Spitfire: Evolution of an icon

From 27 December 2021 until 20 February 2022, IWM Duxford will be hosting the 'Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon' exhibition. Tara Leggett and James Peene from Key.Aero joined Liam Shaw, Events and Experiences Coordinator at IWM Duxford to check out the exhibition... 

When the initial prototype of the Supermarine Spitfire first flew in 1936, it was the proposed answer to a concern that many were starting to voice: British defence needed to be strengthened, especially in the air. Despite never seeing the finished product fly, its designer R.J Mitchell had a vision that would see his aircraft be more successful than any other. But he could never have known just how much of a success it would become: an icon.

Before the first prototype even finished its official trials, the Royal Air Force ordered 310 production Spitfires. It was but a sign of things to come. In total, 20,351 Supermarine Spitfires were produced across 24 marks. 

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