Often referred to as 'the home of the Spitfire', IWM Duxford’s historic airfield was the base from which the first RAF squadron received the aircraft in 1938. Today the museum still boasts the largest range of different Spitfire marks anywhere in the world and, from 27 December 2021 until 20 February 2022, Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon will be the largest exhibition of these historic aircraft under one roof.
Bringing together 12 Spitfires of varying marks in IWM Duxford's AirSpace Hall, the exhibition – free with entry to the museum – will demonstrate how the iconic warbird evolved throughout the Second World War. The exhibition will be accompanied by a series of tours, talks, events and family activities that will delve deeper into the Spitfire’s history.
Alongside IWM’s own iconic Mk Ia Spitfire, N3200, there will also be Mk V, Mk IX and Mk XIV Spitfires. Visitors will discover information about each aircraft and how the Spitfire cemented its place in history as one of the greatest fighter aircraft of all time.