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SPITFIRE/AR213



Serial #: AR213
Construction #:
  WASP/20/2
Civil Registration:
  G-AIST
  Model:
  Spitfire Mk. Ia
Name: None
Status: Airworthy
Last info: 2013

History:
Ordered as part of contract B124305/40
Built by Westland Aircraft at Yeovil.
Delivered to the Royal Air Force as AR213, 1941.
- 12 MU, RAF Kirkbride, July 24, 1941.
- 57 OTU, RAF Hawarden, July 31, 1941.
- Coded JZ-E and flown by Ace ‘Ginger’ Lacey between August 1941
    and March 1942 during his time as an instructor.
- 57 OTU moved to RAF Eshott, Nov. 2, 1942.
- 53 OTU, RAF Llandow, February 20, 1943.
- Flying accident, Cat. AC, April 19 1943.
- 8 MU, RAF Little Rissington, for storage. Aug. 17, 1944.
- SOC, Nov. 30, 1945.
Group Captain Allen H. Wheeler, 1947-1974.
- Acquired for £10, Aug. 17, 1947.
- Registered as G-AIST, October 25, 1946.
- Stored dismantled, Old Warden, 1949-1963
- Assembled and displayed, RAF Abingdon, on loan. 1963-1967
- Restored to airworthy condition, RAF Henlow, 1967.
- Flown in movie Battle of Britain, 1968.
- Restored at Booker Airfield. 53 OTU scheme, as AR213/QG-A.
The Hon. Patrick Lindsay, Booker, 1974-1990.
- Registered as G-AIST, June 14, 1974.
- Based at Booker Airfield.
Proteus Petroleum Aviation/Proteus Holdings/Sheringham Aviation, 1990-2011.
- Based at Booker Airfield.
- Flown as AR213/PR-D.
- Commencement of in-depth restoration back to ‘stock’ condition, March 2002.
- First post-restoration engine runs, June 28, 2007.
- First post-restoration flight, in yellow primer, November 12, 2007.
-- Piloted by Jonathan Whaley.
- Advertised for sale with an asking price of £3.2M.
Spitfire The One, Barnet, UK, June 20, 2011-2013
- Registered as G-AIST, June 20, 2011.
- Based at Duxford Airfield, Cambridgeshire.
- Wears her authentic 1941 57 OTU markings as ‘AR213 / JZ-E’



Source(s):
Chapman, John & Goodall, Geoff, Edited by Paul Coggan - Warbirds Directory,Warbirds Worldwide Ltd., Mansfield, England, 1989.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-4th Edition, 2003.
Goodall, Geoff - Warbirds Directory-6th Edition, 2013.
Photo Source(s):
Peter Still - STILL Photography.
Unknown.

Research Assistance:

John Sanderson

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