Seafire Mk. XV – Meet a Hooked Spitfire

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Seafire Mk. XV

Meet a Hooked Spitfire

Sit back and enjoy this 8-minute long video demonstration of a flying Seafire Mk.XV, PR503. The presenter is Jim Cooper, the man who led ...

Sit back and enjoy this 8-minute long video demonstration of a flying Seafire Mk.XV, PR503. The presenter is Jim Cooper, the man who led the restoration of thisex-Royal Canadian Navy fighter to flying condition.

Jim talks about the aircraft, its Spitfire ancestry and the role that the Seafire played in World War II. He also demonstrates its features, including the folding wings and the tail hook which were unique to this seaborne variant of the Spitfire.

PR503 made its first post-restoration flight on July 1, 2010 in Canada.
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2 Comments

By Doug Cuss  |  2015-03-16 at 00:55  |  permalink

Nice video. Had a friend who was with RCAF during WW II-then seconded to RNAS and flew Seafires with Gryphon engines-super hot rad was his comment. After the war, he was sent back to RCN as a pilot of Seafires and was wondering if his name is in the original log books.

Comments welcomed.

Doug Cuss

By Richard Hypher  |  2015-12-15 at 11:02  |  permalink

Very nicely done. My father was an RNVR pilot and flew Mk XVs with 802 Sqn, the first to receive them. He thought that the XV was fabulous – he loved the power and handling – this was in comparison to a variety of early mark Seafires and Spitfires flown in training. The war ended just as he was shipping out on HMS Queen for the proposed invasion of Japan. He had only just turned 20. He did comment that the clipped-wing Seafires were an absolute delight at low level. During training, if there was one available it would be grabbed by whoever got to it first. He did also say that the sting hook was a big improvement over the a-frame hook.

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