|How much for that Spitfire Mister?||For what it's worth, on 30 December 1938, 41 Squadron commenced re-equipping with the Spitfire when the first two Mark I, K Series, aircraft arrived: K9831 and K9832.
Two further machines, K9833 and K9835, arrived on 3 January 1939, followed by K9836 and K9837 on 5 January, K9838 and K9839 on 11 January, K9840 on 13 January, K9842 and K9844 on 16 January, K9845 on 17 January, K9846 and K9847 on 22 January, K9848, K9849 and K9850 on 26 January, and finally K9843, K9855 and K9890 on 4 February, completing a full complement of 20 aircraft.
The Squadron's first five aircraft, K9831-33 and K9835-36, cost the Air Ministry £8,738 each. The subsequent 15, numbered K9837-K9840, K9842-K9850, K9855 and K9890 cost £5,696 each. The squadron’s re-equipment with all 20 aircraft therefore cost the princely sum of £129,130.
By way of (very rough) comparison, today an AIM-9 Sidewinder Air to Air missile costs about USD$84,000 (Ref. http://www.hill.af.mil/library/factsheets/factsheet.asp?id=5788), which is, for the sake of argument, about GBP£42,000. So today, for that money, you'd get a total of three Sidewinders!
Steve ....Read More.||Steve Brew on 18th November 2007 07:41:57|
|41 Sq Spitfire forced landing before WW2,N.Yorkshire||Hello Philip,
Here are the 41 Sq details for Pre WW2.
1938 - nil
30-01-39...K9831 - belly landing, became 1362M.
16-03-39...K9838 - lost wing, Eryholm, York, Sgt. George Verdun Serjeant ,the pilot killed.
30-03-39...K9855 - C/L to 1646M.
03-04-39...K9845 - belly landed became 1479M.
27-04-39...K9856 - Fire in flight Crash landed.
23-05-39...K9842 - Stalled in night landing.
08-06-39...K9837 - belly landed became 1628M.
18-07-39...K9888 - flew into hill Appleby, Cumb, pilot, Sgt. Mitchell killed.
Next 41 Sq a/c was
14-09-39...K9849 - Pilot Officer James Copley was killed.
All for now
Alex ....Read More.||Alex Smart on 22nd February 2012 08:31:53|