This video clip is taken from the film “Perfect Lady” which covers full restoration story of ML407, a two-seater Sptifire TR MK. IX also known as the Grace Spitfire.
Nick Grace bought ML407 in 1979 in a dismantled state and after 5 years of work took off with his wife Carolyn on their first flight. Apart from the substantial task of general re-assembly, the fuselage and wings were essentially as they left the factory but a large amount of the work involved stripping back to bare metal and re-riveting after treatment with modern anticorrosives – which is the main reason why the Spitfire is still operational today with no corrosion.
Tragically, Nick was killed in a car accident in 1988 but Carolyn continues to fly the aircraft.
“Perfect Lady” and other videos are available from the Grace Spitfire ML 407 Website with all profits going to maintain the Spitfire in flying condition
[The Grace Spitfire]