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Supermarine Spitfire t9 Military Trainer

After the end of WW2 Supermarine converted a small number of old Spitfire Mk IX airframes to two-seater trainers for sale to foreign air forces and designated the resultant aircraft the Spitfire T9. The Indian Air Force, the Irish Air Corps and the Royal Netherland Air Force all operated a small number of these Spitfire trainers, several remain flying today in private hands.

Supermarine Spitfire Trainer

 

Supermarine Spitfire T9 Specifications:

  • Crew: Instructor and trainee
  • Length: 31 ft 3 in
  • Wingspan: Standard 36 ft 10 in
  • Height: 11 ft 9 in
  • Empty Weight: 5,610 lbs (2,545 kg)
  • Maximum Weight: 7,500 lbs (3,402 kg)
  • Engine: Single 1,515 hp V-12 Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 or 1,712 h Merlin 63
  • Maximum Speed: 408 mph (657 kph) @ 25,000 ft
  • Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft
  • Maximum range: 434 miles (698 km)
 

The Grace Spitfire

This 1944 Spitfire MkIX flown by Flying Officer Johnnie Houlton DFC, is credited with shooting down the the first enemy aircraft, a Ju88, over the Normandy Beach head on D-Day. In 1950 it was converted into a T9 trainer  for the Irish Air Corps, it was then acquired by Nick Grace in 1979, who restored the aircraft to flying condition over a five year period. Following Nick's untimely death in October 1988, his widow, Carolyn Grace, learned to fly and flies this Spitfire regularly at UK Air Shows and events.

 
Spitfire T9 Trainer
 

This Spitfire T9 was painted by it's Dutch owner, Karel Bos, to depict one of the three T9 Spitfires sold to the Dutch Air Force in 1948

 
Supermarine Spitfire T9 of the Koninklijke Luchtmacht (Royal Netherlands Air Force)
 

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