Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter Since 1995

Aviation Memorabilia Newsletter

Since 1995

Alan RustHome built Spitfire!

(Submitted by: David Bellamy )

This video is about a man who built (by himself) the plane he loved, a Spitfire. The creation is beautiful to look at, on the ground and flying in the air. In addition, he fitted it with an Allison engine (the Spitfire had the Rolls-Royce Merlin). But nonetheless this one looks splendid, like the real McCoy. A work of love by this man. Enjoy the account given by the builder, and the plane. The video is 6:00 minutes long.

Bob DeFord of Prescott, Arizona, dreamed of owning a Spitfire. He couldn’t afford one. He built his own, a home-built Spitfire, built to 1:1 scale and powered by an Allison V-12 engine. Oshkosh 2015.

(I like the part where Bob talks about fabricating a rear view mirror from a kitchen utensil) 

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