Listing Detail Tabs

Arguably the ultimate version of the Spitfire, the unarmed Rolls-Royce
Griffon-powered PR.XIX reconnaissance aircraft relied on speed and stealth to
survive in the combat area. This version of the Spitfire still holds the world
altitude record for a single piston-engined aircraft, set at 51,500 ft. in
February 1952 by Flight Lieutenant Ted Powles.
First entering service with the RAF in 1944, the Spitfire PR XIX was a superb
reconnaissance platform and continued in service long after the end of the
Second World War. Powered by the mighty Rolls Royce Griffon engine, these
ultimate Spitfires traveled at speeds of over 100mph faster than the first
Squadron machines and could attain far greater altitudes. In February 1952,
Flight Lieutenant Ted Powles flew Spitfire PS852 to an incredible altitude of
51,500ft during a reconnaissance flight over the Chinese Island of Hainan.

Flying with RAF No.81 Squadron out of Kai Tak airfield in Hong Kong, Powles
set an altitude record for the Spitfire and for single engine piston fighters
which still stands to this day, acting as an enduring legacy of these
magnificent machines. The scheme worn by Ted Powles Spitfire on his
record-breaking flight has recently been applied to one of the Battles of
Britain Memorial Flight Spitfire PR XIXs (PS915), following the completion of a
'major plus' refurbishment of the aircraft. It will hopefully be seen
enthralling Airshow audiences throughout 2017.

* Skill 1

Flying Hours 1

Number of Parts 44

Dimensions (mm) L138 x W156

Suitable for 8+ years


NZ delivery is usually within 1-2 business days using tracked courier. Please see About Store for more detailed shipping information and our returns policy. We love happy customers - so please get in touch if you have questions or concerns before leaving feedback!
There were no answered questions or comments placed on this listing.
Your question and answer privileges have been disabled.
You must log in to view questions and answers on this listing. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases.
You must log in to ask or answer questions posted. We recommend reading questions before you make any purchases. Available only to approved bidders. You must be an authenticated member to ask questions Find out more about becoming authenticated. Your account is in debt Your current account balance is You must credit your account to use this feature.
Firearms licence #
Firearms licence holder name
First name is required
Last name is required
Your current account balance is Please note you will lose your question and answer privileges if your account is in debt for more than 2 weeks. Credit your account.
I confirm that I am over 18 years old.
To prevent your personal details being misused please do not put emails or phone numbers in questions. Failure to comply may result in the suspension of your account. The seller cannot add a Buy Now price once bidding has started.

Shipping options

  • NZ-wide tracked courier (non-signature)$3.90
  • NZ-wide tracked courier (signature)$6.90
  • Rural Delivery tracked courier (non-signature)$7.40
  • Rural Delivery tracked courier (signature)$10.40
  • Store does not allow pick-ups
  • Store location: North Shore, Auckland, NZ

Payment options

Ping and Afterpay include:

Buyer Protection Learn More