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re: Pressurization...According to

March 20 2012 at 12:03 AM
Shuey, William  (Login Williamshuey)
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Response to Spitfire PR XIX marking questions

"Spitfire, The History" by Morgan and Shacklady, pages 454 thru 463, there were 22 Mark 19 aircraft, serialed RM626 thru RM647, all with Griffon 65 engines that were not pressurised. RM626 was delivered to RAF Benson on May 16, 1944 and RM647 went to Benson on June 2, 1944.
Due to the expected appearance of German jet fighters the RAF was pressing for introduction of the Griffon powered PR Spitfire so these first 22 were expedited by conversion of MK.VIII or MK.XIV airframes on the line.
All other aircraft powered by Griffon 66 with cabin blower.

Bill Shuey

 
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