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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


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