|German Spitfire first flight imminent|
|Written by Mark|
|Wednesday, 28 December 2011 11:29|
SPITFIRE Tr.9 MJ772/ D-FMKN was due to make its first flight in more than 25 years before the end of 2011 at Bremgarten, south-west Germany, following an intensive year-long rebuild by Meier Motors (MM). Once test-flying is completed the combat veteran will be ferried to a new home at the Air Fighter Academy GmbH at Heringsdorf on the island of Usedom in the Baltic, one of Germany’s top holiday tourism destinations.
The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was rebuilt by Vintage V12s Inc at Tehachapi, California, in the USA. Built at Castle Bromwich at the end of 1943, MJ772 flew 50 operations during the Second World War, was converted to Tr.9 configuration in 1950, and flew with the Irish Air Corps from 1951 to 1960. From 2004 to 2010 it was on static display at the Experimental Aircraft Association Museum at Oshkosh, Wisconsin. It arrived at Bremgarten, crated, in December 2010. Meanwhile, in another part of theMM hangar, restoration of a Hawker Sea Fury wing is under way. Company proprietors Elmar and Achim Meier had long wanted to get a Sea Fury to Bremgarten, having seen one performing in an air show over Freiburg in the mid-1970s.
They finally acquired Sea Fury T.20 VX302 from the Cavanaugh Flight Museum in Texas, USA, in early 2011. This aeroplane has particular significance in Germany. During the 1960s and early 1970s, registered D-CACE, it was one of 17 bright red Sea Furies operated by the German Company Deutsche Luftwaffenberatungsdienst, towing targets for the new Luftwaffe over Luebeck- Blankensee. The fuselage of D-CACE is now with Sea Fury specialists Sanders Aeronautics at Ione, California, for rebuilding, and the Bristol Centaurus engine is being rebuilt by Vintage V12s. It is hoped that D-CACE will fly again in 2015, 40 years after the Meier brothers first saw Hawker’s thoroughbred in action.
|Last Updated on Wednesday, 28 December 2011 11:37|