On Tuesday 20 December, the 80% replica Amateur-Built Supermarine Spitfire Mk.26 VH-DLH was photographed completing its second test flight out of Maryborough Airport. It arrived from the owner's property late last week and is temporarily based at Maryborough Airport while it undertakes a number of test flights over this week. Reports suggest another test flight is planned for Wednesday 21 December.
As mentioned in a previous Blog post (below) VH-DLH is powered by an Isuzu 3.5-Litre V6 petrol engine (6VE1), identical to the engine fitted under the bonnet of the Holden Rodeo Utility in the 1990's.
The aircraft was assembled by a farmer who lives near Maryborough and is painted in the same colours and markings as the owners World War II namesake, John Kellman.
To learn more about replica Spitfire kits that are produced by Supermarine Aircraft for completion by amateur aircraft builders, as well as technical detail about the available aircraft, you will find the following link of interest: http://www.supermarineaircraft.com/ .
Sincere thanks to David G of Maryborough Aviation Services for providing the information and photos of VH-DLH at Maryborough Airport.
Maryborough Aviation Services is based at Maryborough Airport and provides a comprehensive range of aircraft maintenance and refurbishment services, including repainting of aircraft, upholstery renewal/re-trim, avionics upgrades as well as pre-purchase and end-of-lease inspections to name only a few. Check out their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/Maryborough-Aviation-Services/
All photos taken by David Geck ©