Spitfire Test Pilots

The Test Pilot for the prototype Spitfire, registration K5054, first flown at Eastleigh, on 5 March 1936 was Captain J "Mutt" Summers, Chief Test Pilot for the Vickers and Supermarine companies.

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Capt J "Mutt" Summers - early 1930's Over the period 1936 to 1945 there was a total of 49 Test Pilots involved in the development of the various Marks and Variants and details are given below in alphabetical order together with their rank as at the time of joining.

  • F/Lt J.P.B. Almack., RAF
  • F/Lt A.J. Andrews., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt P. Arend., RBAF
  • F/Lt F.S. Banner., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt A.C. Bartley., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt W.R.L. Beaumont., RAF
  • F/Lt T. Burke., RAF
  • F/Lt P.J. Clive., RAF
  • F/Lt L.R. Colquhoun., DFC, DFM, RAF
  • F/Lt H.A.G. Comerford., RAF
  • F/Lt ? Cooke., RAF
  • F/Lt T. Craxton., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt A. Deytrikh., RAF
  • Mr G.B.S. Errington
  • F/Lt G. Farquharson., RAF
  • Lt F.C. Furlong., RNVR
  • F/Lt R.C. Gosling., RAF
  • F/Lt M Graham., DFC, RAF
  • Lt S Harris., RNVR
  • S/Ldr R.E. Havercroft., RAF
  • Mr A.A.D. Henshaw., MBE
  • Lt P. Hill., RNVR
  • F/Lt P. Hillwood., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt C.R. Jarred., RAF
  • F/Lt ? Jennings., RAF
  • Lt/Cdr M.J. Lithgow., OBE, RN
  • F/O R. Louis., RAFO
  • Mr G Lowdell
  • F/Lt L. Lunsten., RNAF
  • F/Lt I McNicol., RAFO
  • S/Ldr R. Manlove., RAF
  • S/Ldr G. Morgan., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt G. Page., DSO, DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt H. Parry., RAF
  • S/Ldr H.J. Payn., AFC, RAFO
  • Mr A.G. Pickering., AFC
  • Mr J.K. Quill., OBE, AFC
  • Lt D.R. Robertson., DFC, RNVR
  • F/Lt C. Rudland., RAF
  • Lt P. Shea-Simonds., MBE, RNVR
  • Mr G.N. Snarey., AFC
  • Mr J. "Mutt" Summers., CBE
  • F/Lt H.A. Taylor., RAF
  • F/Lt ? Thomas., RAF
  • F/Lt O. Ullstad., RNAF
  • Lt J. Wakefield., RNVR
  • F/Lt J.H. Wedgwood., DFC, RAF
  • F/Lt P Wigley., DFC, RAF