Historic Aviation Quiz: The Spitfire Mk.I

Question 1 of 10

It is well known that the Spitfire Mk.I took to the air for the first time on May 14, 1938 from Eastleigh – but who was at the controls?


Alex Henshaw
Joseph 'Mutt' Summers
Jeffery Quill
Harald Penrose

Question 2 of 10

True or False: The Air Ministry ordered the Spitfire Mk.I into production before the type’s first flight on March 5, 1936?

Historic Quiz - August 2



Question 3 of 10

While it is well known that Duxford-based 19 squadron was the first to take delivery of the Spitfire Mk.I, which was the second?

74 Squadron
63 Squadron
603 Squadron
66 Squadron

Question 4 of 10

Who delivered the first Spitfire to 19 Squadron at Duxford?

Historic Quiz - August 2

A Flt Lt George 'Eric' Ball
Sqn Ldr Henry Cozens
Flt Sgt George 'Grumpy' Unwin
Sqn Ldr Brian 'Sandy' Lane

Question 5 of 10

How many Spitfire Mk.Is were in service at the time of the Great Britain declaring war on Germany on September 3, 1939?

Historic Quiz - August 2


Question 6 of 10

True of False: The Spitfire’s first ‘kill’ was a friendly-fire incident on September 6, 1939 later dubbed as the 'Battle of Barking Creek'?


Question 7 of 10

The Spitfire’s first actual air-to-air kill occurred on October 16, 1939 when pilots from 602 and 603 Squadrons engaged enemy aircraft attacking Royal Navy warships in the Firth of Forth. Two of the aggressors were shot down – what were they?

Historic Quiz - August 2

Junkers Ju 88s
Messerschmitt Bf 109s
Aradro Ar 96s
Junkers Ju 87 Stukas

Question 8 of 10

What was the official Supermarine designation for the Spitfire Mk.I?


Historic Quiz - August 2

Type 300
Type X
Type I series interceptor
Type 100 Fighter

Question 9 of 10

True of False? A number of Spitfire Mk.Is were delivered to Estonia before the British Foreign Office stopped deliveries owing to needing the aeroplanes more than its overseas customers due to war?


Question 10 of 10

How many examples of the Mk.I were rolled out?

Historic Quiz - August 2


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0 > 25%, must try harder!

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26% > 50%, good work, but room for improvement...

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51% > 75%, getting there!

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76% > 100%, top drawer - home for tea and medals!