Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia X4009 construction number 945 6S-74889 was the aircraft of Flight Lieutenant Paterson ‘Pat’ Clarence Hughes, DFC, Australia’s highest scoring Battle of Britain ace.

Pat Hughes aircraft photos at RAAF Point Cook 1937

Photos from the the scrapbook of Paterson Clarence Hughes and his service at RAAF Point Cook, Victoria have been shared. Hunter Fighter Collection visited David Hughes, Pat’s nephew, at Parkes NSW recently and David generously shared a number of photos and family memorabilia about Pat and his service in Australia and the [...]

2024-01-21T08:20:36+11:0015 May 2023|

Supermarine Spitfire X4009 wreck to Australia

The engine of Supermarine Spitfire X4009 along with the aircraft wreck, amounting to nearly 500kg, is being packed to be shipped from Airframe Assemblies on the Isle of Wight UK to Hunter Fighter Collection at Scone Australia. Spitfire X4009 is owned by Hunter Fighter Collection Incorporated, a registered not-for-profit charity in Australia. X4009 [...]

2023-04-22T17:05:58+10:0017 April 2023|Tags: |

Supermarine Spitfire X4009 Restoration Underway

Hunter Fighter Collection Incorporated, a registered not-for-profit charity based at Scone, NSW, Australia has commenced its most ambitious project yet,  the restoration to airworthy status of one of the most famous remaining WWII RAF Mk I Spitfires, Serial X4009. Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia RAF Serial X4009 construction number 945 / 6 [...]

2023-10-09T13:20:41+11:001 January 2023|Tags: |

Hunter Fighter Collection awarded $150,000 to restore Pat Hughes Spitfire

Hunter Fighter Collection Incorporated, an Australian Not-for-profit was awarded $150,000 in funding under the Government’s 'Saluting Their Service' Commemorative Grants Program in January 2021 which enabled work to commence on the fuselage assembly of Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia X4009. The grant will help restore the original aircraft of one of Australia’s leading [...]

2023-10-09T13:22:10+11:0021 December 2022|Tags: |

Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia X4009 to Australia

In a coup for the Australian Warbird movement and historic aviation globally, the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire Mk Ia flown by Australia’s top scoring Battle of Britain ace, 39461 Flight Lieut. Paterson Clarence Hughes DFC is to be rebuilt to airworthy condition and operated in Australia as a flying memorial to ‘Pat’ Hughes. [...]

2023-10-09T13:21:21+11:0015 December 2022|Tags: |
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