Best of Chino’s contraprop Spitfire Mk. XIX

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A selection of best video sequences and photos of a unique contra-prop Spitfire Mk. XIX, formerly restored and owned by Planes of Fame Museum ...

A selection of best video sequences and photos of a unique contra-prop Spitfire Mk. XIX, formerly restored and owned by Planes of Fame Museum at Chino, California. This aircraft is now operated by a new owner in France, Christophe Jacquard.

Originally a gift from King Bhumibol of Thailand to The Planes of Fame Museum back in 1962, this aircraft spent many years in storage. The restoration gained impetus only oafter the museum decided to marry the airframe with Rolls-Royce Griffon engine and contra-rotating propeller from an Avro Shackleton maritime patrol aircraft. It was operated in Chino for many years, but sold to France in 2007.

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