Today on my Detour-Day or (D-Day for short) i managed to call into Duxford to find out what might be basking in the sunshine as we start the road to recovery and the thought of warbirds being pushed out ready for a potential season of flying and entertaining all of us that yearn to hear the wonderful sights and sounds of V12 powered warbirds and Big Radial trainers and fighters, so with the sunshine bouncing of Spitfire LF MK.Vb EP120 parked outside Duxford and owned and operated By THE FIGHTER COLLECTION this feels like a good start, with a few of its Stable mates all longing to once again take to the air here are a few photos, and so onto the next D-Day,
Supermarine LF Mk.Vb Spitfire EP120 (G-LFVB)
Our Mk.V Spitfire is one of the most credited historic aircraft left anywhere in the world with an impressive SEVEN confirmed kills. EP120 was built at the Castle Bromwich factory where she was probably test flown by the legend that was Alex Henshaw. She was taken on charge by the RAF in May 1942 with 45 MU at Kinloss in Scotland. She was assigned to 501 Sqn the following month and scored six of her confirmed kills with Sqn Ldr Geoffrey Northcott at the helm. A ground collision saw her returned to Castle Bromwich for repair following which she was allocated to 19 Sqn in Cornwall. In April 1944 she was taken on charge with 402 Sqn ‘City of Winnipeg’ RCAF, coded AE-A, which are the colours she wears today.In June 1944 EP120 went to 33 MU at Lyneham, before moving onto 53 OTU at Kirton in Lindsey. Following a period as a ground instructional airframe, EP120 served as gate guard at a number of RAF stations until 1967 when she was used as a static aircraft in the ‘Battle of Britain’ movie. Following her first silver screen experience she was back guarding the gate, at RAF Wattisham this time until 1989 when she was transported to St. Athan along with all the rest of the gate guard Spitfires. EP120 remained in storage at St. Athan until she joined The Fighter Collection fleet in 1993.Following a full restoration, EP120 returned to the skies in September 1995 and has been a popular performer with both the crowds and pilots ever since.