A British single-seat fighter aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II. Many variants were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts; nearly 60 remain airworthy, and many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world.

‘The Supermarine Sptitfire’ (Image by CRUSH Photography)

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 with cutting-edge sunken rivets (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.

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Last flight of Avro Vulcan XH558

Avro Vulcan XH558 (military serial XH558, civil aircraft registration G-VLCNThe Spirit Of Great Britain was the last remaining airworthy example of the 134 Avro Vulcan jet powered delta winged strategic nuclear bomber aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force during the Cold War. It was the last Vulcan in military service, and the last to fly at all after 1986.

Vulcan XH558 first flew in 1960

Vulcan XH558 first flew in 1960, and was one of the few examples converted for a maritime reconnaissance role in 1973, and then again as an air-to-air refuelling tanker in 1982. After withdrawal in 1984 it continued with the RAF’s Vulcan Display Flight, performing until 1992.

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Through a combination of public donations and lottery funding, it was restored to airworthy condition by the Vulcan To The Sky Trust, who returned it to flight on 18 October 2007. The donations required to reach that point totalled £6.5m.

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Supermarine Spitfire T.IX "ML407"

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force throughout the Second World War. The Grace Spitfire ML407 was originally built at Castle Bromwich in early 1944.

Very expensive to fly.

It is now owned and flown by Carolyn Grace, the only practising female Spitfire pilot in the world. During the summer months, she spends every weekend taking part in aerobatic displays across the country.

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The Spitfire costs about £5,000 an hour to fly and Grace fly’s it about 70 hours a year; the engine overhaul alone costs £120,000 and has to be carried out every four years or so.

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