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Mark 21 Spitfire

Spitfire LA198 is a Mark 21 Spitfire built in 1944 with a Rolls Royce Griffon 61 engine and a five blade propeller. It flew with the 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron between 1947-1949. 

The plane was restored in a joint project between Glasgow Museums and the National Museums of Scotland. It was originally on display in Glasgow’s Museum of Transport, then following Kelvingrove’s refurbishment, it was relocated to become part of an innovative new display.

On Remembrance Day, ICR In association with Allelys Heavy Haulage lowered the Mark 21 Spitfire on display suspended in the gallery at Kelvingrove Museum, Glasgow

The Spitfire was lowered for a 10 year conservation inspection and clean and the suspension harness together with the integrated airframe fittings removed for load and condition testing

After the 2 week in-house conservation care project was completed the Spitfire was again raised and suspended in the gallery 


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