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Three Spitfires go on market
One of the Spitfires on sale at Duxford
Three Spitfires are up for sale at Duxford, near Cambridge
A fully restored World War II Spitfire has gone on the market for 1.35m.

The plane is one of three, fully airworthy, Spitfires being offered for sale at the Historic Flying company based at Duxford near Cambridge.

The other two are offer at 850,000 and 1.1m. Only around 30 airworthy Spitfires exist anywhere in the world so the sale is an historic event.

Lee Proudfoot of Historic Flying said: "We have had a lot of interest in the planes, as we always do."

He added: "We don't really have to advertise. Usually people just get to hear about the planes or we get interest through articles in the aviation press.

Wealthy people

"Occasionally we put them on the internet.

"You'd be surprised by how many wealthy people there are around. Selling them is not usually a problem.

"It's every schoolboy's dream to fly a Spitfire and by owning one of these you get your own slice of history."

The Mark XIV plane which is up for sale at 1.35m has just undergone two years of renovation.

A Mark XVIII costs 1.1m while the Mark XVI version is 850,000.

Passion for planes

Historic Flying has restored 12 Spitfires since it was set up by Karel Bos out of his "passion for vintage planes" 20 years ago.

"He just wanted to keep them up in the sky, rather than the project being about making money," said Mr Proudfoot.

Each Spitfire can take up to two years to restore, with parts sourced from all over the world as well as being manufactured at the company's base at the Imperial War Museum at Duxford.


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