THE UK'S PREMIER WARPLANE WORKSHOP
The Biggin Hill Spitfire Factory is a restoration facility dedicated to returning Spitfires back to the skies. The Spitfire Factory was founded in early 2011 under the name of The Spitfire Company (Biggin Hill) Limited, with the purpose of restoring a single Spitfire MK1 X4650 and subsequently TA805 ‘Spirit of Kent’.
As of September 2022 it has restored a total of 15 Spitfires to flying condition, with several other projects currently in progress. This warplane workshop is a hive of activity with numerous Spitfires on site along with a 1940 Hawker Hurricane and Battle of Britain veteran Messerschmitt 109 on display.
In the past up-close access to Spitfires has been available to only the lucky few, but now you can take a tour around our warbird workshop and see at first hand what goes into putting a Spitfire back into the air, how they are maintained and what’s involved in their day to day running.
As seen on TV’s ‘Warbird Workshop’and ‘Inside The Spitfire Factory’
Our engineers can be seen restoring wings, building fuselages and installing Merlin engines. The techniques used today are the same as those when the Spitfire Factories were in full production mode with hand tooling, riveting and sheet metal work requiring skill and dexterity.
Unlike the 1940’s Spitfire factories we have the luxury of time so can ensure every aircraft that leaves our facility is the very best it can be. Our team utilise as much of the original donor aircraft as possible blended with new ‘old’ stock parts or hand crafted replacement components.
Guided tours of our Spitfire Factory are available every week.
WARBIRD RESTORATIONS TO DATE
The current list of Spitfires restored to an airworthy condition Include:
- Spitfire Mk IX TA805 ‘Spirit of Kent’
- Spitfire Mk Ia X4650
- Spitfire Mk IX TD314 ‘St George’
- Spitfire Mk V EP122
- Spitfire Mk IX BR601
- Spitfire Mk XVI RW382
- Spitfire Mk IX PT879 ‘Russian Spitfire’
- Spitfire Mk XVI TB885
- Spitfire Mk Vc EE602
- Spitfire Mk IX LZ842
- Spitfire T9 MJ627
- Spitfire T9 MJ772
- Spitfire Mk IX MJ755 ‘Greek Spitfire’
- Spitfire T9 ML295
- Spitfire T9 BS410
- Spitfire Mk IX TE517
AWAITING / UNDERGOING RESTORATION
- Spitfire Mk IX MA764
- Spitfire Mk IX ML119
- Spitfire Mk Ia P9372
- Spitfire Mk XIV RM694
- Spitfire Mk IX EN570
- Spitfire Mk IX MK 912 (UNDER REPAIR)
RAF BBMF MAJOR OVERHAUL PROJECTS COMPLETED
- Spitfire Mk IX MK356
- Spitfire MkIIa P7350
- Hurricane MkIIc PZ865 ‘The last of the Many’
- Hurricane Mk II LF363
- Spitfire Mk XVI TE311 CURRENT as of September 2022
MORE ABOUT OUR FACTORY
Our engineering facility
Our engineering facility holds:
- CAA British Civil Airworthiness Approvals A8-24 / A8-25
- Military Aviation Authority MRP-145 Approval
We’re able to undertake individual component restoration, wing building, fuselage construction, airframe assembly, Spitfire T9 conversions or complete restorations from a donor aircraft. We also provide Spitfire and vintage warbird scheduled maintenance services.
If you have a Spitfire, Hurricane, Mustang or other vintage Warbird restoration project then we can take it from the drawing board to completion.
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