The fastest single-engined finisher in the MacRobertson Air Race - pilots McGregor and Walker, seen here back at the Manawatu Aero Club, took seven days and 14 hours from Mildenhall to Melbourne. Photo by: George Framjee / Manawatū Heritage
Seen preserved outside a cafe on the road to Huka Falls near Taupo. Reported used by Fidel Castro and later the President of Nicaragua before arriving in New Zealand in 1993, intended for logging work. Grounded following a fatal accident to its twin, YS-1005P.
Built by Supermarine during late 1945. This Spitfire was not commissioned with the Royal Air Force (RAF) until 1951 and operated until 1956 when decommissioned. During 1956, New Zealander Sir Keith Park, commander of RAF No 11 Fighter Group during the Battle of Britain and Defence of Malta had this Spitfire donated and temporarily displayed at Hobsonville Airfield. Afterwards, donated to Auckland War Memorial Museum to honour the RNZAF personnel who flew Spitfires during WWII.