Academy 1:48 Spitfire Mk.XIVe
Spitfire Mk. XIVe TZ138. This aircraft built in 1945 at Aldermanston and shipped to Canada in 1945 and was used for cold weather testing with the Winter Experimental Establishment (WEE) Flight in western Canada from early 1946 to July 1949. It was probably the only Spitfire ever flown with skis, the skis falling off on lift-off.
TZ138 was sold for $1250 to two Edmonton businessmen (one was Ken Brown, who flew on the Dam Busters raid), registered as CF-GMZ and they quickly prepared it for entry in the Cleveland Air Races. It placed third, and the team won a $1050 prize. Early the next morning, the pilot took off with the Spitfire and the winnings and the Spit was sold a couple days later for $1000 in Florida. In 1952, it was supposed to be sold to a buyer in the Dominican Republic, but was confiscated by US Customs. It has passed from collector to collector, rebuilt in 1970 but crashing on its first flight. The Lone Star Flight Museum acquired it and restored it, completing it in 1994. It is now in Vancouver, BC with collector Robert Jens, registered C-GSPT.
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