- The first flight of Spitfire was 5 March 1936 at Eastleigh Airport Southampton, still in use as Southampton Airport.
- The pilot for the first flight was John ‘Mutt’ Summers, Chief Test Pilot for Vickers (Aviation) Ltd.
- The first flight lasted for 15 minutes. On landing Mutt supposedly said to the ground crew, “Don’t touch a thing”.
- Jeffrey Kindersley Quill was the second man to fly the Spitfire after Summers. As Vickers' Chief Test Pilot, Quill test-flew every mark of Spitfire.
- The Spitfire Fund' was set up during the Second World War as a way of towns contributing to purchasing Spitfires
The Spitfire plane has taken off from the runway at Southampton Airport.
Many of you have been sharing your view of the aircraft retracing its flightpath from 1936 on social media.
Organisers behind the Spitfire flight have announced the plane will take the skies above the Solent in a few minutes' time despite worries over weather.
While the Spitfire takes off, a Guard of Honour will be performed by the Hedge End 2428 Air Cadets.
The Spitfire will make an historic flight tomorrow. It will take off at around 11am and fly over the area the planes were built - and then to Portsmouth and back.
It is weather dependant but the hope is it will make the trip and today there was a dry run.
Mike Pearse reports...
They're an icon of British design, and thanks to them the Battle of Britain was won above the skies of Kent and Sussex.
Tomorrow the Spitfire turns 80. Its first test flight was on the South coast in 1936 and after that tens of thousands were put into production.
In a moment we'll look at how that first flight is being celebrated - first here's Derek Johnson with the Spitfire is making its way back to Kent.
They're an icon of British design - and thanks to them the Battle of Britain was won above the skies of Kent and Sussex.
On Saturday - March 5 - the Spitfire turns 80. Its first test flight was on the South coast in 1936 and after that tens of thousands were put into production.
And on Saturday a Spitfire can be seen at Ramsgate as part of an event called Spitfire Day.
Meanwhile Spitfires are being restored and flown at the Biggin Hill Heritage hanger - which has no moved to a new and bigger hanger.
We speak to: Wartime Spitfire pilot Rodney Scrase DFC; aviation author Robin Brooks and Peter Monk and Franco Tambascia from the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger.
Thousands of people looked to the skies this morning as a Spitfire soared over the south coast.
It marked the start of a weekend of celebrations to mark the 80th anniversary of the iconic plane's first flight from Southampton in 1936.
Our Transport Correspondent, Mike Pearse, was there for the take-off - and sent this from Southampton Airport.