Spitfire LA198

West Court Redisplay - Life Gallery closing Sunday 4 October

The Life Gallery in the West Court will be closed from 5pm on Sunday 4 October until Spring 2016, for a major redisplay.

As part of this work, Spitfire LA198 will undergo some essential maintenance and conservation checks and will be temporarily off display for around a month from late October.

However, it will still be possible to see the Spitfire from the West Balcony area during most of the redisplay work. We'll keep this website updated with the progress of the work. 

For more information on the gallery redisplay, click here.


Spitfire LA198 is a Mark 21 Spitfire built in 1944 with a Rolls Royce Griffon 61 engine and a five blade propeller. It flew with the 602 (City of Glasgow) Squadron between 1947-1949. 

The plane was restored in a joint project between Glasgow Museums and the National Museums of Scotland. It was originally on display in Glasgow’s Museum of Transport, then following Kelvingrove’s refurbishment, it was relocated to become part of an innovative new display. Five teams of experts worked on the project, including a group of lifting experts who were responsible for raising the aircraft into its new position, suspended above the West Court. ​
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