The iconic Spitfire found its sea legs in the form of the Seafire line of ‘hooked’ fighters. In our first ‘Classics’ instalment, Malcolm V Lowe describes the Merlin-engined versions
The short-term answer to meet the RN’s immediate operational requirements lay close to home. During the inter-war period the FAA was under RAF control and it was not until 1939 that the service again came under Admiralty jurisdiction. Ironically, it was two land-based RAF aircraft which, when navalised, gave the service a credible counter to Germany’s aerial supremacy. These were the RAF’s superlative fighter designs: the Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfire.