The Spitfire Spares Mk IX Spitfire
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Latest events in 2010 attended by
The Lord mayors show in
Queens Square Birmingham
1st June 2010
We arrived at 5am and had the Spit
unloaded up and running in two and a half hours a new personal record. It was a
nice dry day with a big crowd. The lord major inspected the Spitfire and was
pleased with what he saw. We met loads of interesting people that day including
Graham Adlam and Tim Perrin
Crew chief Darren Hayes with his back to us
supervises an engine run.
Graham Adlam and Pete AKA HunterXF382
See Pete's video of the Spit
From Left to right centre Tim Perrin, "Timmy the
Guns" armanents and electrics, Darren Hayes Crew Chief
and Graham Adlam Group Commander and pilot.
War on the Line
June 5th and 6th of June
A Superb event plenty of sun
with lots going on including a superb Battle of Britain class steam engine a
personal favourite of mine. We set up our mess for the first time, luxury!
We put out
collecting tins inviting photographers to donate money to
Help for Heroes
we managed to collect £320 a great result. Thanks to all the visitors and staff
of the Watercress line.
We intent to improve the
appearance throughout 2010, our group now has 5 members and we are busy sourcing
uniforms. We are compiling a complete maintenance schedule for the
Spitfire based on a 1940 training film. Being a living breathing creature with
running engine and firing guns these checks aren't just for fun and effect they
have a real purpose in keeping the old girl up and running. We are still
adjusting the gas cannons and so the crowd were treated to a few loud bangs but
not correct operation we hope to have these permanently sorted for our next
sortie. The engine is currently being serviced and we hope to eliminate the
slight popping and backfiring caused by a faulty fuel pump.
Britain class steam engine at Ropley Station.
The Mess from left to right Crew Chief Darren Hayes,
Tim Perrin "Timmy the Guns" and Mike Phillips.
Spitfire and Crew relaxing in the evenings under a
superb sky. from left to right Darren. Mike and John.
This car was once owned by a wing Commander with a
Graham Adlam instructing a Young Fighter Pilot
Jacob Drudge VR as He prepares to start His Spitfire for the first time.
Hi Graham, we met on Sunday at the War on
the Line event, my son Jacob Drudge had a ‘flight’ in you Spit...Attached are
a couple of photos which may be of interest. He had a fantastic time, a bit of
a late 13th birthday present and he can’t wait to try it again.
Hope to see you around, thanks again,
Doug Webb about to start the
Met you today at Alton what a great pleasure it
was to meet you and your aircraft. As for the sit in and start up it was a
wonderful life time dream many thanks and good luck regards Doug.
Thanks Doug it makes all the hard work worth
while to see people getting such pleasure from Her.
RAF Waddington Air show 3rd and
4th July 2010
En 398 and Graham Adlam with the
War and Peace 2010
We spent nine days at this massive event. Its can be
highly recommended in all respects but you will need more than a day to
appreciate everything that's going on and a couple of nights as well.
EN 398 operated faultlessly, the new charging
generator allowing the engine to fire almost instantly the buttons are pressed.
The engine note is now allot sweeter after new mag parts and timing re
The only real issue to over come is
overheating in hot weather, it takes on average 30 minutes to cool down between
runs. During the run the temp rises at a steady rate but as soon as the engine
stops it shoots up due to the fact the coolant is no longer circulating. On
start up it then tends to drop as water that has cooled in the rads is
circulated. I am considering fitting an auxiliary water pump that can keep the
circulation going after the engine stops.
Those of you who saw me at War and Piece would have
certainly seen the ISO car.
This ex bomb and ammo towing vehicle from a WWII
Aircraft carrier was a revelation. Its two batteries kept it charged for 7 days
travelling many many miles around the show ground sometimes carrying two,
sometimes three and even four back from the Pub.
What a superb piece of war time engineering. Seen in
this shot with a wind up gramophone on the front and the Squadron phone sat on
During the winter I plan to add hydraulic motors to
the wheels to allow her to taxi. We are hoping that next year 2011 a strip can
be found at some of our regular events to taxi and fire the guns.
It will finally be possible for the public to
really re-live the experience of a snap shot in the life of a Fighter Pilot.
Being sat at dispersal when the phone goes, the bell
is rung and scramble out to the aircraft. Fire the engine the chocks are pulled
away and the aircraft moves up the strip, (at walking pace) and finally fire the
The feed back from engine runs has been
incredible, not one person has experienced it without leaving with a massive
grin, for some its an extremely emotional event which invokes child hood
memories of the air war over Britain and for others re-living their own
adult wartime experience.
To add the dimension of movement will make it
possible to experience what so far only War time Pilots and their modern
predecessors who are lucky enough to operate flying Spitfires have experienced.
We will of coarse still continue to offer engine runs to those of us who
find the thought of running 30 yards to and climbing into the cockpit a little
Here are some pictures from the
2010 War and Piece Show.
Here is a Triumph to be driven on a sponsored
pilgrimage to the sites of the murders and graves of the Great escape. Pilots
and ground crew of 402 Squadron.
A 1940s Pin up with EN398
Wing Comander Peter V Ayerst DFC MCML AMRAES with
the Pilots and Crew of 402 Squadron and EN398
Wing Commander Ayerst flew 900 missions on
Hurricanes and Spitfires.
Red Ten, Red Arrow Pilot fires up the Spitfire and
leaves with a large grin.
Petty Officer James Lance Hatcher served with the
FAA from 17th March 1940 to October 15th 1945, this amazing Pilot was launched
by catapult from an armed merchantman served aboard HMS Courageous and HMS
Illustrious, flying various FAA aircraft including the Swordfish and Seafire.
Landing on the heaving deck of a carrier in took considerable skill and
EN398 and the 402 Squadron Mess behind the left
Replica Hurricane belonging to Rex the War and