With the success of the MK25 and the MK26, the idea was hatched in
mid-2004 to produce a 90% Spitfire due to the demand from our
customers, who were looking for a comfortable two-seat aircraft with
the same performance of our earlier marks! Throughout the designing of
the MK26B Spitfire there were considerations to keep the kits simple
and the build time down so that the builders could get the aircraft
flying in less than a year, but would still be a challenge to build.
The prototype took just over 8 months to complete with all the
tooling, CAD drawings and setting up for production.
The reaction from
Mike O'Sullivan, CEO and designer of Supermarine Aircraft, after the first test flight: "I did not
think that it was possible to fly a nicer plane than the MK26 . "
MK26B is designed to house our V6 or V8 engines without any
modifications. It also has under wing radiators as an option which gives
it that final touch.