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World War Two: Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI

Spitfire TB863 ('FUP') was for many years the flagship warbird aircraft of the Alpine Fighter Collection in Wanaka, Nw Zealand. A temporary colour scheme for an airshow in 2001 converted the aircraft into one representing the typical markings of Royal Australian Air Force Spitfires which flew in the Pacific Theatre during World War II (as seen on this page).

 

This particular Spitfire Mk.XVI was built near Birmingham in 1944.

Mk.XVITB863 was one of the last built with the standard fuselage, the new look/cut down rear fuselage with a bubble canopy (like the Mk 14) being introduced in February 1945. The aircraft was test flown from Castle Bromwich and subsequently delivered to No. 19 Maintenance Unit at RAF St Athan on 27 February 1945. It was issued to No. 453 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force (one of a number of empire units serving with the RAF) based at Matlask, Norfolk on 22 March as a replacement for a Spitfire vhich forced landed in Holland.

 


WW1 & WW2 Icons: A sopwith Camel formates with the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI at Wanaka.

 


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