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“I suppose it came about nine years ago, when Matt and I bought an old two-seater Spitfire at auction and decided we ought to do something special,” Brooks says.
originally posted by: Tempter
Well, they've got one thing right. It's not just GB enamored with the Spitfire. It's just an icon, unrealistically-beautiful aircraft, let alone combat aircraft. It's simply stunning.
I love aircraft very much, and I can think of only one other aircraft that is more beautiful than a Spitfire, in it's own right: The Hughes H-1 Racer.
originally posted by: AngryCymraeg
Obviously they must have long range fuel tanks and a drop tank, as the original Spitfire was notoriously short-ranged, because it was designed as a short range interceptor. Great story though.
The capacity of the main fuel tanks was 48 gal for the upper tank and 37 gal for the lower, for a total internal capacity of 85 gal. Jettisonable "slipper tanks" of 30, 45 or 90 gal could be carried under the centre-section. As an alternative a cylindrical 50 gal drop tank, adapted from those carried by long range Hawker Typhoons, could be carried on the fuselage bomb rack used on most Mk IXs of the Second Tactical Air Force. To further increase the combat radius some late production Mk IXs were fitted with additional internal self-sealing fuel tanks in the rear fuselage: the upper tank carried 41 gal and the lower 34 gal. When both were full this enabled a ferry range of over 1,200 miles (1,900 km), although they made the aircraft unstable in flight and only straight flight and gentle manoeuvres at low altitudes were recommended by the pilot's manual.