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PostPosted: Tue Sep 15, 2020 6:12 pm 
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Royal Horse Aviation 100% fully carbon tandem Spitfire.
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First flight scheduled Jan 2021
https://www.royalhorseaviation.com/


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They call it "...a 100% complete realistic Spitfire".

With an (optional) turbine engine I'm not sure how realistic it can be.

I can imagine howls out there from those who are incensed by the mere notion of a replica/look alike.
Like the time on the old Key Publishing historic aviation forum a xenophobic UK moderator banished all mentions of U.S designed Spitfire replicas to the seldom visited "general aviation" forum.

I wish them luck, I'd love to see more historic warbirds out there, even if they are carbon fiber and didn't come from a Supermarine factory.

Trouble is, I'm not sure they'll be any cheaper than a "real" (whatever that means given the number of dataplate rebuilds out there) Spitfire.

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Well it looks like a massive amount of effort has been put into building the airframe and components, and no doubt its well designed as well.
I applaud the effort but I just cannot see a large market exists. I wonder if they can ever sell enough (I’m assuming it will be kits?) to justify the development expenses, let alone make an actual business out of it.
Its not a spitfire and while it is apparently true to the external lines it will not have any of the feel of a spitfire, so its a sport aircraft. I cant see anyone putting a Merlin in one, so it will be a turboprop, and fuel capacity will likely be an issue.
It does open up possibilities of a spitfire shaped aircraft in any number of pleasing civilian paint schemes.
Any idea where its being built?


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I find the canopy shape to be most pleasing!


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lotus49 wrote:
Well it looks like a massive amount of effort has been put into building the airframe and components, and no doubt its well designed as well.
I applaud the effort but I just cannot see a large market exists. I wonder if they can ever sell enough (I’m assuming it will be kits?) to justify the development expenses, let alone make an actual business out of it.
Its not a spitfire and while it is apparently true to the external lines it will not have any of the feel of a spitfire, so its a sport aircraft. I cant see anyone putting a Merlin in one, so it will be a turboprop, and fuel capacity will likely be an issue.
It does open up possibilities of a spitfire shaped aircraft in any number of pleasing civilian paint schemes.
Any idea where its being built?


Its being built at Wonderboom Airport (FAWB) which is near Pretoria in South Africa
I last photographed it in Jan this year and its good to see that there has been progress since then.


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