The Second World War single-seat fighter aircraft was salvaged from the bottom of Loch Doon in Ayrshire in 1982 after a four-year search by divers.
It crashed during a training flight from Ayr in 1941, killing the Czech pilot.
The plane finally went on display at Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum, whose founders first commissioned the salvage project in 1977. Chairman
David Reid said: “We contacted the local diving club, just after the museum opened in the July, and they agreed to take on the task of looking for this.
“We were expecting them to find it the first weekend – they found a syrup tin.”
However, despite their best efforts, the search continued for years with “countless hours of diving”.
Mr Reid added: “They finally found it in 1982, probably just by feel, because the silt at the bottom of Loch Doon is several feet deep. They actually bumped into it.
“I think the engine was the first part they found.”
A Yorkshire-based expert restored the fuselage.
However, he could not work on the wings due to ill health, with the museum eventually securing the money to buy a new set.
Although there is still a significant amount of work to do to the interior, Mr Reid said: “Hopefully within the next couple of years we will be able to let people actually sit in a genuine Battle of Britain survivor.”
Source : EXPRESS