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The Spitfire

The Spitfire
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A "spitfire" is a fiery-tempered, passionate person and - not just coincidentally - the most famous military aircraft ever made.

The Spitfire's designer, RJ Mitchell, was heard to mutter that it was "just the sort of bloody silly name they would choose", but the name sums up the passionate fighting spirit of the Battle of Britain that was the Spitfire's biggest challenge.

The combination of a practical yet beautiful design with the immense skill and courage of the pilots make the Spitfire a powerful icon of wartime England. Learn about the remarkable man who - against all odds - created its revolutionary design. Read about the Merlin engine. And discover the ways we've come to remember the Spitfire today, such as airshows, war movies and Airfix models!

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