RAF Spitfire In Action, The Legend Continues
19-07-2016 8:05am | by Web Desk
The Legendary Spitfire In Action, Amazing Flyby’s In Attack Formations
At Battle of Britain Air Show – Duxford 2010, total 16 spitfires flyby’s are featured, dedicated to commemorating 70th anniversary of British battle at WWII . Which was, according to the many spectators, a truly fantastic experience with groundbreaking sound, as they watched sixteen spitfires maneuvering through various flypasts and flybys. Later they broke off and proceeded by a spectacular warbirds tail chasing.
The Supermarine Spitfire which was one of the most successful fighter aircraft in World War II, was first time used in aviation by Royal Air Force during the World War II, and thereafter by many of the ally countries. There were many configurations of the aircraft as it was manufactured in significant numbers.
This high speed interceptor aircraft was designed by R.J. Mitchell, who was also the one to support the design of the signature elliptical wing, which enabled the spitfire in high-speed dog-fights and interception of German Luftwaffe in British Sky, further empowered by Merlin engine it was an formidable plane to trifle with. And in later, Rolls-Royce Griffon engines was used, which are capable of producing up to 2,340 hp. The first Griffon-engine powered Spitfire was flown by Jeffrey Quill in 1942.
The very first time the spitfire was marked as operational, was August 4, 1938 at RAF Duxford, gaining after then a legendary notoriety in Battle of Britain. After the legendary Battle of Britain, the Spitfire, much loved by its pilots, served several roles, including as an interceptor, fighter-bomber, photo-reconnaissance and trainer, and successfully performed up until the 1950s.
Some memorable Spitfire pilots who shot large number of enemy aircrafts were “Johnnie” Johnson (34 enemy aircraft shot down), George Beurling (31 e/a), Paddy Finucane (28–32 e/a), “Sailor” Malan (27 e/a), “Bob” Tuck (27 e/a), C F Gray (27 e/a), Douglas Bader (20 e/a), Alan Deere (17 e/a) ,Hugo Armstrong (12 e/a).
The Spitfire still remains in popular culture as a warbird reminiscent of its past glories and for enthusiasts around the world. Currently around 53 Spitfiers remain operational, and much more are exhibited in museums dedication to aviation all over the world as people and tourist converge to have a look at them.