Restored Spitfire ready for new Battle of Britain Memorial Flight display season
A Spitfire is back in the air for the new Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) display season – 58 years after it last flew.
The rebuilding of Spitfire TE311, a Mk XVI with clipped wingtips, began in 2001 by a small team of RAF BBMF technicians.
Squadron Leader Duncan Mason, who commands the memorial flight, said: "We will be proud to display Spitfire TE311 alongside the RAF BBMF's Lancaster as a flying memorial to the bravery of our RAF forefathers.
"Their legacy of precision and tenacity shows today in our team who achieved the goal of getting TE311 back into the air.
"She is just brilliant to fly and I can't wait to display her at some of the events we have planned for this special season – people are very keen to see her in flight after they have followed the rebuild so closely."
The aircraft was chiefly used for training after the war, before becoming the gate guardian at Tangmere and then a static display at air shows.
TE311 is painted as Spitfire XVI TB675 '4D-V', the aircraft of Squadron Leader Tony Reeves DFC, who was the commanding officer of 74 Squadron in 1945. The restoration was backed Lincolnshire's Lancaster Association.