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Eastbourne International Airshow 2017

SPITFIRE Mk IX The

SPITFIRE Mk IX The Supermarine Spitfire is a British singleseat fighter aircraft, used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after World War II. The Spitfire was built in many variants and produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. RR232 was built in Castle Bromwich by Vickers Armstrong and delivered to the RAF in 1944 as an ‘HF.IX’ high altitude fighter where it was allocated to an anti-aircraft co-operation Squadron. It was then sold to the South African Air Force (SAAF) in 1948. She finally made it back to Britain in 1986 but it was not until 2001 that current owner Martin Phillips bought the aircraft and began a full restoration to airworthy condition that would take nearly 13 years! With parts having been sourced from myriad locations around the world. FLYING TIMES Sat 13:21; Sun 13:51 DIMENSIONS Height: 3.86m; Length: 9.58m Wingspan: 11.23m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 400mph POWERPLANT 1 x Rolls-Royce Merlin 70 DID YOU KNOW? During the full restoration one of the wings was salvaged from a hedge outside a pub near Exeter! She is now known as the ‘City of Exeter’ in honour of a presentation Spitfire donated to the war effort. 50 EASTBOURNE INTERNATIONAL aIR S HOW 2017

P-51D MUSTANG Miss Helen is a little bit special, even amongst P-51 Mustangs. Delivered to the US Army Air Force (USAAF) in 1945 she saw active service in World War II with 352 Fighter Group (FG) and is still in flying condition today! FLYING TIMES Thurs 15:02; Fri 14:41 Sat 14:43; Sun 14:21 Today wearing the same paint scheme as she did in 1945, she’s the last original 352nd Fighter Group P-51 known to exist. It’s uncertain exactly how many missions she flew as Miss Helen, but it’s known that she flew on a mission escorting B-17 bombers to the marshalling yards in Dresden on April 17th 1945, along with another 51 Mustangs! She’s passed through several hands since the War, including those of the Royal Swedish and Israeli Air Forces, she’s starred in the Hollywood film Memphis Belle, and is now owned by Robert Tyrrell and based at the Boultbee Flight Academy at Goodwood Aerodrome. DIMENSIONS Height: 4.08m; Length: 9.75m Wingspan: 11.28m PERFORMANCE Max Speed: 460mph POWERPLANT 1 x Packard V1650 Merlin DID YOU KNOW? The NAA P-51 Mustang is an American long-range, singleseat fighter and fighter-bomber used during World War II, the Korean War and other conflicts. WWW.EASTBOURNEAIRSHOW.COM 51

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