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Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd.
 

The H-98 was built as LF Mk IX at Castle Bromwich in 1944 with original serial PV202. She was delivered to 33 MU (Maintenance Unit) on September 18 1944. Via 84 GSU (Group Support Unit) on October 9, she was delivered to 33 Squadron on October 19 the same year. In December she was already back with 84 GSU and she transferred to 83 GSU January 20, 1945 and to 412 (Canadian) Squadron a few days later. The unit returned to the UK in May 1945 and PV202 went to 83 GSU on May 31 and then 29 MU on July 29 for storage.

She was sold to Vickers-Armstrong on July 19, 1950 and converted to a TR Mk 9 trainer for the Irish Air Corps. She was delivered on June 29 1951 and became IAC 161. She was withdrawn from active service December 4 1960 and became an instructional airframe until March 1968, when it was sold to N.A.W Samuelson, shipped to the UK and stored. She was sold to Sir William Roberts in April 1970 and arrived Strathallan on March 2 1972 where she was stored until August 9 1979 when she got a new owner; Nick Grace and on to Steve Atkins on October 10. She was registered as G-BHGH then re-registered G-TRIX on July 2 1980.

Having held an interest in the aircraft in partnership with Steve Atkins since 1987, Richard Parker acquired sole ownership in 1990 and her first flight after rebuild took place on February 23 that year at Dunsfold. In late 1991 she was sold to Rick Roberts. Unfortunatelty she crashed at Goodwood Airfield, West Sussex, on April 8 2000,  killing both pilots; Norman Lees, and Greg McCurragh. As it was about to land it clipped a tree and knocked into a bank before skidding across the motor racing circuit.

Historic Flying Ltd began restoring PV202 during 2002 and she returned to her former Irish Air Corps colours as IAC-161, and re-registered as G-CCCA, her first post-restoration flight at Duxford was on January 13, 2005.

The G-CCCA flies in the colourscheme of the H-98 of the Royal Netherlands Air Force. The original H-98 was a converted RAF Mk V with serial BF274 and was delivered to Twenthe in March 1948. The H-98 was the aircraft in which Prince Bernhard made his final Spitfire sortie. It suffered an undercarriage failure whilst landing at Volkel on February 7 1951 and was reduced to spares.

Until today she owned and flown by Historic Flying Ltd who use her for training purposes at Duxford. She suffered some minor damage after the undercarriage collapsed whilst taxing out at Lelystad Airport in the Netherlands on May 3 2008. The pilot was okay and luckely only the propeller was damaged, she was quickly back in the air again.

Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom
 

Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX
G-CCCA - H-98

Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom
 
Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom   Supermarine Spitfire TR Mk IX - G-CCCA - Historic Flying Ltd. - United Kingdom  
 
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