The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works, which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928. Mitchell pushed the Spitfire’s distinctive elliptical wing designed by Beverley Shenstone to have the thinnest possible cross-section, helping give the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the Spitfire’s development through its multitude of variants.
|Engine:||One 1,695-hp Rolls Royce Merlin V-1650-7 piston V-12 engine|
|Weight:||Empty 2975 kg., Max Takeoff 3900 kg.|
|Wing Span:||11.23 m.|
|Maximum Speed:||449 mph|
|Armament:||2 × 20 mm Hispano II cannon; 120 rpg, plus 2 × 0.50 in Browning M2 machine guns; 250 rpg.|
|Number Built:||Approximately 20351 (including ~200 built in Australia)|
|Number Still Airworthy:||Approximately 70|
The artistic design of the Spitfire and the history it created during the Battle of Britten make this aircraft our personal favourite.
Experience the roar of a Rolls Royce Merlin – This is the sound that many young men heard as they took off on a mission over Northern Europe, Africa and Asia during World War II.
Spitfire, also called Supermarine Spitfire, the most widely produced and strategically important British single-seat fighter of World War II.
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