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The story of The Spitfire on our Roof 

    The SPITFIRE EMPORIUM is a World War II and Canadian Aviation Store with an Archives section for those interested in Aviation History from a Canadian perspective.


A Message From the Owner.. 

Ray Whittemore, owner of The Spitfire Emporium

 

 

 

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Successful ventures in other businesses have allowed me to follow my true passions... indulging in a lifetime dream of owning my own aviation-related store. Other interested people have joined me in this endeavor. The advent of the internet , hopefully, will enable us to take that passion to the world.

    My longstanding love of things related to aviation keeps growing....even though I have no military background and am not a pilot. Perhaps the fact that I was born on the exact day that Douglas Bader shot down his first enemy aircraft as depicted by Robert Taylor in his print, "First of the Many" was a factor. Possibly it was my first air show as a child that did it. It certainly affected me deeply. Who knows? The passion is there and it continues to grow.

    I have been a member of "The Canadian Harvard Aircraft Association" since its beginnings and continue to be an enthusiastic back-seater. I have been enrolled in "The Mynarski Lancaster Support Club" since the start of the restoration of that aircraft many years ago.

 

Hurricane replica donated by K-W Surplus to The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum.....photo by Ray Whittemore

    Recently, I donated a full scale replica of a Hawker Hurricane to The Canadian Warplane Heritage Museum to replace the real one that was tragically lost in a fire before this organization moved to its present beautiful home. The roof of our The Spitfire Emporium is adorned with my other full scale replica...A Spitfire Mk IX.

    My present desire is to see a renewal of a grassroots warplane gathering somewhere here in Ontario with warbirds from all over Canada and the U.S. coming together for a weekend.

    I hope you enjoy this website!

   -Ray Whittemore

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The Spitfire Emporium

Your one-stop source of aviation collectibles and information

STORE HOURS: Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm , (Fridays 'til 8) Sundays from 12:00 to 5:00. Closed Mondays

666 Victoria Street North, Kitchener, Ontario, Canada  N2H5G1   (519) 745-2661

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