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Aero Legends has reported that repairs to their Spitfire T9 NH341 “Elizabeth” have been completed, and just in time for the Battle of Britain Airshow at Headcorn Airfield this weekend.

As previously reported, the aircraft, which is used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn in Kent, experienced a landing on June 16th “where the undercarriage was not fully locked down.” Both the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

Since then, Historic Flying Ltd and Aircraft Restoration Company engineers went to work assessing the damage and returning the aircraft to the skies “with almost wartime levels of service.” Engine runs were performed on June 20th, followed by the completion of “outstanding rectification work” and aesthetic details.

With repairs complete, the machine will once again begin performing passenger flights, although a final return to service date has not yet been reported.

(via Aero Legends and Aircraft Restoration Company)

Newly restored Spitfire NH341 performed its first post-restoration flight on March 11th, but the test was cut short when a carburettor issue was discovered.

The anticipated flight drew an assembly of veterans and aviation enthusiasts to the Imperial War Museum’s Duxford Aerodrome, where NH341 underwent a painstaking restoration after being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011. One of those on hand was 94-year-old former Lancaster pilot Gerry Abrahams, who said that the engine start made his “heart flutter”, stating “that is the best part of a Spitfire”. Another attendee was 93-year-old former Dakota pilot Ron Dearman, who described the Spitfire’s appearance as “smashing”.

The machine, which was converted from an LF Mk. IXb to a dual cockpit T9, will be used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent. The date for the next test will reportedly be announced shortly.

Click below to check out a video of the test.

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Aero Legends’ newly restored Spitfire T9 “Elizabeth” is already on the mend following a landing incident on June 16th.

As previously reported, the aircraft (NH341), which is used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent, experienced a landing “where the undercarriage was not fully locked down.” Both the pilot and passenger escaped unharmed.

Today, Aero Legends reports that Martin Overall and his team of Historic Flying Ltd and Aircraft Restoration Company engineers have assessed the damage and performed engine runs that were captured in the video below.

The machine returned to the air in March following a full restoration and conversion from an LF Mk. IXb to a dual cockpit T9. During WW2, it served with 411 Squadron RCAF, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat with FW190s. Its remains were subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011.

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Aero Legends has reported that their newly restored Spitfire T9 (NH341) “experienced a landing today where the undercarriage was not fully locked down.”

Both pilot and passenger escaped unharmed and damage to the aircraft “appears to be light.”

As previously reported, the aircraft served with 411 Squadron RCAF in WW2, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat with FW190s. Its remains were subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011. [click to continue…]

Aero Legends has reported that Spitfire NH341 will return to the air on Saturday, March 11th, marking the machine’s first flight since the Normandy campaign in 1944.

As previously reported, the aircraft served with 411 Squadron RCAF in WW2, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat with FW190s. Its remains were subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011.

During restoration by Duxford-based Historic Flying Ltd, NH341 was converted from an LF Mk. IXb to a dual cockpit T9 and given the name “Elizabeth”. It will be used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent.

Saturday’s flight will be performed from Duxford Aerodrome with John Romain of the Aircraft Restoration Company at the controls. Click below to check out a final restoration update as well as a recent taxi test.

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Yesterday, Aero Legends reported that Spitfire NH341 will return to the air within a month, performing its first flight since the Normandy campaign in 1944.

As previously reported, the aircraft served with 411 Squadron RCAF, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat with FW190s. Its remains were subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011.

Originally an LF Mk. IXb, the aircraft has been converted to a dual cockpit T9 version and will be used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent. A complete list of 2017 dates is now available, and it appears that NH341 will begin offering flights on May 8th at Sywell.

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Yesterday, Aero Legends’ Spitfire NH341 performed its first ground runs following restoration by Duxford-based Historic Flying Ltd.

As previously reported, the machine has been converted from an LF Mk. IXb configuration to a dual cockpit T9 version and will be used for passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent.

NH341 was originally delivered in 1944 and saw action with 411 Squadron RCAF, claiming two enemy aircraft before being forced down near Caen, France during combat. The recovered aircraft was subsequently displayed at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011.

Earlier this month, the aircraft reached a milestone by standing on its gear for the first time in over 70 years. Click below to check out photos and a video of yesterday’s engine test.

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The restoration of Spitfire NH341 has recently reached an important milestone which saw the machine standing on its gear for the first time in 72 years.

The work is being carried out by Duxford-based Historic Flying Ltd, who is converting the aircraft from its original LF Mk. IXb configuration to a dual cockpit T9 version. Beginning next year, the aircraft will become part of the Aero Legends collection, offering passenger flight experiences from Sywell Airfield in Northamptonshire and Headcorn Airfield in Kent.

NH341 was originally delivered in 1944 and served with 411 Squadron RCAF, where it was flown by several pilots. Among them was Flt. Lt. Hugh Charles Trainor, who claimed two victories in the aircraft. The machine was eventually downed during combat with FW190s near Caen, France, with the pilot escaping unharmed. Its remains were recovered and placed on display at the Musee Memorial de la Bataille de Normandie and the Juno Beach Museum before being acquired by Aero Legends in 2011.

Ground running tests are expected to begin shortly. Click below to view additional photos.

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