Want A Spitfire But Can’t Afford one? This Man Built A Flying Replica From Scratch!

Images by Bill Word Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Like many of us, Bob DeFord of Prescott, Arizona, dreamed of owning a Spitfire. Like most of us, he couldn’t afford one, and this is normally where the story ends.

Unlike just about any of us, however, he did something about it: he built his own. Take an up-close look at his remarkable home built Spitfire, built to 1:1 scale and powered by an Allison V-12 engine.

Image by Bill Word Flickr CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

The propeller is from a C-47 Dakota which is so big it leaves only 2 inches of clearing when the plane is in level flight! People assured him it would hit the ground, so he needed to cut it back but after 330 hours it hasn’t happened.

This story of this Spitfire is one of endurance, creativity and smarts! Of course it was one of the true stars of EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015.

Joris Nieuwint

Joris Nieuwint is a battlefield guide for the Operation Market Garden area. His primary focus is on the Allied operations from September 17th, 1944 onwards. Having lived in the Market Garden area for 25 years, he has been studying the events for nearly as long. He has a deep understanding of the history and a passion for sharing the stories of the men who are no longer with us.

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