· Status: On display
· Category: Military
· Length: 9,45 m
· Wingspan: 11,22 m
· Height: 3,48 m
· Max weight: 3400 kg
· Max speed: 657 km/t i 6700 meter
· Max height: 13400 m
· Range: 698 km (uten ekstratank)
· Engine: 1 RR Merlin 66, 1720 Hk
· Other details:
2 x 20 mm cannon, 2 x 12,7 mm MG 250 kg bombs
Supermarine Spitfire LF.MK.IXe
The Supermarine Spitfire was the the most important British fighter aircraft during World War II and is perhaps the most famous fighter ever. Altogether 20,351 of these aircraft were built. In addition come 2,556 Seafires, the aircraft carrier version of the Spitfire. The Spitfire took to the air for the first time in 1936 and the aircraft was under constant development in order to be able to assert itself as the enemy developed new types of aircraft. The model produced in greatest volume was the Mk. IX (5,665). In order to compete with the new German Focke-Wulf 190 fighter, the Spitfire Mk. IX was equipped with a new and more powerful Merlin engine and a four-bladed propeller. Individual aircraft were specially adapted for operations at low, medium and high altitude respectively.
Two Norwegian fighter squadrons, 331 and 332 Squadrons, were established in England during the Second World War and from 1942 they comprised No. 132 (Norwegian) Wing. The squadrons flew several different variants of the Spitfire, namely models IIa, Va, Vb and IXe. Altogether the Norwegian squadrons operated 528 Spitfires between 1942 and 1945 with good results. After the war the RNoAF received a further 35 Spitfires. The Photographic Flight was the last RNoAF unit to use this type of aircraft, which remained in service until 1954.
The Royal Norwegian Air Force Museum’s Spitfire LF. Mk. IXe has works number MH350 and was allocated to 485(NZ) Squadron in 1943 with the squadron code OU. One year later the aircraft suffered an accident and after repairs it was transferred in the spring of 1945 to 332 Norwegian Squadron and given the code letters AH-V. On 22 May 1945 AH-V was one of the 36 Spitfires that flew home to Norway after the end of the war. In 1947 the aircraft became Norwegian property and was transferred from the RAF to the RNoAF. In Norway, 331 Squadron took over the aircraft in 1949 and gave it the code letters FN-M. After the end of the Spitfire era in the RNoAF, FN-M was put into storage for future conservation. As an exhibition aircraft for 331 Squadron it was re-painted in the early 1960s and given the registration letters FN-T.
The top is painted in dark green and ocean grey camouflage colours. The underneath and the band around the tail section are in medium sea grey. The squadron code, spinner and the band around the tail section are in duck egg green. The spinner has stripes in the Norwegian national colours. The top surfaces of the wings have RAF roundels type B painted on them and underneath the wings are RAF type C roundels. Painted on either side of the fuselage is a type C.1 (yellow-edged) RAF roundel. The tail fin has is painted in matt red, white and “deep sky”. The aircraft’s serial number is painted in black (“night”) on the sides of the fuselage over the white band around the tail section.