Warbirds Online continues with a short update on the Pay’s Warbird collection at Scone, NSW.
Hawker Hurricane C/N 60372, C-FDNL, Mk XII / IIB Serial No 5481 is currently having a multitude of small details finished before she takes to the air for its first flight. The aircraft has recently been in the paint shop undergoing a complete refinish in an undisclosed paint scheme with a distinctly Australian connection – more will be revealed soon when the roll out and first flight occurs. So stay tuned for details about her first flight. I am sure we are all eagerly awaiting this historic event!
North American P51D Mustang, 45-11526 VH-FST, which was purchased some time ago, has now had its engine and Prop overhauled and joined the rest of the Warbird collection at Scone just after Christmas 2015. This is a two seat conversion and looks fantastic in her color scheme as “Flying Undertaker” tail No 472505. The aircraft is currently for sale with Platinum Fighters but will be at Scone NSW until she finds a new home. This P51 D was restored in Australia in 2001 by Panama Jack’s, Perth, Western Australia. Sale details are on the Platinum Fighters website.
Supermarine Spitfire HF Mk. IXb MH415, which we recently reported on, has made her way from the USA and arrived in Australia recently for transportation to Scone. The aircraft will undergo a full sympathetic restoration to maintain her originality as far as possible at Scone before she flies again. As reported previously, the aircraft is owned by Warbirds Flight Club, a newly formed Australian company which will specialize in sourcing and restoring Historic aircraft.
Pay’s have also acquired a Hispano Buchon from the Connie Edwards collection in the USA at the same time as the Spitfire and the Buchon has made its way to the UK for restoration to flight. We will provide more information about the Buchon acquisition in a future update.
Meanwhile, at Scone work continues on Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1X MH603 towards airworthy condition. The wings are progressing well and hopefully it won’t be too long before they are mated to the fuselage and the restoration progresses to flight.
Warbirds Online will be at Scone for the first flight of the Hurricane and we will provide more detail on all of these fantastic Warbird projects – we can hardly wait!
© John Parker 2016
Images courtesy: © Platinum Fighters & Pay’s Air Service and we extend our thanks to Warbirds News for allowing us to share their news article.