Never was so much owed by so many to so few
noun spit·fire \ˈspit-ˌfī(-ə)r\
Spitfire: a quick-tempered or highly emotional person
A better description for this agile RAF fighter would hardly match the definition of it’s name. Soon after it’s maiden flight on 5th of March 1936, Supermarine Spitfire found its fame in the burning skies of the WWII.
A multi-role aircraft was constantly improved and perfected, being the only British airplane in production before, throughout and after the WWII. 20.351 units were produced, 47 of them still airworthy today.
Both Spitfire and Hurricane had flooding problems while diving, making them vulnerable to Messerschmidt fighters. Fortunately, those and other issues were solved and Spitfire soon gained superiority in dogfights, loved by Brits, feared by German pilots. In 1944 during tests, one Spitfire gained Mach 0.92 while diving, a highest speed recorded for piston-engined aircraft ever. It’s record remains unbroken even today.
Memory of Spitfire is vivid in WWII collective memory, as one of the best and most beloved airplanes. A lasting legacy of it’s creator, R.J. Mitchell endured the war, and was kept in active service well into the mid-50ies.
Above, is generic Spitfire wording. Below, I’m temporarily placing some of my personal pictures with the Spitfire.
OK, yes, I’m overweight. I had lost 60 pounds one year earlier, and was feeling really proud of my weight loss, but was at this point in time, gradually gaining it back. Oh well. It doesn’t stop me from trying new things.
Taxiing toward the end of the runway.