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Supermarine Spitfire


Supermarine Spitfire
One of the most enduring images of the Second, World War, the Spitfire is credited with saving the British Isles from the threat of German invasion. Fast, manoeuvrable and with an iconic engine sound, the Spitfire combined well with the Hawker, Hurricane against the threat of the Messerschmitts. The Battle of Britain wasn’t the Spitfire’s only major contribution. It served the Allies with distinction over the course of the war, becoming the most widely produced British fighter of the war. It was constantly upgraded to battle the best the Luftwaffe had to offer and fought in every theatre of the war. D-Day and the invasion of Sicily wouldn’t have happened if it wasn’t for the excellent air support the Spitfire’s provided. 

A Seafire version was created specifically for use in the Royal Navy on aircraft carriers and they became invaluable in the battle in the Pacific against Japan. Quintessentially British, the Spitfire was sold to various air forces around the world after the war but remains an icon of plucky British resistance in the summer of 1940. It is estimated that over 20,000 Spitfires were made and around 50 are still flying today as its legendary status lives on.

Supermarine Spitfire