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Spitfire restoration project nears completion

A team of engineers at the Shuttleworth Collection in Bedfordshire say they are nearing the end of a six-and-a-half year project to restore an historic Spitfire.

The plane flew missions during the second world war she went on to recreate the Spitfire's role in films about the Battle of Britain and Pearl Harbour

Her refit - which was supposed to take 18 months - has so far taken 6 and a half years. Every part is being dismantled then rebuilt. A bit like a giant Airfix model.

Gareth Rutt, an aircraft engineer, said: "This is 95 per cent original. We try to keep as much as possible to maintain its provinence. We could, realistically, make a whole new spitfire out of whole new parts but that doesn't preserve the spitfire's history."

Click below to watch Claire McGlassen's report.

A Spitfire is being restored. Credit: ITV News Anglia
A Spitfire is being restored. Credit: ITV News Anglia