Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII
Rego: VH-HET Military S/N: A58-758
The Spitfire Mk VIII is an all-metal, semi-monocoque construction with a canti-levered wing, fabric covered elevators and rudder and retractable landing gear. A total of 20,334 Spitfires were built before, during and after the war with a total of 1652 Spitfire Mk VIII variants were built.
This aircraft was the last Spitfire acquired by the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF). It was built by Supermarine in England in 1944, test flown and then shipped to Australia. The Air Force took delivery of the aircraft in April 1945. with World War II drawing to a close, the aircraft was not required on active service and was placed into storage.
After the war, the aircraft was used at Sydney Technical College as an instructional airframe. It was then acquired by Mr. Sid Marshall who stored it, disassembled, at Bankstown until 1982. Mr. Colin Pay of Scone obtained the Spitfire and began a detailed restoration program which was completed in 1985 when the aircraft flew again.
The aircraft is painted in the green and grey camouflage colours worn by the RAAF aircraft defending Darwin during World War II and in operations in the South West Pacific. The aircraft carries the markings of Wing Commander R.H. (Bobby) Gibbes OAM DSO DFC*.
David Lowy acquired the aircraft in May 2000 and donated it to the Temora Aviation Museum in July 2002. The aircraft is maintained in an airworthy condition and regularly flown at Museum displays and airshows.
EngineRolls-Royce Merlin 70
1710 horsepower (1275.66 kW)
27 Litre liquid cooled V-12 piston engine equipped with a two speed, two-stage supercharger.
PropellerRotol Constant Speed
10'9" diameter (3.22m)
An engine driven propeller governor hydraulically controls four wooden blades.
|Aviation Gasoline 100 Octane|
|Wing Tank Capacity:||90 Imperial Gallons||409 Litres||108 U.S. Gallons|
|Wing Tank Capacity (2):||30 Imperial Gallons||136 Litres||36 U.S. Gallons|
|Wingspan:||36' 10"||11.23 m|
|Length:||31' 3 ½ "||9.54 m|
|Wing Area:||242 sq. ft||22.50 sq. m|
|Height:||12' 7 ¾"||3.85 m|
|Empty:||5,805 lb||2,633 kg|
|Maximum Takeoff weight:||8,021 lb||3,38 kg|
|Two 20mm Hispano Cannons.|
|Four .303 in. Browning Machine Guns.|
|Provision for one 500 lb (227 kg) or two 250 lb (114 kg) bombs.|
|Maximum Speed:||361 knots||416 mph||669 km/h|
|Cruise Speed:||220 knots||253 mph||407 km/h|