The Spitfire

The Supermarine Spitfire, often referred to as simply ‘Spitfire’, is a British fighter plane which gave the British dominance in the air in the Battle of Britain during World War 2. First produced in 1936 by manufacturer Supermarine, a handful of Spitfires have survived to still be airworthy well into the 21st century.

Last instructional Spitfire moves on

The last Supermarine Spitfire in the world to be used as an instructional airframe has a new home.

Spitfire A Flight Simmer’s Guide - Part 1

In the first instalment of this two-part guide to Spitfire simulations, we examined the essential features of each of the products under discussion, namely: Aeroplane Heaven’s Mk I, A2A Simulations’ MK I and II, DCS’ Spitfire LF Mk IX, Cliffs of Dover’s Mk I and II and RealAir Sim’s Mk IX and XIV.

Spitfire – A Flight Simmer’s Guide: Part 2

In this the second part of our look at Spitfire simulations currently available on the market, we compare their respective graphical treatments, flying characteristics and how well each of them has replicated its real-world counterpart.

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SPITFIRE FINALE

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Spitfire Supreme!

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TRANSATLANTIC SPITFIRE

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Spitfire Plane Facts, News and Restorations

This page is the only place you need for everything Spitfire related; from interesting historical facts to the latest news on restoration projects, Spitfire appearances and more! For example, did you know that early models of the Spitfire had issues with their Browning machine guns freezing at higher altitudes, a problem that was not addressed until 1938 when a heating system was added to the gun bays.

No military plane has become such a renowned symbol of British Airforce superiority both in terms of its engineering prowess and illustrious military record. The Spitfire has become one of the most popular military aircraft amongst restorers, enthusiasts and airshow attendees alike and for the British represents a symbol of victory. Powered by two Rolls Royce Merlin or Griffon engines, the Spitfire was fast with later variants hitting a top speed of 454mph, making it a formidable and agile foe when it came to short range dog fights giving the RAF the slightest of advantages in critical battles of WW2.

Despite being outnumbered by the Hurricane during the battle of Britain, The Spitfire suffered fewer overall losses and had a higher victory to loss ratio. This, in part, is what lead many of the British to believe that the Spitfire was the reason the Battle of Britain was won. In reality the combination of the two planes and their skilful pilots is what lead the British to victory in the skies.

Of all the legendary fighter, bomber and transport military aircraft from this period, the Spitfire is the one that has captured the hearts and minds of countless enthusiasts and lead to a myriad of restoration projects, airshows and museum pieces.

Take a look at our Spitfire related articles below to find out more about this legendary Warbird aircraft. Discover more articles on vintage aircraft restorations.

The future of the Spitfire

The Spitfire has been around since 1936 and whilst there are still a few airworthy examples well into the 21st Century, they have not been used during any military engagements since 1961 and production stopped in 1948. The future of the Spitfire then is in the hands of restoration projects and museums around the world. Whilst a few fine examples will doubtlessly continue to be airworthy for years to come, they have long been relegated to the history books.

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