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Contra Spit - Weird !

Discussion in 'The Spitfire' started by Dave War44, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. Dave War44

    Dave War44 Member

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    Apologies to the guy but I had to take a screenshot of his website and share this. The text is his aswell.:red:

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    A mark XIX Spitfire fitted with a late model Griffon engine from a Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft, complete with the Shackleton's contra-rotating propellers.....The aircraft was put together some years ago as part of an attempt at a time-to-altitude record.

    source: Chino 2004 Highlights

    Other awesome photos are there, including a P38 Lightning.
     
  2. Spitfire XIV-E

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    Ah that would be the Griffon 85 fitted models. From Mk XXI upwards there were a few fitted with Griffon 85 2 stage engines with Contra - Props. Although I was not aware of any Mk XIX's with this engine. May have been a one off conversion. This includes the later Sea-Fang & Spiteful which were virtually new Aircraft compared to the older Marks.
     
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    Yes solid info there Spit, apparently the bulges above the exhaust pipes indicate the griffon engine is fitted. More on this particular Spitfire:
    Here's another photo, this time the same aircraft is without the clipped wingtips, and the small camera hole can be seen:
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    I have also become interested in the liveries of these planes after seeing this light blue, and wondering.... It turns out this is an original livery, used for reconnaissance. A darker blue was used for very high level recon work, and desert versions were even painted pink ! Old black & white photos of Spits of course leave us with no idea of how these versions actually looked. I have found a rare Spitfire livery to find a decent photo of is that of the USAF.

    Lastly a period photo from 1954, colourised, of a similar livery, I think this was taken in Singapore, of one of the last operational squadron.

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    "The Last" is one of the PR Mk XIX's in the BBMF. It flew the last operational Spitfire Sortie in 1954 I believe.
     

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