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Castle Bromwich Comes to Santa Ana

During World War II, the Castle Bromwich factory produced 15,634 Spitfires before the production line closed down. The Vickers-Supermarine Company has long since given way to Jaguar production, though I am uncertain if the actual buildings are in use. http://www.angelfire.com/sd2/spitfirefactory/history.htm
Spitfires, until recently, were not known to be under construction in China, but that has changed in a dramatic way. No fear! The Chinese tooling has been scaled down in size and scaled up in numbers. By way of Missouri, I ordered up a 1:18 scale Spitfire Mark I, and, as luck would have it, it was a 74 Squadron plane bearing the identification of Squadron Leader Adolph "Sailor" Malan http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sailor_Malan

It arrived, very well packaged and secure, and in need of a "wrench." Well designed, this all thumbs mechanic managed to put it together.

Within no time, the plane was assembled.

A pilot was duly recruited, installed in the cockpit and given a checklist.

After a check flight at limited altitude due to restricted ceiling,

the Spitfire was rolled to its dispersal to remain at readiness, as the political situation appears to be deteriorating. The plane was so welcome that proposals for the acquistion of a Hurricane, possibly a P-40, were passed for review by the Home Secretary and Chancellor of the Exchequer, who implied that if further rearmament were to occur, I would be sleeping in the garage.... in and with, Torshia!

The 74 Squadron Spitfire is a particularly appropriate representative in my household as "my first Spitfire" was also a 74 Squadron veteran at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry, and I have been reading about another 74 Squadron pilot, John C. Freeborn, DFC, in the wonderful book, "A Tiger's Tale."

Tags: 74 squadron, john c. freeborn, spitfires
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