A Spitfire plane could be yours for £90,000

It’s a famous fighter that helped win the Battle of Britain and starred in countless documentaries and movies.

Now aviation and history fans have the opportunity to own – and fly – an iconic WW2 Spitfire for the relatively low sum of £89,950, the price of a top-of-the-range car like the Jaguar F-Type.

Enthusiasts say that when pilots yell “Hold up!” and take off in the fast fighter for the first time, they will experience “love at first flight” in this magnificent flying machine.

Globe-trotting businessman and engineer Iain Hutchison, who has listed the aircraft resplendent in maroon camouflage paint, is well placed to say “Roger that”.

The father-of-three, 52, from Perth, and his friend Graham Robinson, built the replica in 80 per cent scale, from a pre-packaged kit supplied by US manufacturers Supermarine and have been flying his plane since the local airfield at Scone.

He said, “If you can drive a car, you can fly this plane. It’s a few thousand pounds a year to keep, including insurance and hangar, and it costs me around £60 an hour to fly, so it’s a relatively affordable flight. It has a range of over 500 miles and cruises at around 170 mph.

“I’ve been lucky enough to fly original Spitfires twice, at Goodwood and Cumbernauld, and a real one will cost a few million, then around £3,000 an hour.

Blue skies, steel bird, nothing like flying a Spitfire

“The Spitfire gave us our freedom. There are only a few dozen originals left, but this is a chance for someone to own the next best thing.

The successful businessman started building the Spitfire in Australia before having it shipped to Scotland when he returned home, with Graham doing the lion’s share of finishing it.

Iain used the plane to help market his engineering company, Merlin ERD, to overseas customers and said the Spitfire had been so successful the business had exploded, earning him two Queen’s Awards and an audience in 2014 with Her Majesty.

The Chartered Engineer graduated from Heriot Watt University, where he got his first taste of flying with the University Air Squadron, before spending 20 years traveling the world working on complex drilling projects.

He is selling the two-seater plane, which has a top speed of around 225 mph, on Facebook Marketplace.

He said: “The idea of ​​the plane was a public relations tool for the company. We used it shamelessly as a symbol of great British engineering. In fact, I took the name of the company from the Merlin engines that powered the Spitfires.

“The Spitfire proved key in setting us apart from the rest and we ended up building a multi-million pound business. We are a world-beating nation and the Spitfire was the perfect symbol of that.

“I flew into Plockton which was beautiful and we went to Portrush in Northern Ireland to do an airshow which was a great experience. Northern Ireland is only 45 minutes from Perth. It’s a small, fast plane so it doesn’t take long to get around.

Sadly, Iain’s friend Graham passed away recently, which partly explains the sale.

“He left a great legacy,” notes Iain, who says it’s like Graham is with him in the cockpit every time he flies.

“I had the privilege of putting it through its paces in front of Graham’s family.”

Scotland has historic links to the Supermarine Spitfire with Air Chief Marshal Lord Hugh Dowding, of Moffat in Dumfriesshire, playing a leading role in the development of the fast fighter.

He then led RAF Fighter Command in the decisive victory over the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.

A prototype Spitfire number K5054 first flew on March 5, 1936, and the first production Spitfire K9787 took off on May 15, 1938.

A plane that crashed in a Norwegian bog nearly 80 years ago is being rebuilt piece by piece as a tribute to its Scottish pilot.

Auchterarder-born Flt Lt Alastair ‘Sandy’ Gunn crashed his Spitfire on a mountain in southwest Trondheim on March 5, 1942, after being shot down while on a secret mission to photograph the German battleship Tirpitz.

Parts of his Spitfire are still being salvaged and used to rebuild the plane in a hangar on the Isle of Wight, in hopes it will “hit the skies again” by 2024.