RAF Museum Midlands Spitfire Tour

Published on: 29 April 2022

Between 15 May and 17 July 2022, the RAF Museum Midlands is taking a Spitfire on tour. Coming to a location in the Midlands near you!

Map of 2022 Midlands Spitfire tour

To celebrate 50 years of sharing the RAF stories from across the Midlands, our Spitfire will be leaving home from Cosford and visiting towns and cities across the Midlands. Come along and see the Spitfire yourself, make sure you take a photo, and tag #RAFMuseum #SpitfireSelfie

The Spitfire

Our rare Supermarine Spitfire Photo Reconnaissance PR.XIX PM651 is starring on this tour.

Spitfire PR.XIX

The PR. XIX is fitted with the Griffon engine as opposed to the Merlin engine used in earlier models and was notably faster than its predecessor.  Distinctly, PR. XIX had extra fuel tanks in place of the machine guns, a retractable tail wheel making its profile more streamlined, and a pressurised cabin critical for the high-altitude reconnaissance flights.

Dates and locations

Saturday 14, Sunday 15 May         Telford Southwater Central Library

Saturday 18, Sunday 19 June        Coventry Millennium Place

Saturday 25, Sunday 26 June        Shrewsbury Quarry Park

Saturday 16, Sunday 17 July         Leicester Jubilee Square

Where is the Spitfire going next?

Coventry Millennium Place
Saturday 18, Sunday 19 June 2022

Pop down to see us at Millennium Place in Coventry on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June. No booking required, just turn up and remember to tag your photos on social media with #RAFMuseum #SpitfireSelfie to be in with a chance of winning a prize bundle worth £50 (Terms and Conditions apply).

Spitfire connections in the Coventry Area – Coventry Fighter Fund 

P7940 was the first Spitfire bought with proceeds from the Coventry Fighter Fund set up by the Midland Daily Telegraph (now the Coventry Telegraph) in 1940.The paper urged readers to contribute to the Fund. In three weeks £18,000 was raised – enough to purchase three Spitfires

P7490 served throughout the Second World War with various squadrons, taking part in aerial combats on fighter sweeps and bomber escort missions. It suffered two crashes, shot down one Messerschmitt Bf 109, and even undertook air sea rescue patrols over the Channel. It was sold for scrap in March 1946.

Where has the Spitfire been?

Telford Southwater Central Library – 14 and 15 May 2022

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