Supermarine Spitfire

Definition

The Supermarine Spitfire was a single-seater fighter plane, one of the most important aircraft of the Second World War (1939-45). Employed by the Royal Air Force in such crucial encounters as the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940, the Spitfire gained legendary status thanks to its graceful lines and superlative manoeuvrability.

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  • Jan 1935
    The Supermarine Spitfire prototype is built.
  • Mar 1936
    First test flight of a Supermarine Spitfire.
  • May 1938
    The first operational Supermarine Sptifires are built.
  • Jul 1938
    The first RAF Spitfire squadron is formed: No. 19 Squadron based at Duxford.
  • May 1940 - Jun 1940
    Spitfires are involved in the Dunkirk evacuation.
  • 10 Jul 1940 - 31 Oct 1940
    The Battle of Britain (official Air Ministry dates).
  • 1954
    The RAF's last operational Supermarine Spitfires are withdrawn from service.
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