Merlin Magic - Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX Fighter Aviation Art Limited Edition Print by Aviation Artist Darryl Legg


The most famous aero engine produced in the United Kingdom is undoubtedly the Rolls-Royce Merlin. Developed through a bewildering array of variants, the twelve cylinder unit powered a great many of the most famous aircraft of WWII including the Hurricane, Mosquito, Lancaster, Halifax, Mustang and, as seen here, the Spitfire. 


This particular engine is a Merlin 61 and is seen fitted into a Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX. this combination came together in a successful attempt to make the British fighter at least parable to the Focke Wulf Fw-190 after the German aircraft had proven superior to the Spitfire Mk.V then in service with the Royal Air Force.


In the background can be seen Spitfire Mk.IX MH434 in the colours of 222 (Natal) Squadron. This particular Spitfire has become one of the best known as it has been on the UK Airshow scene for several decades and has been used in the films 'Battle of Britain' and 'A Bridge Too Far', along with the TV Series 'A Piece of Cake' among other film appearances.

Our LIMITED EDITION ART PRINT of only 50 COPIES has an image size of 14" x 10.25" (35cm x 26cm)

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