ONLY 10 of these limited-edition Spitfire Mustang beasts will be produced locally.

On Thursday, our jaws dropped when the first of the RTR Spec 5 Spitfire Mustangs was revealed at the SA Air Force Museum (SAAF), Air Force Base Swartkop in Pretoria.

Over two centuries ago, during an annual air show at the Swartkop Air Force Base, the SAAF Museum’s Spitfire crashed and was badly damaged.

This was after a complete restoration was done in late September 1995, before it crashed in 2000.

Photo: Dylan Mohlala.
Photo: Dylan Mohlala.

To revive the life of the plane, The Warriors of the Sky project and the Performance Centre, together with Friends of the SAAF Museum, decided to raise funds for the Spitfire restoration project.

The performance centre acquired 10 licences to convert standard 5.0 L V8 Ford Mustangs into RTR Spec 5 wide bodies.

These limited edition Mustangs are Spitfire replicas and will be supercharged.

Photo: Dylan Mohlala.
Photo: Dylan Mohlala.

This project will reportedly raise the required R750 000 to rebuild the last remaining South African Air Force Spitfire.

Each of the 10 cars will have a custom number badge and be named after one of the Aircrafts flown in World War 2.

Photo: Dylan Mohlala.
Photo: Dylan Mohlala.

The Spitfire 5518 reportedly arrived in Mzansi in 1947 and served in the Cape and at Air Force Base Waterkloof before being decommissioned.

According to the to The Warriors of the Sky project, the initiative is to preserve the history and legacy of South Africans who gave their lives in World War 2.