A historic Spitfire is being dismantled as part of a major restoration at the Potteries Museum.

The aircraft will be moved piece by piece to be restored and reassembled in an enclosed transparent gallery across the road. 

This is the culmination in a long campaign by Operation Spitfire to get the Spitfire restored. 

The plane's designer comes from Stoke-on-Trent, meaning the city has a special relationship with the model. 


And today marks the beginning of the process of dismantling the Spitfire so it can be restored.

The group of volunteers aims to restore and preserve the MKXVI Spitfire housed in the Potteries Museum as well as spread the history of the Spitfire and its creators.

The campaign is led by Julian Mitchell who is the great nephew of RJ Mitchell, the Spitfire's designer. He said: 

"The Spitfire is the culmination of 30 years of Reginald Mitchell's life, he designed 24 world-record beating aircraft. It is the most beautiful aircraft ever."

Serving Airman and local boy Andy Dodd has been involved with the project since it started: 

"It's brilliant for the city of stoke on trent. It's absolutely brilliant to see this spitfire getting the treatment it needs". 

The team behind Operation Spitfire hope when the plane is restored and back on display at the Museum entrance it will help to inspire the next generation