Kennet Aviation to restore Spitfire, fly Skyraider & Seafire

SHUTTLEWORTH | Kennet Aviation are to oversee the restoration to flight of Spitfire AA810, as well as flying aircraft from their own fleet in 2019, it was announced today.

The AA810 Project said on Facebook that Kennet Aviation will provide CAA A8-23/25 oversight for the restoration, with some additional work being caried out by third parties. The project will be completed and flown from Kennet’s facility at Old Warden near Biggleswade.

Kennet Aviation owner Tim Manna said: “it is a privilege for Kennet to be taking on such a historically significant aircraft restoration and will be the latest in a great number of exciting machines that Kennet has returned to airworthiness over the last 27 years. The whole team and I are really excited in being involved with Sandy’s Spitfire and its lineage fits in perfectly with our current Seafire maintenance and restoration programs.”

AA810 is a Spitfire PR.IV which was shot down in 1942 on a flight over Norway. Its pilot, Flt. Lt. Alastair “Sandy” Gunn, was captured and went on to participate in ‘The Great Escape’ in 1943.

The rebuild is scheduled for completion in 2022 with the first flight in 2023.

Kennet Aviation is also restoring a Seafire Mk.XV and Seafire Mk.XVII and carrying out major service inspections of their Seafire Mk.XVII and Douglas AD-4NA Skyraider. They say both will be ready to return to the airshow circuit next summer.