Supermarine Spitfire simulator
Supermarine Spitfire simulator

During a ground attack sortie on Ljubljana airfield in 1944 a Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX, serial number MJ116 of 73. squadron Royal Air Force was hit by flak and crashed on the southern outskirts of Ljubljana city. The pilot Flt.Lt. Clark bailed out successfully and was captured. In 2018 the remains of this Spitfire were excavated. The remains included a superbly preserved Merlin engine and significant other parts of the aircraft. These parts are now displayed in the Park of Military History in Pivka, Slovenia.

In late 2020 the co-founder of AFormX – Janez Cestnik came across the Heritage Flight Simulation Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX plans built simulator. We were immediately impressed by the technology of the simulator. The key motivation to invest into the building of this simulator was that our partner Park of Military History Pivka, where the MiG-21bis simulator is placed decided to expand our cooperation and combine the remains of the Spitfire MJ116 with our simulator.

DESIGN PRINCIPLE

Our core idea was that combining the remains of the original Spitfire and a very realistic simulator would make for a extremely innovative presentation. The presentation moves the visitors from seeing and thinking about the remains to actually experiencing the flight in the Spitfire serial number MJ116 over the photorealistic Slovene terrain. Therefore the simulator is tuned to digitally and physically as closely as possible match the simulator to the MJ116 aircraft.

BUILD PROCESS

The process of building the Spitfire started in late December 2020, moved into the phase of fabrication in January 2021 and the simulator was delivered in April 2021. What is even more impressive is that at the same time the AFormX simulator team developed also the Velis Electro X-ALPHA 200 upgrade.

Spitfire frame almost done
Spitfire frame almost done
Cockpit in progress
Cockpit in progress
In the paint booth
In the paint booth

The artistic touch for the very realistic weathering was provided by Mr. Aleš Bedič who joined the AFormX team for this and hopefully many more projects.

COMMERCIAL RESULTS

Despite the effects and restrictions of the pandemy the Spitfire is producing good revenue. For the weekends it is fully booked and averages 20 to 25 simulator sessions per day. If you want to visit Pivka and experience the Spitfire simulator yourself make sure you book your Spitfire slot in advance.

VIP USERS

In April 2021 only a few days after the formal handover of the Spitfire Mk IX simulator to the Park of Military History Pivka, the Minister of Defence, Republic of Slovenia Mr. Matej Tonin flew and thoroughly enjoyed the Spitfire simulator.

Defence Minister flies the Spitfire
Defence Minister, Mr. Matej Tonin flies the Spitfire
Colorado National Guard Commander Brigadier Laura Clellan flew the simulator at Park of Military History opened the supplement to the exhibition "TO HELL AND BACK" - the story of American planes that fell during the Second World War in Slovenia.
Colorado National Guard Commander Brigadier Laura Clellan flies the simulator at Park of Military History while visiting the opening of the exhibition "TO HELL AND BACK" - the story of American planes that fell during the Second World War in Slovenia.
VIP guest flying the Spitfire simulator
Minister of Defense and Deputy Prime Minister of the Republic of Latvia -Dr. Artis Pabriks also flew the Spitfire simulator and enjoyed it thoroughly.
Simon Zajc državni sekretar MGRT
Simon Zajc, State Secretary of the Ministry of Economic Development and Technology was one of the first VIP guests that flew the Spitfire simulator on the day of the formal handover to Park Of Military History in Pivka.
General Sir Tim Radford, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe is flying the Sptifire simulator buildt by AFormX
General Sir Tim Radford, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, visited the Park of Military History with his wife Tracy on 12 October 2021 and flew the Spitfire simulator as part of his official visit to the Republic of Slovenia. (Photo courtesy: Park of Military History Pivka)
UK Ambassador to Slovenia, Her Excellency Tiffany Sadler flies the Spitfire simulator in Pivka Militarz History.
General Sir Tim Radford, Deputy Supreme Allied Commander Europe, was joined in Pivka by the UK Ambassador to Slovenia, Her Excellency Tiffany Sadler, who also enjoyed the simulator very much (Photo courtesy: Park of Military History Pivka).