A wartime fighter pilot was reunited yesterday with the Birmingham- made Spitfire he test flew 60 years ago.
Wing Commander Peter Ayerst, aged 85, took out the Mark 22 aircraft on November 17, 1945.
The plane, serial number PK 664, forms the centrepiece of an exhibition Inside the Spitfire at the Science Museum in south Kensington.
Wing Commander Ayerst, of Beckenham, Kent, flew Hurricanes and Spitfires during the war and was awarded the DFC.
He saw an item recently about the aircraft at the museum in an aviation magazine and took his logbooks with him when he went to see it.
"I was able to confirm that I flew that Spitfire while I was a test pilot at the Vickers Armstrong factory in Castle Bromwich in Birmingham," he said.
"They were turning out 320 Spitfires and 30 Lancasters a month.
"I thought, 'I've probably flown more Mark 22 Spitfires than anyone else', and my logbooks showed that I had flown it. It was thrilling to see the plane again."
The Spitfire is currently displayed in pieces. The exhibition about the legendary plane and its designer R J Mitchell commemorates the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, and goes on until January 31, 2007.