In 1934 the Ministry of War called for a single-seater eight-gun fighter, capable of exceeding speeds of 275mph. R.J. Mitchell’s design for the Supermarine Type 300 Prototype K5054 was accepted by the Air Ministry in January 1935, in 1936 the Spitfire was born
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Everyone knows about the Battle of Britain, and how ‘the Few’ saved the country from invasion. What they don’t necessarily remember is that every one of the fighter pilots mentioned in Churchill’s ‘the Few’ speech had a team of dedicated ground crew, RADAR operators, WAAFs and many more behind him
On this Day, March 5th 1936, the Spitfire made its first successful test flight. Read on to discover more about this legendary aircraft’s history.
The story of RAF engine fitter Sylvester Owen serving in Italy during the Mediterranean campaign of the Second World War.
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Discovering the history of Trowbridge Spitfires and RAF Melksham. What role did your town play during World War Two?
THE QUICK REACTION ALERT FORCE, RAF LOSSIEMOUTH ANNIVERSARY AND 75 YEARS ON FROM THE RAF'S FINEST HOUR
Celebrating one successful year of QRA operations from RAF Lossiemouth and 75 years on from the Battle of Britain
One of the little known things about the Battle of Britain is how many of ‘The Few’ who fought it were, in fact, foreign or Commonwealth pilots.
It’s now 74 years since the heroic young pilots of Royal Air Force Fighter Command won the Battle of Britain (German: Luftschlacht um England, literally "Air battle for Engla [...]
From the outset of the war Britain had been expecting a great German air assault on its soil. It was this fear that drove mothers to evacuate their children from the big cit [...]
Southampton city council have just approved a new spitfire monument to be erected. Find out more about the monument here.
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