SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE

TYPE: Single-seat sportplane kitbuilt; tandem-seat sportplane kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Prototype Mk 25 first flew in November 1996. Designations follow from Mk 24 version produced by original Supermarine company.

CURRENT VERSIONS: Spitfire Mk 25: Single-seat version to 75 per cent scale.
Spitfire Mk 26: Two-seat version, with accommodation for pilot and passenger in tandem under single canopy, or pilot and additional fuel or baggage. Twelve completed by 2002. Data below refer to this version as approved for UK construction by the PFA.

CUSTOMERS: Total of 35 of both versions sold by early 2003. Three under construction in UK by mid-2003.

COSTS: Complete basic kit from A$95,500 not including engine, propeller, instruments, shipping or taxes (2003).
Also available factory-built at A$260,000.

DESIGN FEATURES: Scale replica of Supermarine Spitfire Mk V. Wings de-rig for storage or road transport. Supplied in five subkits, or as complete kit; main airframe components are jig-assembled at factory for completion by customer: quoted build time 1,000 to 1,200 hours. Complites with FAA and other authorities' 51 per cent homebuilding rules.

FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual; electric split flaps; cable actuated pitch trim.

STRUCTURE: Aluminium throughout, except for glass fibre cowling and non-structural fairings. Two-spar wing.

LANDING GEAR: Tailwheel type; electrically retractable mainwheels.

POWER PLANT: One 134 kW (180 hp) Jabiru 5100 eight-cylinder four-stroke, driving a two- or four-blade constant-speed propeller. Fuel capacity 95 litres (25.1 US gallons; 20.9 Imp gallons).

 

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