Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX
First Flight: 1936
Total Production (All Marks): 22,000 +
Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.27 m)
Engine: Rolls-Royce Merlin 66 supercharged V12, 1,475 hp
Maximum Speed: 408 mph
About VWC's Spitfire:
Manufacturer: Supermarine Spitfire, Castle Bromwich
Serial Number: TE 294
Current Registration: C-GYQQ
Recent Markings: RCAF 442 Squadron honouring Arnold Roseland
Awards: World War II Reserve Grand Champion - Silver Lindy and Pheonix Award Gold Wrench at EAA’s 2018 Oshkosh Convention
To the beleaguered population of Britain during the early part of the Second World War, the Spitfire became the ultimate symbol of defiance and the lone British stand against the seemingly unstoppable German advance. Its heritage springs from a long line of float-equipped racing aircraft designed by the legendary R. J. Mitchell and built by Supermarine Aviation Works, a division of Vickers. Widely considered the most beautiful aircraft design of its day and possibly of all time, the Spitfire’s elegantly shaped “elliptical” wings, sleek and powerful lines and role in the Battle of Britain combined to cement its status as symbol of a nation’s will to endure and ultimately triumph. This highly capable fighter was nimble and fast and was much loved by its pilots, most of whom were trained in Canada.
More than 22,000 “Spits” were built in nearly thirty variants including the “Seafire” a carrier-based fighter of the Fleet Air Arm. The Spit is the only fighter aircraft of the Second World War that was in continuous production before, during and after the conflict. The Vintage Wings of Canada Spitfire is a Rolls Royce Merlin-equipped Mk IX, painted in tribute to Arnold Roseland, a Canadian who flew 442 Squadron's Y2-K aircraft more than 65 times before being shot down and killed in 1944 over France.
Operator: Vintage Wings of Canada