Following the recent restoration of one of the last Spitfires, here's a few facts about the war fighting plane:
- The Spitfire's maiden flight was on March 5th 1936.
- It first entered RAF service in 1938.
- It finished RAF service in 1955.
- During its RAF service, 20,351 Spitfires were built.
- 'Snipe' and 'Shrew' were other potential names for the Spitfire.
- By 1939, about 10% of all Spitfires had been lost in training accidents.
- The distinctive roof bulge in the cockpit was to allow for taller pilots.
Facts courtesy of the History Learning Site.
"It's the most phenomenal airplane to fly"
Duncan Mason, an RAF Pilot, has told ITV News that he will be grinning for a week after flying the restored Spitfire.
The Spitfire took over a decade with a cost of around £800,000 to restore.
Spitfire takes to the sky 60 years on
After more than a decade's worth of restoration at a cost of around £800,000, one of the last of the Spitfires has taken to the skies over Lincolnshire for its first flight in almost 60 years.
As from next year, the restored Spitfire will be used in displays as part of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.