Supermarine Spitfire MKXI Startup

Supermarine Spitfire MKXI PL965, Starting up

MKX1 Spitfire PL965 (G-MKXI), Starting up prior to taxi and the start of a display. Recorded August 2008 at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden. This Spitfire is operated by Hanger 11 from North Weald.

Supermarine Spitfire MK XI serial number PL 965 left the Aldermaston factory in mid 1944. Built as a MK XI photo reconnaissance aircraft, she was designed to operate at high altitudes (over 30,000 ft) and at high speeds of over 400 mph and as such was the fastest of all the Rolls-Royce Merlin powered Spitfires. She was allocated to No.9 MU Cosford on 1st October 1944 and then ferried to No 34 wing and thence allocated to16 Squadron, which at the time, was a forward squadron, based at Melsbroek airfield, near Brussels in Belgium as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. She proudly wore the identifying code "R" for Robert. -

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