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Spitfire UK


The Spitfire was the only British fighter to remain in production throughout World War 2. 22,500+ were produced in mark numbers ranging from I through to 24 - and its exploits are legendary. Designed by Reginald J Mitchel following his experiences with the raf's Schneider trophy winning supermarine floatplanes, prototype Spitfire K5054 first took to the skies on 5 March 1936, powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin I engine.However, due to production problems encountered with the fighter's revolutionary stressed-skin construction, it was to be another two and a half years before the first Spitfire is entered service.

During the nine year production life, the Spitfire's shape was to alter very little, but under the skin the story was different. The power output of the Merlin was increased to allow the fighter to compete with new German types, with firstly the MK v and then the MK ix proving a match for the bf 109f/g and fw 190 at virtually all altitudes. The Spitfire also undertook photo-reconnaissance and fighter-bomber missions.



Engine: Rolls-Royce Merlin I

Thrust: 1565hp

Length: 31ft 1in

Span: 36ft 10in

Max speed: 408mph

Range: 434 miles

Aircrew: 1

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