Spitfire MkIa N3200 Flies Again!

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  1. buffnut453

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    Spitfire MkIa, N3200, which was shot down over Dunkirk in May 1940 and buried under shifting beach sand has finally taken to the air again wearing the markings she wore on the day she was lost. Simply amazing!!!

    Spitfire N3200
     
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    Brilliant!
    I hope I get to see her at the Duxford show at the end of May.
     
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    Awesome, looking forward to seeing another spit soon! :)
     
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    You do have to doff your hat to the skill and effort that goes into a piece of work like this.
     
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    The latest Spitfire restoration to emerge from the Aircraft Restoration Company’s (ARCo) hangar at IWM Duxford made its first post-restoration flight on Wednesday, 26 March 2014 when Mk.Ia N3200 (G-CFGJ) took to the skies.

    Aviation News ? Spitfire Mk.Ia N3200 flies | GAR
     
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    Great to see an early Spitfire flying again.

    I am a fan of the short-nose Spits and have only seen one fly to date.
     
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    Ok, sorry if this is a dumb question, but why is the underside of the port wing black, and the underside of teh starbord painted properly? BUT, beautiful aircraft, good to see a vet that saw combat back in the air. Anyone have the particular combat report for this encounter?

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    Was to enable the aircraft to be recognised over land by the observer corps. Pretty sure it was phased out by early 1941.
     
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    It changed from silver (or white) undersides with black port wing underside, to overall 'Sky' undersides on 6th June 1940, and was re-introduced on November 27th 1940, retaining the 'Sky', but with a black port wing, and 'A1' roundel. This was in turn replaced with 'Sky' overall undersides again, in April 1941.
     
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    Wot Airframes and Alex said. Painting the port underwing black was a recognition feature for RAF fighter aircraft. Initially, the port underwing was black while the starboard underwing was white, all other underside areas were aluminium (dope or paint). Roundels were later added under the wings. The next change was to paint the entire underside Sky with no roundels. Then the roundels were added again, followed by a return of the black port underwing (with the rest in Sky) in late 1940. I think that latter scheme was pretty short lived, overall Sky undersides being re-introduced until the advent of the Day Fighter Scheme later in 1941. There were exceptions (eg the local marking of Buffalos in the Far East) but the above precis is (roughly) what was supposed to happen...not that all the changes were applied uniformly!
     
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    Is this the one with hand cranked undercarriage?
     
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    1 The spitfire was a day/ night fighter
    2 Dowding was a keen chess player and loved the flying chess board formation.
     
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    Possibly. The first MkI's had the manual system, with later production MkI's, and all subsequent Marks being fitted with the engine-driven retraction pump, also retro-fitted to earlier MkI's.
     
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    Beautiful airplane and the restoration was top notch! :)
     
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    glad to see her restored to her former glory...
     
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    Another beautiful example put back where she belongs,, in the skies. And the bar continues to be raised in regards to the quality of each progressive restoration, its going to be tough to beat the last two,,,
     
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