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Spitfire PL972

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model: PRXI
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engine: M70

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9MU 9-10-44 1PP Benson 7-2-45 106Grp 2-12-45 USAAF 9-3-46 sold VA 21-3-47

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by: Fernando Spitfire PRXI Data 2018-12-22 14:34:49

Supermarine Spitfire PRXI msn 6S 504726.
1) contract Air/1877.
2) Type 359 with RR Merlin 70.
3) First flight in 1944.
4) To RAF: PL972.
5) 9 MU 09-10-44.
6) 1PP Benson 07-02-45.
7) 106 Group 02-12-45.
8) USAAF 09-03-46.
9) sold to James Storey; argentine-british RAF pilot during WWII, 21-03-47.
10) Records:
-biggest quantity of fuel for an Spitfire, 428 Imperial Gallons for ferry flight to América.
-longest ferry flight for an Spitfire, 1850 miles from Dakar (Senegal) to Natal (Brazil). Ferry Flight: UK, Gibraltar (Spain), Dakar (Senegal), Natal (Bra), Rio de Janeiro (Bra), Porto Alegre (Bra), Montevideo (Uruguay) and Buenos Aires (Argentina).
11) to Fuerza Aérea Argentina, late 1948. to Instituto Aerotécnico (military aircraft factory).
12) used for comparative test; Fiat G-59.
13) used for test for filming argentine missile development AM-1 Tábano.
14) Belly landing during test, 1963. Not repaired.
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by: Fernando 2018-12-22 14:36:45

When sold to James Storey, PL972 id. changes to LV-NMZ, civil argentinean id.
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by: Fernando 2018-12-22 15:58:02

PL972 had only 20 hours of flight when was sold to capt. Storey
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by: Fernando Mistake 2018-12-26 22:03:53

First photo, document about F.VIII don´t belong to PL972, it´s JF275 document
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