During the Second World War, the Parnall Aircraft Company was a key manufacturing partner to Vickers Supermarine, building a variety of Spitfire components including main planes, ailerons, fuel tanks, oil tanks, chassis jacks, tail wheel assemblies, wheel fairings, radiator fairings, flaps, tail planes, elevators, rudders, balloon hoods, oil cooler fairings and machined details.
This is therefore a unique opportunity to own a Presentation Spitfire, built by the same manufacturing family. In order to raise funds for Britain’s war effort, a ‘Spitfire Fund’ was created. The cost of a Spitfire was set at £5,000 and individuals, businesses and communities, were encouraged to donate and inscribe their aircraft with a name of their choice.
Over £13m was raised and approximately 1,500 Presentation Spitfires were built during the Second World War. Presentation Spitfires enabled people to root their participation in the war effort in an iconic physical object, and their operations were closely followed in the press and the community.
Today, our driving passion is the rescue and restoration of pieces of aviation history from the sands of time.
Located at our beautiful Trelonk estate in Cornwall, our purpose-built restoration hanger currently houses Spitfire BL688, which is being restored to flying standard. Our inaugural Spitfire will be painted to represent BL709, otherwise known as the ‘St. Ives Spitfire’ and is almost complete.
The Parnall Foundation specialises in training young technicians in the art of historic aircraft engineering. The discipline and delicacy involved in reconstructing historical aircraft from scratch, presents a truly unique challenge that offers unparalleled instructional opportunities.
A Parnall Spitfire will be ‘as it left the factory’ during war time. Without the need to obtain a permit to fly, the aircraft can be produced using entirely original processes and to orginal specifications, without the need for costly, airworthy materials.
The result will be an honest recreation of a wartime produced Spitfire, which looks, feels and smells like the original.
Each aircraft will bear a signed Parnall Aircraft Company Manufacturer’s plate and be delivered with a certificate of authenticity.
FRAME AND FUSELAGE
Mk. 5, although other marks may be discussed.
Paint-scheme and presentation name accurately applied using original photographs as references.
COCKPIT & CONTROLS
Largely original cockpit internals, dials and controls.
Fully functioning flight controls.
Functioning cockpit and navigation lights and illuminated gunsight.
Rolls-Royce Merlin engine accurately installed.
Other build specifications may be accommodated.
Replica armament applicable to type built may be installed.
Imitation ammunition for wing bays.
With the Plane
A coffee table style book, charting the aircraft’s original history and subsequent reconstruction will be presented with the aircraft.
Parnall’s researchers will present a narrative of the original aircraft’s benefactor(s), how the money was raised, where the aircraft was built, who flew it and in which squadrons. The result will be a rich and engaging storyboard for the plane.
A framed and signed print of the engineering team who re-built the plane will also be presented.
Picture credit: The St. Ives Museum
With the Aircraft
Merchandise and apparel from Parnall Aircraft Company’s bespoke collection will
be available to accompany the aircraft.
Some items may be dual-branded with the name of the aircraft, enabling not only the benefactors, but a wider audience of employees, customers and enthusiasts to celebrate the re-birth of an icon.
Display & Exposition
People will be able to sit in your Spitfire and immerse themselves in the aircraft when on display. Removable cowlings and access panels will allow people to view the internals of the aircraft including the wings, fuselage and engine compartment.
The aircraft can be transported to various locations using a minimum of external equipment. This is therefore a unique opportunity to own a perfect replica Spitfire, built by an original manufacturing family.
Uses for the aircraft
A variety of uses for the aircraft are envisaged:
Corporate HQ’s, trade-fares and exhibitions.
Tourist promotions for cities, towns and regions.
Loans to museums and film production companies.
Private collection display.
With the Plane
Accompanying the aircraft will be a collection of storytelling aids to support the
Aircraft logbook recreated as per the original.
Portable display featuring an illustrated history of the aircraft.
Pilot’s uniform, recreated to match that worn by one of the aircraft’s former pilots.
Scale model(s) of the aircraft may also be provided.
With the Aircraft
Dressed to Impress
To assist the display of the aircraft it can be configured in a variety of attitudes - for example:
Positioned in the flying attitude.
External lighting to illuminate the aircraft on display.
Green screen and/or cloud back-drop for photography.
Purchasing a Replica Spitfire
Whether you are looking for an historic reconstruction that adds gravity to your collection or a sculptural centrepiece of iconic British craftsmanship, you can rely that our sophisticated aircraft are worthy of our name. Pride and preservation are at the heart of what we do, making sure we stay true to the skills and innovation demonstrated by the legacy of the original Parnall Aircraft Ltd. To register your interest in owning a Spitfire, or leasing the aircraft for an event or exhibition, please fill in the form below with your details and we will be in touch asap.