Three Spitfires bought by entrepreneur


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Dutch entrepreneur Frits van Eerd, sponsor of Max Verstappen, bought two Spitfires, a Mk.16 and a LFVIII. One of these Spits, the TB885, flew in 1945 with 322 Dutch suqadron of the RAF. The Spitfires crossed the channel in secrecy on the 15th of september this year and stayed overnight in Lelystad before returning to England the next day.

There are rumours about a third one being bought, a Mk.1.

On august 18 this year the TB885 was displayed on Bigging Hill Festival of Flight. The plane transformed from a wreckage without wings into a fully operational aircraft.

After the war, the Mk.16 flew for the RAF until 1955 and was used as a practice object for the fire brigade. In 1958, the plane was buried on RAF Kenley base. In 1960 it saw the light of day again, after which it found its way to Lashenden Air Warfare Museum in Sevenoaks in 1982 and finally in in Shoreham Aircraft Museum in 1991.

Van Eerd is taking flying lessons in England. His plan is to fly around the world with his Spitfires.

So perhaps we can expect a Spitfire formation fly-by at the first Dutch F1 grand prix in a few years time.