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Spitfire Season (7)

‘When Day is Done’

A portrait of the most elegant of aircraft to emerge from WW2 - a single Spitfire makes a late return as the last of the summer light outlines the dying cloud formations. The Spitfire combining combat effectiveness with quality of design has remained as one of the true icons of that period.

With a truly international history this particular aircraft was issued to 312 Czech Squadron in 1944 and served throughout the latter stages of WW2 in Europe. Transferred to the Royal Netherlands Air Force in 1946 and operated with them, in Java, until 1950. Then refurbished and delivered to the Royal Belgian Air Force in 1952 serving there until damaged and struck off charge in 1955. Relegated to ’gate guard’ duties, on a concrete plinth, at the Musee Royal de l’Armee, Brussels from 1955 to 1988 when rescued by the Historic Aircraft Collection in Jersey for restoration. Restoration completed at Duxford on Sept 2000 and then flown regularly at UK airshows. Sold on to the Russell Group, Ontario, Canada and now displayed at Canadian airshows. A truly international ‘voyage’!

A fine example of the MK IX and kept in superb condition by the Canadian group - this image taken at Niagara display and presented on a UK sunset background.

My thanks to all who commented on the previous post - Malta - glad that it managed to revive so many memories of relatives who ‘were there'. Been away from the desk for a few days and now trying to catch up.

Title:Spitfire Season (7)
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:2 Jun 2010 - 10:42 AM
Tags:Aircraft, Digital art, Spitfire, Ww2
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franken
franken e2 Member 113048 forum postsfranken vcard Wales4 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 10:49 AM

Another excellent image.

Ken

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photophantom
2 Jun 2010 - 10:56 AM

outstanding
Dennis

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TrevW
TrevW  4117 forum posts United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 - 11:09 AM

That looks so good! Nice bit of history too to go with it.

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Kim Walton
Kim Walton  10144 forum posts United Kingdom29 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 11:32 AM

If i ever wanted to take an aircraft shot,this would be it.Supurb

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Rob66
Rob66  4 United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 11:41 AM

Another excellent picture and write up - the light on the aircraft and the background is spot on.

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viscostatic
2 Jun 2010 - 12:13 PM

Excellent as always.

Phil.

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horley
horley  6 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 - 2:36 PM

It is indeed an elegant aircraft,nicely presented.terry

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Canadiann
Canadiann  4 Canada2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 4:38 PM

Hi Pat, still trying to catch up with everything. So much going on to get me down. This is the weekend I have been looking forward to coming up Denis' 60th Birthday and Sunday will be our 40th Wedding Anniversary. Thanks again for the prints he is still on cloud 9. Love this one Pat and I know Denis will too when I show it to him.
Regards
Ann

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UBOAT
UBOAT  641 forum posts Scotland
2 Jun 2010 - 6:03 PM

Another brilliant composition grampa. Wonderful colours and lighting on the aircraft.

connor

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lifesnapper
lifesnapper e2 Member 8lifesnapper vcard England1 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 6:23 PM

Perfect composition Pat'.

John Smile

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Shroomer
Shroomer  7 England167 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 7:11 PM

What a superb sky to set this fine aircraft up Pat. This would look so good on any Mess Wall. The tones and detail spot on as always
Great work
Richard

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Oliverpants
Oliverpants e2 Member 5Oliverpants vcard England2 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 9:12 PM

Another fantastic image, the colours in the sky are so good and compliment the plane so well. Ann

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cassiecat
cassiecat  639 forum posts England46 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 9:13 PM

agree with ann.lesley

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Jestertheclown
2 Jun 2010 - 10:11 PM

Another excellent image Pat.
I'm considering having a go at one of these myself!
Jester.

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metro074
metro074 e2 Member 4metro074 vcard Australia8 Constructive Critique Points
2 Jun 2010 - 11:02 PM

Excellent Work and write up. There are are two here in Australia at Tomora. If you google 'Tomora Air Museum' Im sure you will find it very interesting
Regards Carol

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CaptainTweaky
2 Jun 2010 - 11:53 PM

Another really superb image and very informative write-up - very impressive
David

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milky
milky e2 Member 11milky vcard Wales
3 Jun 2010 - 2:18 AM

Great shot beautiful detail & colour,Excellent work-------Milky

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patspeirs
patspeirs  7 Scotland
3 Jun 2010 - 9:14 AM

Thanks for the link Carol. What a fine collection, especially the Vampire, Meteor and Canberra - all figure large in my log-book - need a trip to see you all 'down there'!! Thanks for the input.
Pat

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alansnap
alansnap e2 Member 10528 forum postsalansnap vcard United Kingdom22 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2010 - 8:03 PM

A lovely aircraft and a very interesting story.
Here's one to amuse. One of the best togs in our club regularly goes up a hill near Preston called Nicky Nook, and takes his camera. One lovely evening recently he stood up there and saw a plane way out over Morecambe Bay and flying inland. He watched out of curiosity as it flew in and as it got close it banked and the lovely silhouette of the Spitfire wings became obvious. Dave stood transfixed as it flew only a hundred feet above him and was gone. It was only then he remembered he was standing holding his SLR. He hasn't been able to live it down, but I think sometimes it pays to watch in awe and to hell with the camera.

Alan

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patspeirs  7 Scotland
3 Jun 2010 - 9:40 PM

Alan, did the same myself at Duxford a few years ago when the display opened with three 'sections' of three Spits each doing the most enlivening beat up of the field - to be savoured rather than photoed! Thanks for the input..................Pat

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Mynett
Mynett e2 Member 6137 forum postsMynett vcard United Kingdom6 Constructive Critique Points
3 Jun 2010 - 9:47 PM

so clever, the light in the sky and that on the plane look so realistic - amazing work

Linda

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Joline
Joline e2 Member 8Joline vcard United States51 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2010 - 1:44 AM

What a great combination of light and clouds. You have created a fine digital reality.

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RonnieAG
RonnieAG e2 Member 4139 forum postsRonnieAG vcard Scotland110 Constructive Critique Points
4 Jun 2010 - 2:23 PM

Marvellous image, Pat. The unmistakable outline of the Spitfire against the evening sky. And as always the excellent write up that is so informative and interesting.
Regards, Ronnie.

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wideangler
5 Jun 2010 - 10:45 AM

Wonderful, evocative, beautiful.

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Excellent work Pat - love the mood in this image

Chris

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Mad4WDW
Mad4WDW  5 England
18 Jun 2010 - 5:45 PM

Really great Pat

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