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Barry Gillingwater has submitted the image of this collectible. Quoting the owner’s description:
“I have included a photo that I think should grace a site dedicated to the Spitfire. It is a print I obtained from the Vickers archives in the mid-60’s (I have been collecting wartime aircraft photos since my teenage years). It is a very well-known shot of a Griffon-engined beastie and really emphasises what lovely lines the Spit has. In the late 80’s I took it along to an evening held in our New Zealand Warbirds hangar at Ardmore aerodrome, South of Auckland. That night Alex Henshaw gave us all a wonderful talk of his days competing in the early air races and testing the Spitfire. We didn’t have a Spitfire at Ardmore back then but we placed the speaker platform in front of the nearest thing we had, which was a P51. At the end of the evening he very kindly autographed this photo for me.”
Alex Henshaw was a reknown pre-war air racer and a chief test pilot for the Castle Bromwich Spitfire factory during the Second World War.