurate memory?
293 is her original serial number.
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RWTYT wrote:
Wed 13 Dec 2023, 3:43 pm
Was there ever any efforts to restore P-51D Mustang 'Big Beautiful Doll' after its 2011 crash or was it too destroyed?
Photo from Mustangsmustangs.com, copyright Simon Steel:
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Not a lot left to restore... you'd be better off with a new-built airframe and some paperwork.

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RWTYT wrote:
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 9:03 pm
hashdef wrote:
Tue 12 Dec 2023, 8:12 pm
Well that's different !
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Is that the Mk.I replica that was previously between Hangars 4 and 5 or a newly delivered one?
A bit about this scheme now on the IWM website...
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk IG R7059 Replica
Painted in pale pink camouflage for sunrise and sunset operations, our replica represents Spitfire PR Mk IG R7059, completed in 1941 as a Mk I fighter. It served as a photo reconnaissance aircraft with No.1 PRU and was originally piloted by James Morgan. Morgan would go on to command 682 Squadron in Italy.
https://www.iwm.org.uk/events/spies-in- ... nnaissance

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Duxford Friday 15th December:

Another murky day was brightened by three sorties from P-51D 'Marinell'
Congratulations to another Mustang soloist.

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Also noted today was Pitts S.1T N202WL, inbound from Ostend:

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Duxford Sunday 17th December:

Spitfire I replica BAPC394 (most recently marked as X4474) was moved from the paint bay in Hangar 5 up to Airspace this afternoon.
The new, washable markings represent R7059, a Spitfire 'PR.IG' of I PRU at St Eval in 1941.
It will be part of the 'Spies In The Skies' exhibition which opens after Christmas.

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Good to see one of the Spitfires other roles being commemorated.

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This isn't the first pink Spit. This is the so-called NHS Spitfire as she was in 2000, seen at RIAT Cottesmore).

ImageSupermarine Spitfire PR XI PL965 G-MKXI by Andrew Shaw, on Flickr

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Not so. This is now the Hangar 11 collection example.

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Mike wrote:
Sun 17 Dec 2023, 10:15 pm
Not so. This is now the Hangar 11 collection example.
Woops, got my PR Spits muddled - but the point remains about the pink Spitfire though.

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