National origin:- United Kingdom Role:- Fighter, Photo-reconnaissance aircraft Manufacturer:- Supermarine Location:- Long Island City, New York, Newark, New Jersey, and, in 1941, in Warminster Township, Pennsylvania, which was then known as NAS Johnsville Designer:- R. J. Mitchell First flight:- 5 March 1936 Introduction:- 4 August 1938 Retired:-1961 Irish Air Corps Primary users:- Royal Air Force, Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Canadian Air Force, United States Army Air Forces Produced between 1938-1948:- 20,351 Unit cost:- Â£12,604 (Â£774,905 in 2017) (Estonian order for 12 Spitfires in 1939) Variants:- Supermarine Seafire, Supermarine Spiteful
Comments given by aces who flew the Spitfire
'...I had seen them flying and admitted I had seen few prettier aircraft...'
P. Richey on Spitfire's
'...If only he knew how proud I felt. At last I had flown a Spitfire. How Beautiful the machine seemed to me, and how alive! A masterpiece of harmony and power, even as I saw her know, motionless. Softly, as one might caress a woman's cheek, I ran my hand over the aluminium of her wings, cold and smooth like a mirror, the wings which had borne me...'
P. Clostermann of the Spitfire
'...We now had Spitfire's. It was a whole new kind of flying: we were one with the machine, and, more important, we had new confidence. For the first time we felt we had a plane that could out-perform the Me 109 and FW 190...
J. Goodson of the Spitfire
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