Vintage Aircraft Maintenance & Restoration

Westland Spitfire MK Vc EE602 G-IBSY


  • Airframe time since restoration at Biggin Hill Heritage 30 Hours
  • Engine Rolls Royce Merlin 46 time since overhaul at Retro Track and Air 30 Hours
  • Propeller Rotol RS5/24 time since overhaul at Skycraft Propeller 30 Hours
  • The Spitfire is a truly iconic aircraft and the Mk V is arguably the ultimate variant, combining light weight and high power, its flying characteristics are second to none. The MK V is also one of the most rare variants with only 6 in airworthy condition worldwide.

    On 11th September 1942 Spitfire MK Vc EE602 was built by Westland in Yeovil, Somerset under contract number B124305/40. When built,EE602 was fitted with the universal ‘C’ wing configuration. This allowed it to be fitted either with 8 machine guns, 4 20mm canons or a mix of 4 .303 machine guns and two 20mm canons. This aircraft had the mix of machine guns and cannons. It was fitted with a Rolls Royce Merlin 46 engine. This produced 1,415 bhp at 3,000 rpm and +16 ib/sq. in. boost at 14.000 ft.

    EE602 started out with 66 Squadron. 66 was the second Spitfire Squadron to come into existence and fought in the Battle of Britain. She then went to 129 Squadron, in recognition of the large sums of money the Indian Government raised through the sale of War Bonds some squadrons were named after Indian provinces and 129 was named ‘Mysore’ Squadron. Its final squadron was 453 Squadron (RAAF).

    EE602 completed over 100 Missions including escorting the Flying Fortress ‘Memphis Belle’

    back to the English coast after her now famous 25th Mission with 129 sqdn, until she was damaged in a taxying incident and taken off charge.

    Presentation Spitfire:

    Individuals, companies, clubs, or counties could buy their own Spitfire.’ They had to collect £5,000 for their donation. One such company was the Uruguayan railways. Run at the time by British expats. You will see on EE602’s side ‘Central Railways Uruguayan Staff.’ She was formally ‘presented’ to 129 Squadron on 31st May 1943.

    After a painstaking restoration to concours standard lasting more than three years, EE602 now flies again in the markings it wore while serving with 129.

    The aircraft will be supplied with a full CAA Permit to Fly on its British civil registration G-IBSY.

    Full specification:

    • Aircraft finished in 129 Squadron RAF scheme with squadron codes “DV-V”
    • Rolls Royce Merlin 46 overhauled by Retro Track and Air.
    • Rotol RS5/24 3 blade propeller overhauled by Skycraft
    • Cockpit restored to original configuration.
    • Trig TY91 8.33 VHF Comm
    • Trig TT22 “Mode S” Transponder

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