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MK.Ia - 'AR213'

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Specification - Spitfire AR213
Engine : Rolls Royce Merlin
Power : hp
Max. Speed : mph
Length : ft in.
Wing Span : ft in.
Height : ft in.
Armament : x 0 Machine guns
Max. Weight : lb
Range : miles
Number Built :
Entered Service : .

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©Nigel Key Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia - AR213 (Kemble 2010)

The AR213 is a flying example of a Mark I Spitfire, it was built in 1940 by Westland Aircraft and used as a trainer for Nos 53 and 57 Operational Training Units.

The AR213 was flown for a time by James 'Ginger' Lacey the most successful RAF pilot of the Battle of Britain and it also appeared in the film Battle of Britain. After an extensive restoration the aircraft is now on the flying circuit as a representation of a 1941 Mark I Spitfire.

Photographs © Nigel Key, Click thumbnail to enlarge.
Spitfire Mk Ia AR213 (Kemble 2010) Spitfire Mk Ia AR213 (Duxford 2011) Spitfire Mk Ia AR213 (Kemble 2010)
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Duxford 2011
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Spitfire Mk Ia AR213 (Kemble 2010) Spitfire Mk Ia AR213 (Kemble 2010) Spitfire Mk Ia AR213 (Kemble 2010)
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Spitfire Wings and Armament
The Spitfire had a series of modified wings which were able to house various combinations of armament Each wing variation was given a designation of either 'a' wing, 'b' wing, 'c' wing, 'd' wing, or 'e' wing.

The wing designation was combined with the mark number of the Spitfire, therefore 'AR213' Spitfire Mk.Ia, is an 'a' wing as specified below: -.

'a' wing
The original design of the spitfire wing housed eight 0.303" Browning Machine Guns as the firepower was adequate for the light aircraft structures encountered early in the second World War, with most of the Spitfires in the Battle of Britain being 'a' wing aircraft. Each machine gun had 300 rounds.

Reference Photographs

Open Canopy - AR213 (Kemble 2010) Undercarriage - AR213 (Kemble 2010) Gun Ports - AR213 (Kemble 2010) Pitot - AR213 (Kemble 2010)
Open Canopy
Gun Ports
Tail - AR213 (Kemble 2010) Exhaust - AR213 (Kemble 2010) Side Marking - AR213 (Kemble 2010) Flaps - AR213 (Kemble 2010)
Side Marking

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