SPITFIRE

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The RAF Supermarine Spitfire was a high-performance, single-seat fighter used during the Battle of Britain & WW2.

The Spitfire's famous elliptical wing gave it a higher top speed edge over contemporary fighters of the era. Up to 40 different variants of the Spitfire were manufactured with several different engines, the Rolls-Royce Griffon being the most powerful packing 2,340 hp. Its maximum diving speed was 450 mph.

Standard armament included eight Browning machine-guns with 300 rounds of ammo.

Many Luftwaffe pilots were terrified of Spitfires & crews reported being downed by Spitfires when they’d really been shot down by other aircraft - ‘Spitfire Snobs’.

In total 20,351 Spitfires were manufactured of which only approximately 44 are still in existence & airworthy today.

MAX MUMBLES says: “The Spitfire is the most beautiful fighter aircraft ever built”