AIRCRAFT OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1939-1945: SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE.

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  • ATP 11330D
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  • object name: Portrait photograph (aircraft)
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Spitfire PR Mark XIII second prototype, L1004, at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. Originally a Mark IA fighter, L1004 served with No. 602 Squadron RAF and No. 58 Operational Training Unit in 1939-1940, before undergoing conversion to Mark VA by Supermarine Aircraft and further service with No. 57 OTU. In August 1942, three Type F.24 aerial cameras were installed by Heston Aircraft Ltd, and in December, Vickers-Armstrongs Ltd fitted L 1004 with a new Rolls Royce Merlin 32 engine, a De Havilland four-bladed propeller and four 0.303 Browning machine guns as the second PR Mark XIII. Cooling tests and handling trials at the A&AEE in March-April 1943 were followed by further modifications by HAL and Vickers Armstrongs to convert L1004 to the prototype Seafire Mark III.

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