That's difficult to answer as a Spit needs a lot of maintenance. The
annual service can take a couple of months apparently so do you
include those or not?
For anyone who wants a really good read about the Spitfire, try the
Haynes Manual. No I'm not joking, look here:
I've just finished reading my copy and can thoroughly recommend it.
For those who like a Spitfire low pass, have a look at this
Yes, I would include them if they're airworthy for part of the year.
According to Wikipedia, there are approximately 44 airworthy Spitfires
in the world. A friend of mine who used to be in the RAF also enjoyed
seeing a Spitfire recently (I think he said it was at the airport on the
Isle of Man). He said it was amazing the short distance it needed to
take off compared to a jet airliner.
That's cool that you can get a Haynes manual for the Spitfire!
From details in the Haynes book:
Buy a Spitfire c£1.5M
Fuel £1/litre (probably more now). 85gal = 2 hrs flying so not that
Tyres c3400 each and they last about 30 landings on hard runways.
Oil £11/gal. The tank holds 9.5 gal. Consumption is between 1 and 9
pints/ hr. Oil is replaced every 25 hrs.
Insurance 4% of valu/yr = £60,000 if you fully insure. Most owners
don't as a total loss is very unlikely.
The aircraft is serviced after evry flight. This is a viual only
Primary servicing every 28 hrs takes 3 techs 1 day.
Annual servicing every yr or 70 hrs takes 4 techs 3 - 4 months!
Minor servicing is every 280 hrs.
A major service is 560 hrs and includes all the usual stuff plus
striping off all paint to examin the panels. X ray checking critical
Of course you could just put your Spitfire into storage. That means it
needs inhibiting agains corosion. That takes about a week to apply.
God knows how long it takes to put it back in the air.
Remember that only qualified technicians are allowed to work on
aircraft like this and the costs become obvious.
Spitfires are only for the seriously rich.
Today, I happened to be outside tarting up the car when I heard a quite
unusual aircraft noise. Looked up to see a Lancaster flying directly
over the house. Not sure what was with it - not a Spitfire but I only
had eyes for the Lancaster. Possibly a Hurricane
No idea how high but not very - there was a good deal of cloud cover.
From the web site, I guess they were coming from Wolverhampton. Looks
like they had a busy day today.
What a treat.
On Thu, 5 Jun 2008 21:20:22 +0100, "Andrew Mawson"
I can remember being in thecar park at PC World in Cribbs Causeway
close to Filton, Bristol and seeing and hearing a Spitfire doing
circuirts and bumps and aerobatics for many minutes. I think everyone
in the car parks stopped and watched. I can only assume that the
craft had been at Rolls Royce for a service. An unforgetable
experience and what a sound :-)
I was somewhat deliberate in my comments.
My memory goes to the 17th April 1942 when my next door neughbour's
boy 'Arthur' Garwell DFC DFM took off for Augsburg in broad daylight
for Augsburg and thus the raid was the first ever raid by
Lancasters.Only two Lancs were left in the first flight and Arthur
flying as wing man to Sl/Ldr John Nettleton VC got their bombs on
Arthur never made it home until after the was having ended in Stalag
Luft 111and took part in what you people call the Great Escape.
The Lancasters were used again at the Mohne and Eder Dams and my
'boss' was Signals Officer to Guy Gibson VC. The bouncing bombs were
made by one of my good friends at Vickers on the Tyne. Of course, RAF
617 is still in existence at RAF Marham and flies with my own '31'
with Tornados. So much for the Lanc but it was replaced by 'Shack' in
1949 and I was a Farborough to see it, Comet 1 and Canberra 1 fly for
the first time. Out of Filton came Brabazon. The Meteor 8's with re-
heats were doing 40,000 feet in 4 mins!
However, we had two Squadrons of Spits at Hendon.
601 and 604 with Battle of Britain ace Max Airken leading the 601's.
Somewhere in the Goldstar News is Tempting Providence.
The real story of submarine sinking- not Morning Departure the
fictional but very disturbing film of 1950.
I was there- for real.
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