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  • midiman69
    Junior Member
    • Jun 2005
    • 3

    Spitfire LA255

    Managed to visit RAF Cottesmore with a friend in the Mob - here are some pictures of the rarely seen Mk21 Spit LA255
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  • Mark12
    MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
    • Jan 2000
    • 10826

    #2
    LA255

    Still serving with 7 Squadron, Bomber Command, with the Black XU code I see.

    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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    • Moondance
      Rank 5 Registered User
      • Mar 2003
      • 738

      #3
      Nice pics, awful colours!

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      • midiman69
        Junior Member
        • Jun 2005
        • 3

        #4
        Yes, I agree - quite awful! - Mind you you should see the state of some of the Harriers there! What was her original code?

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        • Spiteful14
          Rank 5 Registered User
          • Jan 2005
          • 10

          #5
          Thanks for posting..

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          • midiman69
            Junior Member
            • Jun 2005
            • 3

            #6
            You're very welcome - here's a few more
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            • Mark12
              MEANS MOTIVE OPPORTUNITY
              • Jan 2000
              • 10826

              #7
              Originally posted by midiman69
              Yes, I agree - quite awful! - Mind you you should see the state of some of the Harriers there! What was her original code?
              JX-U

              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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              • sycamore
                Rank 5 Registered User
                • Mar 2004
                • 394

                #8
                Any idea where the aircraft is now...?

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                • Bruce
                  Independent analyst
                  • Jan 2000
                  • 10194

                  #9
                  It went through Vintage Fabrics in 2012, so the colour scheme will be right now at least!

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                  • KurtB
                    Rank 4 Registered User
                    • Feb 2018
                    • 160

                    #10
                    I believe it belongs to 1 Sqn Groundcrew, so itll be where they are, Id think.

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                    • Forestfan
                      Rank 5 Registered User
                      • Dec 2005
                      • 92

                      #11
                      It's at RAF Lossiemouth.

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                      • Mothminor
                        Rank 5 Registered User
                        • Dec 2012
                        • 959

                        #12
                        Photo taken at Lossie last October on the Highland Reserve Forces website - http://www.hrfca.co.uk/public-news/e...hment/dsc_0683

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                        • D1566
                          Needs retiring.
                          • Apr 2006
                          • 2101

                          #13
                          Looks better ... Could do with a few more exhaust stubs.
                          Martin

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                          • MK959
                            Benjamin Gilbert
                            • Aug 2003
                            • 333

                            #14
                            Bring her back to the air !

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                            • R4118
                              Rank 5 Registered User
                              • Aug 2015
                              • 369

                              #15
                              Get her to the BBMF and let them do their thing! They did it for TE311 let them do it for this one too

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                              • KurtB
                                Rank 4 Registered User
                                • Feb 2018
                                • 160

                                #16
                                It was at BBMF for storage when 1 Sqn sold their Harriers. When the Sqn stood up again, it was given back. Theres no funding for it to be taken on to BBMFs books, and the owners arent selling. Its owned by the groundcrew of 1 Sqn.

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                                • SADSACK
                                  Rank 5 Registered User
                                  • Jan 2000
                                  • 3470

                                  #17
                                  BBMF told me that if they could, they would
                                  pb::

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                                  • Aerosquip
                                    Rank 5 Registered User
                                    • Nov 2013
                                    • 12

                                    #18
                                    BBMF looked after this Spitfire and it was made cosmetically sound while at Coningsby. It was a bit of a basket case, iirc the wings were pretty jiggered (technical term), no one at BBMF thought it was a go'er at that time, but with enough money...

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                                    • SADSACK
                                      Rank 5 Registered User
                                      • Jan 2000
                                      • 3470

                                      #19
                                      Are the any parts unique to this variant?
                                      pb::

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                                      • Bungee
                                        Rank 3 Registered User
                                        • Apr 2018
                                        • 3

                                        #20
                                        Managed to 'trade' some of the blind flying panel intstruments for my equally aged cloth bomber back in '82/3 when I was groundcrew on F Troop, they are still in use! Trent Aero at Castle Donington had given us a bubble canopy as part of a minor refurb of the airframe, BBMF were continually robbing parts from it during my tenure on F Troop '82/85.

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