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Spitfire Season (7)

By patspeirs  
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.

Tags: Spitfire Aircraft Digital art Ww2

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franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 10:49AM
Another excellent image.


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photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
2 Jun 2010 10:56AM
TrevW 8 118 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 11:09AM
That looks so good! Nice bit of history too to go with it.
Kim Walton 14 145 30 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 11:32AM
If i ever wanted to take an aircraft shot,this would be it.Supurb
Rob66 8 1 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 11:41AM
Another excellent picture and write up - the light on the aircraft and the background is spot on.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 12:13PM
Excellent as always.

horley 10 United Kingdom
2 Jun 2010 2:36PM
It is indeed an elegant aircraft,nicely presented.terry
Canadiann 8 2 Canada
2 Jun 2010 4:38PM
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.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
2 Jun 2010 6:03PM
Another brilliant composition grampa. Wonderful colours and lighting on the aircraft.

2 Jun 2010 6:23PM
Perfect composition Pat'.

John Smile
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
2 Jun 2010 7:11PM
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
Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
2 Jun 2010 9:12PM
Another fantastic image, the colours in the sky are so good and compliment the plane so well. Ann
cassiecat 10 39 46 England
2 Jun 2010 9:13PM
agree with ann.lesley
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
2 Jun 2010 10:11PM
Another excellent image Pat.
I'm considering having a go at one of these myself!
metro074 8 8 Australia
2 Jun 2010 11:02PM
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
2 Jun 2010 11:53PM
Another really superb image and very informative write-up - very impressive
milky 14 Wales
3 Jun 2010 2:18AM
Great shot beautiful detail & colour,Excellent work-------Milky
3 Jun 2010 9:14AM
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.
alansnap 14 577 26 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2010 8:03PM
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.

3 Jun 2010 9:40PM
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
Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
3 Jun 2010 9:47PM
so clever, the light in the sky and that on the plane look so realistic - amazing work

Joline Plus
12 30 53 United States
4 Jun 2010 1:44AM
What a great combination of light and clouds. You have created a fine digital reality.
RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Jun 2010 2:23PM
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.
5 Jun 2010 10:45AM
Wonderful, evocative, beautiful.
Excellent work Pat - love the mood in this image

18 Jun 2010 5:45PM
Really great Pat

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