06 Sep 2018 | By Vishnu Aravind
The Supermarine Spitfire is arguably the most iconic fighter aircraft of the Second World War. This quintessentially British aircraft was designed in the early 30's and had its maiden flight in 1936. Introduction of the aircraft into military service was just in time for the war, and a total of 20,351 Spitfires (all variants included) were built in total.

It is the largest produced British aircraft in history, far outnumbering its closest rival, the Hawker Hurricane which saw only 14,583 being built.



This single-engined beast was powered by a supercharged V12 Rolls Royce Merlin aeroengine producing 1470 hp. The Spitfire could reach a service ceiling of 36,500 ft and a maximum speed of 595 km/h. It carried 6-8 machine guns depending on the variant. The following documentary details the journey of the Spitfire.

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