Skip Navigation


A very powerful Rolls-Royce Griffon-engined version of the Spitfire, the MkXVIII saw all of its service post-World War Two, and mostly overseas in places like the Far East and Middle East. Built in 1945, SM845 served with the RAF in South-East Asia Command, and then with the Indian Air Force until the late 1950s. After some years still in India as an airfield decoy, it passed to a US civilian owner for restoration and then came to the UK. Historic Flying bought the Spitfire in 1998, and the aircraft returned to flight in 2000. A sale to Swedish operator Biltema took place during 2009, but, sadly, SM845 was involved in an accident while in their ownership. It came back to the UK for restoration, again by Historic Flying, for new owner Spitfire Ltd. John Romain made the maiden flight in December 2013, the machine now resplendent in the post-war silver markings of Hong Kong-based No 28 Squadron, RAF. As part of Richard Lake's Spitfire Ltd fleet, SM845 is now based at Humberside Airport.

“It was an epic spectacle, as magical as anything you've ever seen in the West End, and as loud as anything you've ever heard at Knebworth.”

Jeremy Clarkson, Television Presenter

“All the thrills, excitement and noise of a Grand Prix, but in the air!”

Jenson Button, Formula 1 Racing Driver

“This is the best airshow!”

Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Astronaut

Sign up for emails about the Air Tattoo, Concerts and Merchandise