The L.O.O.T.M. Archive

Lust Object of the Month

Jan/Feb  2008


January/February LOOTM Two-For-ONE
Prototype Spitfire--small, simple and light--but with LOTS of potential.
Spitfire Mark V with more horsepower, clipped wingtips and inboard cannon.
The Mark IX, originally developed as a "stop gap," it became numerically important and could tangle with the FW-190 on equal terms.
Spitfire Mark XIV, with the venerable Merlin replaced by the Griffon engine.  This put the horsepower in the 2000+ range with almost no increase in frontal area/drag!
The ultimate development to the Spitfire line was the Mark22/24.  Though these were post-W.W.II aircraft, and were a world apart from the prototype, they were still obviously Spitfires.

This LOOTM has to be one of the all-time great aircraft--the Supermarine Spitfire.

Designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, the aircraft was to be the iconic fighter of W.W.II England.  During the Battle of Britain the Spitfire became identified as the plane that saved England from the invading German war machine (though the often overlooked Hurricane play an equally important role).

The prototype Spitfire flew in March of 1936, and was continually developed throughout the war years. 

 

 
 

    In case the first LOOTM left you wanting more, here is our first Two-for-One Special!

 

McCracken Toady T-4
The original McCracken Toady T-4.  The Cessnas in the background give some idea of the compact size.  More info here:    

http://1000aircraftphotos.com/AmateurBuilt/ToadyT4.htm

 
N370CR, 1971 Mccracken TOADY T-4, One-of-a-kind, single place experimental. 195 MPH @5,000'
The Toady T-4 during its rebuild.  In this photo the mixed construction is plainly visible.
McCracken Toady T-4
The T-4 after its rebuild.  Looks fast just sitting there . . .
N370CR, 1971 Mccracken TOADY T-4, Taylor 100 Air Race
And it looks even faster in its element!  This was shot at the Taylor 100 Air Race.

 This little airplane is a one-of-a-kind homebuilt built by Bill McCracken.  Named the Toady T-4, the wings are outer wing panels from a Cessna C-150, but skinned using thicker aluminum and flush rivets.  She was recently rebuilt and the new paint scheme accentuates the clean lines.  Powered by a 135 HP Lycoming engine, the small single-seater does 190+ mph.