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Spitfire Season (8)

By patspeirs  
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.

Tags: Spitfire Aircraft Digital art Ww2

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4 Jun 2010 9:40AM
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 8 29 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2010 9:42AM
Morning J ~ Another touch of Nostalgia...
Great stuff and can here the RAF anthem playing now!
4 Jun 2010 9:54AM
Great catch! Composition is spot on too, pops right out from those clouds. Very informative write up too!

Rob66 8 1 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2010 10:06AM
Cracking picture and info.
hary60 9 2 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2010 11:19AM
Another excellent capture nice one
DeSilver Plus
10 14 12 England
4 Jun 2010 11:28AM
Very nice image and with lots of good information to go with it. Grin

Pentaxpaul 8 11
4 Jun 2010 11:45AM
Superb picture
4 Jun 2010 12:01PM
An excellent image. Your commentaries are very interesting indeed.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2010 1:43PM
I am learning so much from the information that accompanies your excellent images Pat. Thank you.

RonnieAG Plus
8 154 118 Scotland
4 Jun 2010 2:27PM
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.
UBOAT 10 41 Scotland
4 Jun 2010 6:19PM
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.

Jo12 7 England
4 Jun 2010 6:25PM
Excellent shot!
4 Jun 2010 6:53PM
Another great comp' Pat', and a great quality picture.

John Smile
franken Plus
15 4.6k 4 United Kingdom
4 Jun 2010 7:05PM

Oliverpants 9 2 2 England
4 Jun 2010 7:17PM
Gosh this is so good, a fantastic sky and light, so well done. Ann
Shroomer 11 14 167 England
4 Jun 2010 7:49PM
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
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Jun 2010 9:42PM
Another excellent image Pat.
That skyscape really looks like 40,000 feet.
4 Jun 2010 10:40PM
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
Jestertheclown 9 7.7k 252 England
4 Jun 2010 10:43PM
I thought something like that might have been the case.
saeidNL 8 3 Netherlands
5 Jun 2010 10:05AM
Another excellent capture,very well taken and presented.
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
5 Jun 2010 10:24AM
5 Jun 2010 10:48AM
Fabulous image Pat !

horley 10 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2010 8:45PM
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
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
9 Jun 2010 8:13PM
you are so good at these.lesley
AntonyB 11 5 England
17 Jun 2010 8:31PM
This is one of your best mate, you`d never know this is`nt air to air photography..........

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