With pre-flight checks completed, pilot Steve Hinton is about to take the P-36C Hawk to the air on the eve of Flying Legends 2015, the Hawk's European air show debut. NX80FR is part of the unique TFC Curtiss stable.
The first FR.XVIII for the RAF, SM844, was issued on 28 May, 1945, and assigned to 28 Squadron in Hong Kong. The unit operated there from Sek Kong and Kai Tak. SM845 represents one of the unit's Spitfires. Pilot is former BBMF boss S/L Ian Smith.