No one aircraft has captured the public’s imagination quite like the Supermarine Spitfire. Designed in the mid 1930’s, and with a rich heritage in its favour, the Spitfire continues to delight young and old whenever it takes part in fly-bys, air shows or a quick circuit around the English countryside.
With its distinct elliptical wing, the Spitfire is instantly recognisable, but it is the growl of the beast within it that really helps to raise the hair on the back of your neck. Most of the early version were powered by the now famous Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. The Spitfire, however, was not the only aircraft to benefit from this behemoth. The Merlin was found in the Hawker Hurricane, Avro Lancaster and numerous other Royal Air Force (RAF) aircraft.
But in the Spitfire, it had truly found its home.