Spitfire MK XVI - First Engine Run in 17 Years!

by: Fantasy Of Flight     Published on: 17 January 2015

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---EXTRA CLIP--- See the Spitfire start up and do a taxi run in this other clip on Kermit's channel ... Spitfire MK XVI rolled out of the hangar for its first engine run in 17 years!I had been flying it after we opened Fantasy of Flight, but there was like an AD on the landing gear bolts and we grounded it. It took several years to get the proper bolts but by then we'd moved on to other things and it just sat.Well we've finally gotten back on it, and here's the first engine run we've done on her in 17 years. At first it didn't want to start. The mixture control is not marked on the throttle quadrant and I may have flooded it . . . so we came back later for another try, and we got it running. Here's the clip.We still have a bit of work to finish painting the newly covered tail feathers and hooking them all up. Also, Andy's been dealing with some leaky undercarriage legs and it seems we have a leak in the air system as the brake pressure didn't come up as fast as it should. Hopefully, we'll get all that sorted out and we'll be able to get it flying soon.KERMIT WEEKSWant more of the Spitfire? Watch this clip next... more Kermit Weeks clips on his channel...