Supermarine Spitfire

January 7, 2008 at 5:20 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter, used by the Royal Air Force and also by many other Allied airforces during the Second World War, and into the 1950s. It was produced in greater numbers than any other Allied design (though more Hurricanes were used in the Second World War than Spitfires). The Spitfire was the only Allied fighter in production at the outbreak of the Second World War that was still in production at the end of the war.

Produced by the Supermarine subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrongs, the Spitfire was designed by the company’s Chief Designer R. J. Mitchell, who continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937; the position of chief designer was then filled by his colleague, Joseph Smith. Its elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than the Hawker Hurricane and other contemporary designs; it also resulted in a distinctive appearance, enhancing its overall streamlined features. The Spitfire was very manoeuvrable, which was a particularly important aspect of a good fighter plane, especially in the Second World War, as weapon guidance and heat seeking missiles did not exist in this time. This meant that, to ensure a kill, fighter pilots would have to manoeuvre themselves to become close behind an enemy, making accurate shooting much easier. Much loved by its pilots for its agility, the Spitfire served during the whole of the Second World War and later years, in most theatres of war, and in many different variants.

The Spitfire’s main adversary was the German Messerschmitt Bf 109, both being among the finest fighter aircraft of their day.

Spitfire

Picture and info above from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire

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