NORTH WEALD | The sole surviving Spitfire to serve with the Soviet Air Force has taken to the sky for the first time in 75 years.
The aircraft, owned by the Hangar 11 Collection’s Peter Teichman since 2001, made its first flight today (28th October 2020) from Biggin Hill Airfield in the hands of Pete Kynsey, after a lengthy restoration by the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar.
Spitfire Mk.IX PT879 was one of over 1,300 Spitfires shipped to the Soviet Union during the second half of WWII. The aircraft crashed in 1945 after less than 30 flight hours and was written off, before being shipped back to the UK for storage in the 1990s.
The aircraft was issued a Permit to Test from the Civil Aviation Authority yesterday and will undergo a rigerous series of test flights before hopefully being granted a Permit to Fly.
Peter Teichman largely retired from airshow flying after the 2018 display season, although his aircraft attended a handful of events in 2019, being displayed by other pilots.