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.
More top news
West Midlands Police has binned thousands of playing cards after an advert was mistakenly printed alongside crime advice aimed at children.
A pedestrian has been seriously injured in a non-stop collision in Birmingham in the early hours of this morning.
Your afternoon weather forecast with Helen Plint.