Ambitious Plan to Build a Dozen Spits in UK
December 9, 2010 —Paul Fowler, owner of the Enstone Flying Club in the UK, is looking for builders - and lots of them - to participate in his dream to build 12 Supermarine Spitfire Mk26b 90-percent replicas. He wants the aluminum kitplanes built in time for the 2012 Farnborough Air Show, then to conduct flying tours around the UK to promote aviation. It certainly is an ambitious plan, and here’s how Fowler lays it out on the Enstone Flying Club website.
“So here’s the idea: We’re going to put together teams of builders/pilots to complete 12 90-percent scale Supermarine MK26B Spitfires. They could be flying by the end of 2011 if we can get this off the ground quickly enough. Builder/pilots who want to can go on to be trained to fly in formation, becoming an amateur operational squadron based at Enstone, in Oxfordshire.”
Calling the squadron the “City of Oxford,” it will include ground crews, military vehicle enthusiasts, and re-enactors. Part of Fowler’s vision is to give pilots an opportunity to become part of a display team, with formation flight training from ex-Red Arrows pilots. Also, builders will work together to similar parts, thereby becoming “experts.”
“With 12 Spitfires available and up to 12 builder/members per airframe, there will be no shortage of opportunities for builders to get involved at the fraction of the cost of taking on a whole aircraft alone,” Fowler writes. There will also be fractional ownership options, from 1/12, through 1/4 or 1/3, up to a whole aircraft. The Supermarine MK26B kitplanes are designed for novice builders, he said, with plenty of support from Enstone engineers and local LAA inspectors.
Good luck to Paul on this ambitious project – we’ll be following this one.
Video of a Supermarine MK26B kitplane takeoff: