Supermarine 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.

 

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Classic Wings formation flight with a Spitfire and Hurricane

Jamie Ewan was invited on board one of Classic Wings' Dragon Rapides for the firm's debut fly-along experience with a pair of World War Two fighters

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PROUD HERITAGE

BIGGIN HILL HERITAGE HANGAR Spitires and Biggin Hill have...

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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One Man's Mission to own a Spitfire, Mustang, Hurricane and Kittyhawk

Warbird collector Peter Teichman was determined to own examples of the four most important Allied fighters of World War Two. Objective achieved, he’s now decided to retire from display flying. Here, he discusses his stellar career with Darren Harbar

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THE PERFECT SPITFIRE

WHAT MAKES SPITFIRE MH434 SO SPECIAL? KEN ELLIS FINDS OUT ...

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AEROPLANE meets Tim Davies

In the early 1960s, privately owned, airworthy Spitfires were...

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Spitfire and Hurricane Pilots recall the Battle of Britain

RAF Fighter Command veterans of the Battle of Britain recall the momentous aerial combats of the summer of 1940

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Lightning versus Spitfire: Clash of the Generations

When the possibility of RAF fighters coming up against Indonesian P-51 Mustangs during the 1960s confrontation reared its head, one pilot had an idea: pit Lightning against Spitfire

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The Flying Career of BBMF's 'Parky' Revealed

After 11 years on the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, this very experienced RAF fighter pilot is joining the civilian warbird world

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.

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