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Spitfire Season (8)

‘The Last of the Line’

The Spitfire MkXIX (PR) was the last development of the Spitfire to see operational WW2 service. Issued to 541 and 542 Squadrons at the Photo Reconnaissance base at Benson in April 1944 the aircraft was the mainstay of high-level recce for the major part of European operations. Virtually completely redesigned - no armament or cockpit armour - and fitted with the supercharged Griffon engine the Spitfire XIX was intended to be untouchable by the Luftwaffe fighter air arm. With a top speed of 460mph and a service ceiling in excess of 44,000 ft this did indeed prove to be the case and the Spit XIX was capable of PR operations over all of Occupied Europe. Increased fuel tankage provided for a range in excess of 1500miles - more than enough to complete missions well beyond Berlin. This was one of the first truly operational aircraft to provide a pressurised cockpit for the crew and a heated area for the variety of cameras carried - ambient external temperatures at 40,000 + ft average around -80C - not the best environment for human or photo film!

The type remained in service until 1952 and this example has been restored to 1944 standards and is currently operated by an individual French owner. The aircraft is a ‘regular’ at Duxford air shows and was photographed there in 2008 - with the original image ‘mounted’ in a more sympathetic cloudscape from my archives.

Title:Spitfire Season (8)
Username:patspeirs patspeirs
Uploaded:4 Jun 2010 - 9:34 AM
Tags:Aircraft, Digital art, Spitfire, Ww2
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digital_boi
4 Jun 2010 - 9:40 AM

superb shot this one love the way the arc of ther props can just be seen or indeed imagined ...thanks also for the narrative click click

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W1ldside
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4 Jun 2010 - 9:42 AM

Morning J ~ Another touch of Nostalgia...
Great stuff and can here the RAF anthem playing now!
Thanks
Rick

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munchonu
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4 Jun 2010 - 9:54 AM

Great catch! Composition is spot on too, pops right out from those clouds. Very informative write up too!

Doug

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Rob66
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4 Jun 2010 - 10:06 AM

Cracking picture and info.

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hary60
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4 Jun 2010 - 11:19 AM

Another excellent capture nice one
Harry

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DeSilver
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4 Jun 2010 - 11:28 AM

Very nice image and with lots of good information to go with it. Grin


David.

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Pentaxpaul
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4 Jun 2010 - 11:45 AM

Superb picture

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Johnfromnotts
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4 Jun 2010 - 12:01 PM

An excellent image. Your commentaries are very interesting indeed.

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viscostatic
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4 Jun 2010 - 1:43 PM

I am learning so much from the information that accompanies your excellent images Pat. Thank you.

Phil.

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RonnieAG
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4 Jun 2010 - 2:27 PM

Another very cleverly constructed image, Pat. The cooler colours of this Spitfire go so well with the colours of the chosen sky. And, of course, the excellent narrative that makes the image so much more fascinating.
Regards, Ronnie.

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UBOAT
UBOAT e2 Member 741 forum postsUBOAT vcard Scotland
4 Jun 2010 - 6:19 PM

Another brilliant composition grampa. Great lighting and the aircraft looks great on the that back ground. Didn't know that they went that hight too.

connor

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Jo12
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4 Jun 2010 - 6:25 PM

Excellent shot!
Jo

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lifesnapper
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4 Jun 2010 - 6:53 PM

Another great comp' Pat', and a great quality picture.

John Smile

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franken
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4 Jun 2010 - 7:05 PM

Superb!

Ken

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Oliverpants
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4 Jun 2010 - 7:17 PM

Gosh this is so good, a fantastic sky and light, so well done. Ann

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Shroomer
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4 Jun 2010 - 7:49 PM

Superb work Pat to give the high altitude appearance.
-80 in a Spitfire..brrrrrrrr, bet that brings back memories of being cold in a Canberra.
Cracking capture and work and congratulations a very well earnt HC
Richard

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Jestertheclown

Another excellent image Pat.
That skyscape really looks like 40,000 feet.
Jester.

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patspeirs
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4 Jun 2010 - 10:40 PM

Richard - the back of the B2 /B6 was the epitome of cold - the 8 was lovely lying in the wee greenhouse up front - young and daft, I guess!!
Bren - bg is from a 767 en-route to Canada a couple of years ago - about 36,000 ft if the pilot is to be believed.
Thanks for the 'medal' Connor, much appreciated.
Pat and Grumpy

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Jestertheclown
4 Jun 2010 - 10:43 PM

I thought something like that might have been the case.
Bren.

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saeidNL
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5 Jun 2010 - 10:05 AM

Another excellent capture,very well taken and presented.
saeid

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photophantom
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5 Jun 2010 - 10:24 AM

breathtaking!
Dennis

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wideangler
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5 Jun 2010 - 10:48 AM

Wonderful.

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Imagephotographics
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5 Jun 2010 - 2:39 PM

Fabulous image Pat !

Chris

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horley
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5 Jun 2010 - 8:45 PM

great photo,love the information that you give every time. thinking of entering mastermind with it as my specialist subject but would have too much trouble with the general knowledge round.regards .terry

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9 Jun 2010 - 8:13 PM

you are so good at these.lesley

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AntonyB
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17 Jun 2010 - 8:31 PM

This is one of your best mate, you`d never know this is`nt air to air photography..........

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