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  • Old Git
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jul 2003
    • 960

    R-R Spitfires PS853 & RM689

    I appreciate there are older threads on these Spitfires but they have not been updated for some time. I was wondering if they are both still owned by R-R and from what I have been able to find out trawling the web is that one is still flying but the other may not fly again. Does anyone know the exact position as it is now? Thanks
  • David Burke
    Rank 5 Registered User
    • Jan 2000
    • 10032

    #2
    Future tor RM689 appears to be ground bound

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    • TonyT
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Oct 2006
      • 9044

      #3
      Yep, PS853 has a new hangar at East Mids and is airworthy, it has been out and about of late, as for the other, if you saw it, you would understand.

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      • TonyT
        Rank 5 Registered User
        • Oct 2006
        • 9044

        #4
        http://news.bespokeconstruction.co.u...h-at-east.html

        https://www.stoford.com/special_proj...lands-airport/

        One bay is the Spit, the other is for the Gulfstream.

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        • Sopwith
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Mar 2009
          • 1526

          #5
          Can you enlarge on your post #3 TonyT regarding RM689? Thanks
          Last edited by Sopwith; 9th September 2019, 14:17. Reason: spelling mistake

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          • Propstrike
            Rank 5 Registered User
            • Mar 2004
            • 4010

            #6
            I interpret that as a subtle reference to the highly disrupted state of the remaining components of the aircraft.

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            • BrizeWatcher
              Rank 5 Registered User
              • Nov 2014
              • 108

              #7
              Any idea if PS853 is currently airworthy? It's due at Duxford but, I'm led to believe it didn't appear at either Bournemouth or Little Gransden.

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              • Evalu8ter
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Nov 2011
                • 189

                #8
                Propstrike, IIRC there was a new fuselage built by AA for RM689 some years ago, and a wing was being sourced. Whilst the 'original' RM689 was tragically 'disrupted' there was an effort to resurrect the aircraft around those components deemed salvageable. I think the rebuild was halted a decade or so ago and the partially rebuilt aircraft put in store. Happy to be corrected.

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                • Sopwith
                  Rank 5 Registered User
                  • Mar 2009
                  • 1526

                  #9
                  I did see RM689 under rebuild with Hull Aero at Catfield about 12 or 14 years ago but haven’t seen any updates on it of late. Hence my question in post #5

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                  • DazDaMan
                    Rank 5 Registered User
                    • Aug 2003
                    • 18720

                    #10
                    From my hazy memory, '689's rebuild had been put on hold due to financial constraints. The fuselage had been completed.

                    PS853 was out and about a couple of weeks ago, according to Facebook posts.
                    Daren Cogdon

                    Spitfire fanatic

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                    • DaveF68
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Jun 2004
                      • 1791

                      #11
                      689 was moved to RR's facility at East Midland some time ago - I beleive the intention was to incorporate it into the new buildings as a static training facility.

                      https://forum.keypublishing.com/foru...less-simulator
                      Last edited by DaveF68; 10th September 2019, 00:07.

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                      • Spiteful
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Sep 2005
                        • 219

                        #12
                        I don't think this ever the intention for 689, but just a artistic view as part of the application. I understand any simulator would have been a bespoke build rather than using the fuselage of 689.

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