Spitfire , also called Supermarine Spitfire , the most widely produced and strategically important British single-seat fighter of World War II. The Spitfire, renowned for winning victory laurels in the Battle of Britain —41 along with the Hawker Hurricane , served in every theatre of the war and was produced in more variants than any other British aircraft. The airplane was a direct descendant of a series of floatplanes designed by Mitchell to compete for the coveted Schneider Trophy in the s. One of these racers, the S. Designed around a 1,horsepower, cylinder, liquid-cooled Rolls-Royce PV engine later dubbed the Merlin , the Spitfire first flew in March It had superb performance and flight characteristics, and deliveries to operational Royal Air Force RAF squadrons commenced in the summer of The version of the Spitfire that fought in the Battle of Britain was powered by a Merlin engine of 1, horsepower. The plane had a wingspan of 36 feet 10 inches
Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts; nearly 60 remain airworthy , and many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. Mitchell , chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works, which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from Mitchell pushed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing with cutting-edge sunken rivets designed by Beverley Shenstone  to have the thinnest possible cross-section, helping give the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane.
Get ready to bid farewell to the spitfire Bobby Bottleservice and big booty player Ref Jeff. It was the cataclysmic collision of spitfire upstart performer, brilliant pop song, and cheeky music video. The first thing that had moved him in the child was the friendlessness back of her spitfire offense. A wave of the hand, and the Spitfire is alongside, running up like a dog to its master. He was struggling to stay afloat on the rough sea when a Spitfire began circling overhead. The captain of the Spitfire had left nothing undone to make the loss of the schooner appear purely accidental.
Some British pilots, many of whom had only nine full hours of flight training before heading up into combat in the hazy English skies, had long since turned to amphetamines to keep them alert. Sometimes, they would fly five or six combat sorties per day before settling in for just a few hours of sleep. The Battle of Britain during the summer of had taken its toll, but on September 7, , everything changed. Adolf Hitler had given the order to shift focus from military targets to civilian ones—with London being chief among them. The Blitz had begun. More than bombers with accompanying fighter escorts were stacked atop one another more than a mile and a half high. The massive swarm of Nazi aircraft was said to cover square miles of airspace. Beard, a Spitfire pilot from the Squadron, recounted.