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.
Click video. It's one of the most iconic flying machines ever built. The sight and sound of the Spitfire aircraft never fail to excite. Now you can buy a share in a Spitfire and learn to pilot it. The syndicate is the brainchild of a flying school in Sussex.
But - as you might imagine - owning a slice of aviation history doesn't come cheap. Malcolm Shaw has been to Goodwood Aerodrome to find out more.
Flight Lieutenant Jimmy Corbin from Maidstone was laid to rest at a church in his home town today. Awarded the Distingushed Flying Cross, he died just over a week ago at the age of 95. Family and friends have paid tribute to a man who lived an extraordinary life.
The Squires from Witney have good reason to visit the Biggin Hill Heritage Hanger. - they have a special connection to one of the aircraft there, a Mark 1 Spitfire. We talk to Chris Squire and his daughter Lisa as well as aviation author Robin Brooks.