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