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They were the iconic aircraft of World War Two, fighting above the skies of Southern England during the Battle of Britain. They were once produced in their thousands in factories in Hampshire, Wiltshire and Oxfordshire.
Now there are only 40 Spitfires still flying in the world. One more has joined their number though, seven decades after the aircraft's heyday following a restoration project lasting four years. Derek Johnson reports.
A newly restored World War Two aircraft has taken to the skies above Kent following a four year restoration project at Biggin Hill Airport. The Spitfire Mark 16 is among the last models of its kind to be renovated. There are only 40 still flying in the world.
Chief Engineer, Franco Tambascia tells us about the restoration.