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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Seijasicon View Post
    the prettiest plane ever built
    For sure the later models.
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    The local Spit Mk.IX


    This one was built at the Castle Bromwich Factory near Birmingham in December of 1943. It flew bomber escort missions during the Italianicon and Southern Franceicon campaigns. Later it was rescued from an Israeli playground where the kids were crawling over it and was restored to museum and flying condition by the Fighter Factory.



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    There were later ones than the MK17, like the Mark XIX versions with 5-bladed prop and even two counter-rotating 4s.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob Seijasicon View Post
    the Mark XIX versions with 5-bladed prop and even two counter-rotating 4s.
    Yes...I was witness to one flying over our main highway here flanked by Harvards about 25 years back. No idea who or why...it had clipped wing ends and counter rotating props. Very evident...

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