Pay's Flying Museum - Current Restorations
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft.
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX (R.A.F. Serial MH603) was built by Vickers Armstrong at Castle Bromwich Aircraft Factory with construction number CBAF.IX.5589 and delivered to 39.M.U. Colerne on the 15 October 1943. It was first taken on charge by 405 A.R.F. at Croydon.
Its first squadron was 331 (Norwegian) Squadron, and it was flown on operations by Capt. Bjorn Bjornstad. According to the AM78 it was taken on charge on the 3rd January 1944. But it was first flown on the 2nd January 1944 and was coded FN-B.
Its next move was to 6.M.U.Brize Norton on the 9th March 1944. From the 1st June until 11th August 1944 it was flown by W/O.S.G.Barker of 274 Squadron, under the command of S/Ldr. J.F. (Stocky) Edwards.
On the 21st August 1944 it was taken on charge by the Flight Leaders School at Milfield. It was transferred on an unknown date to the Central Flying Establishment Langmere. It suffered a flying accident, category B, and was sent to Air Service Training Hamble to be repaired. Repairs were completed on the 25th September 1945, after which it went to 33.M.U.Lyneham Wiltshire. It was recorded at the Air Ministry Home Census of March 1946, and was selected for sale to South Africa on the 15th October 1948 and went to 47 M.U. at Sealand for packing. ME603 sailed from Birkenhead on the 2nd February 1949 for South Africa on the S.S. Clan Campbell. She arrived in South Africa on the 16 March 1949.
Nothing is known about its South African service at this time. It was obtained by Steven Atkins and sold to John Sykes, who started rebuilding it to an airworthy standard. The aircraft was sold to Dr. Joe Scogna of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and the project was moved to Q.G. Aviation in Fort Collins, Colorado.
In April 2008, Spitfire IX MH603 was purchased by Provenance Fighter Sales.
In February 2009 the Spitfire was purchased by Pay’s from Provenance Fighter Sales who had ownership of the aircraft since April 2008. The restoration is taking place in Scone by Pay’s and it will be restored as authentically as possible. As of the start of 2014 (VH-IXF) the Spitfire has made good progress. The wings now largely completed as well as the fuselage and tail assembly.
You can stay up to date with the progress of VH-IXF through a blog created by the head engineer of the project at http://paysspitfire.blogspot.com.au
The Hawker Hurricane is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd for the Royal Air Force (RAF). Although largely overshadowed by the Supermarine Spitfire, the aircraft became renowned during the Battle of Britain, accounting for 60% of the RAF's air victories in the battle, and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.
A local Scone identity has recently purchased a Hurricane, and Pay’s will be responsible for the maintenance and operation of this aircraft.
Designed in Italy as a replacement for piston trainers during the advent of the jet age, the Macchi was sold to air forces around the world and was a proven and popular aircraft with over 600 units sold. 97 Macchi’s were used by the RAAF between 1967 and 2001.
Macchi A7-025 served for over 30 years in the RAAF including 5 stints in the Roulettes aerobatic team. Purchased by a consortium with an aim of returning to flying status, it was moved to Pay’s Scone base for a rebuild in late 2013.