A famous British fighter
are currently working on a model of the Supermarine Spitfire which
will eventually be adapted to create many of its variants.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter, used
by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during
the World War II, and into the '50s. The Spitfire was produced
in greater numbers than any other Allied design and was the only
Allied fighter in production at the outbreak of the World War
II that was still in production at the end of the war.
Produced by the Supermarine, a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrongs,
the Spitfire was designed by the company's Chief Designer R J
Mitchell, who continued to refine the design until his death from
cancer in 1937; the position of chief designer was then filled
by his colleague, Joseph Smith. Its elliptical wing had a thin
cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than the Hawker Hurricane
and many other contemporary designs.
The distinctive silhouette imparted by the wing planform helped
the Spitfire to achieve legendary status during the Battle of
Britain. There was, and still is, a public perception that it
was the RAF fighter of the Battle, in spite of the fact that the
more numerous Hurricane shouldered a great deal of the burden
against the potent Messerschmitt Bf 109. Much loved by its pilots,
the Spitfire saw service during the whole of the Second World
War and subsequent years, in most theatres of war.
The Spitfire will always be compared to its main adversary, the
Bf 109: both were among the finest fighters of their day, although
the Spitfire ultimately proved to be a more flexible and tractable
design, and kept its superb handling qualities through every permutation.
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