The mortal remains of TA805 arrived at the Airframe Assemblies works, Sandown, Isle of Wright in early 1992. Having previously been in storage in Sussex. The dormant period continued for another 3 years or so until the current owners acquired the aircraft. Work to return her to flying condition started in early 1996.
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The period up until July 1997 being taken up with the manufacture of the many pieces that make up a Spitfire fuselage. These small pieces being made up into sub-assemblies such as fuselage Frame 9.
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Also along with the new build items, as much original material as possible was removed from the remains, for incorporation into the rebuild. These photos show the all important Frame 5 being dismantled and the almost complete assembly following rebuild.
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With the kit of parts ready, assembly in the build fixture commenced in August 1997. These photos show the basic structure being assembled in the jig.
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New skins started being cut in and drilled off in November 1997. These photos show the new skinning, along with the original skins which were used as checking patterns to ensure that the structure was true.
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Skinning work continued, resulting in the completed fuselage out of the build fixture in July 1998
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With the basic fuselage finished, the next major task was the building of the wings. This following a similar pattern, with many months being spent making components and sub-assemblies prior to the start of the build. This task not made any easier with the need to move the whole of Airframe Assemblies to a larger premises in May 2000. The new "works" being located on the other side of town, with '805 turning a few heads as she made the trip! She arrived safe and was carefully unloaded.
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