Spitfire Fighter plane takes to the roads in manoeuvre from Manchester to London

By Culture24 Reporter | 12 February 2014

Curators will be hoping for good traffic when a 1940s aeroplane leaves Manchester for the first time in 19 years

A photo of an enormous world war two plane being dismantled on a city street
The Spitfire Fighter Reconnaissance departs from Manchester© Chris Foster
Carefully dismantled from one end to the other, the Spitfire Fighter Reconnaissance, which served the post-war 613 Squadron at the RAF base where Manchester Airport now stands, is leaving the city’s Museum of Science and Industry after a 19-year stay.

A photo of an enormous world war two plane being dismantled on a city street
© Chris Foster
The plane caused chaos for motorist when it arrived on a late afternoon in 1995, standing in the Air and Space Hall ever since. But organisers hope its move to the RAF Museum in London, scheduled for Sunday morning, will be less disruptive.

“We know it has been revered and loved by the many thousands of people who have visited the Air and Space Hall over the years,” says Alice Cliff, the Curator of Science and Technology, who will send the Spitfire south for a special exhibition on aerial photography, Britain from Above.

“We are thrilled that many more will get the chance to see it when it reappears in London later this month.”

The make is known for serving dependably in the Battle of Britain. This plane served its Squadron for photographic reconnaissance, sporting a clipped wing to provide greater stability during the low altitude flights its portrayals required.

  • Britain From Above opens at the RAF Museum on February 22 2014.

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It's quite a challenging job to remove such a big object. Will it need to block some roads during the transportation in London? There was similar case in Hong Kong before to remove an old tram from the storeroom of the tram company to the Museum of History and some roads were blocked at night for transportation.
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