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  • BSG-75
    So say we all.....
    • Aug 2007
    • 2836

    Chinese People's Liberation Army Air Force with Spitfire IXs ?

    http://forum.12oclockhigh.net/showth...954#post144954

    I don't use this forum much, but this thread caught my eye, I'll go back and keep a watch on it I think......
    You can teach monkies to fly better than that....
  • Flyer
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Nov 2008
    • 335

    #2
    That Forum's members are right - the best confirmation of this fact could be the image(s) of Chinese Spitfires; and if that photo would be clear - it would be better.
    From other hand, there is a danger of "Photoshopping"...

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    • Flanker_man
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Jan 2000
      • 3681

      #3
      The Chinese Aviation museum at XiaoTangShan near Beijing has a Spitfire XVI - at least that's what it looks like in the photo in the brochure I purchased.

      It has RAF camouflage, coded HT - B and the serial starts with TE....

      Unfortunately at the time of my visit in November 2010, it was not on display and I have no idea of its provenance....

      Ken
      Flanker Freak & Russian Aviation Enthusiast.
      Flankers (& others) website at :-
      http://flankers.co.uk/

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      • G-ORDY
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Mar 2005
        • 928

        #4
        TE330

        Originally posted by Flanker_man View Post
        The Chinese Aviation museum at XiaoTangShan near Beijing has a Spitfire XVI - at least that's what it looks like in the photo in the brochure I purchased.

        It has RAF camouflage, coded HT - B and the serial starts with TE....

        Unfortunately at the time of my visit in November 2010, it was not on display and I have no idea of its provenance....

        Ken
        TE330 - bought at auction for NZ$2.6m in 2008 and gifted to the Museum by a Hong Kong-based businessman. One of the original members of the BBMF (http://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/history/historyrafbbmf.cfm). Full illustrated history in Volume II of our magnum opus - available later this year
        Now finished Hawker Hurricane Survivors - published by Grub Street http://grubstreet.co.uk/product/hawk...ane-survivors/

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        • DavidIsby
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Apr 2012
          • 586

          #5
          No evidence that PLAAF Spits existed

          Looking into this, still no evidence that Chinese Spitfires are not a myth.

          There MAY (and I have not gone looking for the source in the archives) have been an origin in a mis-identification (P-51s?) by UK travelers/diplomats in the PRC in the early 1950s.

          I would be delighted to be proved wrong on this.
          sigpic author of THE DECISIVE DUEL: SPITFIRE vs 109

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