RAAF Spitfire Mk IX HA8317 453 Squdaron

$125.00

Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series HA8317
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Diecast Model
RAAF 453 Squadron, D Day markings 1944

1:48 Scale L 19.7 cm W 23 cm

SKU: HA8317 Category:

Description

RAAF Spitfire Mk IX HA8317 453 Squadron

Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series HA8317
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX Diecast Model
RAAF 453 Squadron, D Day markings 1944

The Aircraft

Spitfire LF-IX MJ789 FU-B was assembled at Castle Bromwich and given a Merlin 66 engine. The aircraft was assigned to the RAF and 403 Squadron RCAF on December 20, 1943 before being transferred to the RAAF 453 Squadron on January 31, 1944. On June 11, 1944 MJ789 was piloted by 27 year old RAAF Flight Lieutenant Henry Lacy Smith on a mission over Normandy when the aircraft was hit by flak and crashed in a canal near Ouistreham, Normandy killing the pilot who is buried in the Ranville War Cemetery.

The wreckage of MJ789 is now at the RAAF Museum, Point Cook. Currently in a 40 ft shipping container filled with water to leach out the salt to help preserve the wreck.

Specifications :Number built : 5,665 all Mk. IX variantsCrew : 1 X pilotDimensions : Length: 31 ft. 3.5 in.Wingspan: Standard (F) 36 ft. 10 in.Clipped (LF) 32 ft. 2 in.Height: 11 ft. 9 in.Wing Area: (F) 242 sq. ft. or (LF) 231 sq. ft.Weight: Empty: 5,610 lbs. (2,545 kg)Maximum Takeoff: 7,500 lbs. (3,402 kg)Performance: Engine: 1 X V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 @ 1,515 hp or1 X V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 63 @ 1,712 hpMaximum Speed: 408 mph (657 kph) @ 25,000 ft.Service Ceiling: 4,000 ft.Range w/o drop tank: 434 miles (698 km)Armament: 2 X Hispano 20mm cannonsplus either 4 X .303 machine guns or2 X .50 machine guns1,000 lbs of bombs (500 centerline, 250 each wing)

Additional information

Weight 0.95 kg
Dimensions 29 × 29 × 9 cm

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