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  • Mark12
    MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY

    All happening in Norway..Spitfire No. 2

    The crash remains of RNorAF Mk IX Spitfire MK997 were finally beached this morning, 13th August, at Lake Samsjoen.

    Amazing condition and it will most certainly fly again.

    Many congratulations to the team, a magnificent achievement.

    Mark

    Images - yvind Ellingsen







    Last edited by Mark12; 13th August 2018, 12:24.
    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"
  • DazDaMan
    Rank 5 Registered User

    #2
    Fantastic!
    Daren Cogdon

    Spitfire fanatic

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    • Mayhem Marshy
      Rank 5 Registered User

      #3
      Prior to the accident:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38EQgratE1M


      looks a bit chilly!

      incidentally, Mark12, the clip states that MK997 will be preserved for static display. Is this no longer the case and that an airworthy restoration is to be expected?
      Last edited by Mayhem Marshy; 13th August 2018, 14:44.

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      • paulmcmillan
        Rank 5 Registered User

        #4
        Back in Dec 2017 Norwegian Flying Aces stated it would be rebuilt as a 2 seat flier To join EN570 already under rebuild to 2 seater

        I assume you will be seeing parts of it at AA in the near future ;-)
        Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.

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        • Meddle
          Rank Bajin.

          #5
          Good grief! It makes you wonder what else is out there in this sort of condition. This is readily identifiable as a Spitfire, even to these untrained eyes.

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          • richw_82
            White Knuckle Airlines

            #6
            This one's been on its way for a while hasn't it? I seem to remember a Youtube video of the parts (the engine in particular) in the lake shortly after it had been relocated, and the pilot was only recovered and laid to rest about 2011..?

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            • Mark12
              MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY

              #7
              Divers had located the large pieces and using flotation bags had bought them in close to the shoreline some weeks ago. A helicopter was then used to ferry the parts around the shore line to the vehicle access point.

              Mark
              "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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              • David Burke
                Rank 5 Registered User

                #8
                This was a fatal accident so unfortunately the wreckage is also some form of memorial . How much of what is pictured is in any state to fly again is debateable.

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                • warhawk69
                  Rank 5 Registered User

                  #9
                  just the data plate I would imagine!

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                  • Mark12
                    MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY

                    #10
                    This is the memorial to the pilot Finn Thorstensen at the crash site.

                    .

                    From experience I can tell you a vast amount of material and fittings that you see in these images will be suitable for flight restoration...after inspections, repairs and testing under approved conditions.

                    Mark
                    "...the story had been forensically examined and was deeply impressive. I knew that the whole story was a load of myth and baloney"

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                    • Bruce
                      Independent analyst

                      #11
                      Indeed, A lot of it looks re-usable. Cant see much of the cockpit section though.

                      Oyvind has had his eye on this prize for a very long time. Nice to see it break the surface.

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                      • paulmcmillan
                        Rank 5 Registered User

                        #12
                        Havent some parts already been retrieved from this in the Past? Could that have been part of cockpit when body recovered ?
                        Weather - Fair with cloudy patches, clear by early evening.

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                        • Wyvernfan
                          Rank 5 Registered User

                          #13
                          Very very nice and congratulations to those involved with its recovery - but personally I couldn’t bring myself to restore one single piece from such a well preserved wreck. Just look at those amazing markings!



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                          • David Burke
                            Rank 5 Registered User

                            #14
                            Its nice to think that a vast amount would be used again. However lookung at what is there - the fin looks hit and I should imagine a new fuselage for starters. Then new wing spars and I should imagine time hasn't been kind to the oleo's . Maybe when the Spitfire is being built the recovered items being reused could be illustrated - it would be interesting to see.

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                            • Brenden S
                              Rank 4 Registered User

                              #15
                              great recovery, and I really wonder what is still out there.

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                              • Sopwith
                                Rank 5 Registered User

                                #16
                                Looks great. The recovery would make a really interesting article in one of the mags, I for one would love to read about it in more depth ( excuse the pun ). Hope someone does it.

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                                • James D
                                  Rank 5 Registered User

                                  #17
                                  Is the centre section there too, or was it not located?
                                  Have YOU used the "Will it be at Legends" joke yet today?

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                                  • Fournier Boy
                                    Rank 5 Registered User

                                    #18
                                    I believe the centre section was recovered when they recovered the remains of the pilot some years ago. There were photos around on the internet of that being done previously.

                                    FB

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                                    • hampden98
                                      Rank 5 Registered User

                                      #19
                                      Can't you restore the data plates but keep the wreck as a museum exhibit, or is that not allowed?

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                                      • DH82EH
                                        Rank 5 Registered User

                                        #20
                                        What happens in many cases, is the unusable remains get scrapped in order to protect provenance.

                                        Andy

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