Saturday, December 17, 2016

Amateur Built Supermarine Spitfire Mk.26 VH-DLH to conduct test flights at Maryborough Airport

While information is limited at the time of posting, and we hope to learn more shortly, it appears there will be a World War II era, 80% replica Spitfire temporarily based at Maryborough Airport while a number of test flights are conducted over the next week or so.

Powered by an Isuzu 3.5 V6 petrol engine (6VE1), identical to the units fitted under the bonnet of Holden Rodeo utilities for a number of years in the 1990's, Amateur Built Supermarine Spitfire Mk.26 VH-DLH was assembled by a farmer who lives near Maryborough, and completed it's maiden flight when the aircraft was flown from the farmers property to Maryborough Airport.

Of interest, VH-DLH is painted in the same colours and markings as the farmer's WWII namesake, John Kellman.

For readers who may be interested to learn more about replica Spitfire kits that are produced by Supermarine Aircraft for completion by amateur builders, and technical detail about the available aircraft, you will find the following link of interest :   

All photo's contributed by David Geck of Maryborough Aviation Services.