Spitfire Histories creates replica flight and engine controls of the famous MkIX Spitfire for virtual pilots using pc based flight simulators. With our controls you can fly just like in a real Spitfire in combat flight simulators such as DCS, IL2 and TF Cliffs of Dover, or any other flight simulator on a pc.


Passionate about the Spitfire, the designer Robert Austin also creates photo-compositions of the Spitfire, available as limited edition prints on fine art paper. He features aircraft and versions that are not seen at airshows or in museums. Each composition is accompanied by a video documentary made by the artist which tells the history of the Spitfire and the particularities of the aircraft represented.


Spitfire Histories simulator controls have been re-designed in 3D from original Supermarine Aviation Works technical drawings and other sources. While preserving exterior dimensions, the inside of the parts have been modified to replace their original mechanical, pneumatic or electrical systems with modern electronics adapted for home pc’s. Some controls are even assembled just like the originals with real nuts, bolts, spacers and washers.


The majority of components are created by 3D printing with PLA+ plastic filament. Some assemblies are completed with PVC tubes or aluminium bars mounted on MDF panels.


Spitfire Histories flight simulator controls are designed for two main uses :

  1. Home desktop installations, where the controls are presented as plug'n'play sets that can be quickly and easily installed to your pc, with a Users Manual to help set up the controls in popular combat flight simulators.
  2. Assemblies or individual parts and controls for permanent fitting into replica Spitfire cockpits, where we adapt the fixing brackets, wiring and PCB game controllers to suit your installation.



In 2020 Spitfire Histories will be offering a brand new mobile Spitfire cockpit section flight simulator for rental by airshow organisers, museums or for promotional events in France and Central Europe. See our News page for more details.

SH simpit being built May 2020

Photo-composition by R Austin