Over the past couple of years, we have been following the restoration of Supermarine Spitfire F Mk.IX MH603 at Vintage Fighter Restorations (VFR) in Scone, New South Wales, Australia. The aircraft is very close to flying again, and recently made another series of engine runs. Our good friend John Parker from WarbirdsOnline has provided further details on this progress and what the future holds for this aircraft. We have covered several of Parker’s previous reports HERE, which you can check out for the aircraft’s history and earlier restoration updates. We will let John pick up the latest news with the following…
The aim for these tests involved exercising the Merlin for longer periods and at higher power settings, hence the need for securing the airframe to the ground. After a couple of brief run-ups to ensure the engine was operating properly, Morgan initiated a series of longer exercises, gradually increasing the revolutions and power settings. The big V-12 behaved flawlessly, its characteristic roar feeling like music to the small crowd gathered nearby to witness the event.
Many thanks to John Parker for this update. MH603 is currently available for purchase at Platinum Fighter Sales, as we reported HERE in early October. The Spitfire, resplendent in her authentic RAF No.331 Squadron (Norwegian) livery, will certainly make an impressive addition to the air show circuit!