Wizards at Work: AME Andre Laviolette and apprentice Vanessa Lefaivre gently lower the Packard-built Merlin into the awaiting arms of the Spit.
Vintage Wings’ Mk XVI Spitfire recently underwent an engine change – but not just any engine change. The engine with which Spitfire s/n SL 721 was discharged from service has been found and, fresh from overhaul, has been reinstated to her former glory on her former aircraft.
It takes a lot of finessing to manoeuver a 1720hp supercharged V12 engine into place. Lucky for us, our Vintech Aero AMEs are “wizards with Merlins.”
For a complete history of Vintage Wings’ Mk XVI Spitfire, please visit http://www.vintagewings.ca/VintageNews/Stories/tabid/116/articleType/ArticleView/articleId/131/language/en-CA/Supermarine-Superstar.aspx
All photos HF.