Supermarine Spitfire Operational History

Supermarine Spitfire Operational History

The Supermarine Spitfire, the only British fighter to be manufactured before, during and after the Second World War, was designed as a short-range fighter capable of defending Britain from bomber attack and achieved legendary status fulfilling this role during the Battle of Britain. According to fighter ace J.E. "Johnnie" Johnson it was the best conventional defensive fighter of the war.

As the war continued, however, the fighter evolved into a multi-role aircraft capable of operating in different environments. For example, the Spitfire was a pioneer in the role of the unarmed, photo reconnaissance (P.R) aircraft which relied on high speed and high altitude to avoid detection and avoid attack.

Post-war the Spitfire was to continue to serve as a front line fighter and in secondary roles for several air forces well into the 1950s. The last offensive sorties made by RAF Spitfires were flown by 60 Squadron Mk XVIIIs over Malaya on 1 January 1951.

Read more about Supermarine Spitfire Operational History:  Spitfire Night Fighter, European Offensive 1941–43, Photo Reconnaissance, Mediterranean Service, Italian Cobelligerent Air Force, Spitfires of The USSR, Postwar Service, See Also

Other articles related to "supermarine spitfire operational history, supermarine spitfire, supermarine, spitfire, spitfires":

Supermarine Spitfire Operational History - See Also
... British military history of World War II Military history of the Soviet Union. ...
Cunliffe-Owen Aircraft - History
... was switched to produce parts for the Supermarine Spitfire ... The company also undertook repair and overhaul work for Supermarine, whose test facilities were located on the same airfield ... In 1943 they won a contract to produce the Supermarine Seafire, 118 Seafire Ibs incorporating the fuselage reinforcements were modified from Spitfire Vbs by the company and Air Training Service ...
Supermarine Spitfire Variants: Specifications, Performance And Armament
... The British Supermarine Spitfire was one of the most outstanding fighter aircraft of the Second World War ... This would lead to 24 marks of Spitfire, and many sub-variants within the marks, being produced throughout the Second World War and beyond, in continuing efforts to fulfill Royal Air ... The Spitfire was also adopted for service on aircraft carriers of the Royal Navy in this role they were renamed Supermarine Seafire ...
List Of Air Ministry Specifications - List of Specifications (incomplete) - 1930-1939
... Bristol Type 123, Bristol Type 133, Gloster Gladiator, Gloster SS.19, Hawker P.V.3, Supermarine Type 224, Westland F.7/30 8/30 ab initio trainer - Moth with Gypsy II order de Havilland Moth S.9/30 Two-seat carrier-borne ... flying boat - all-metal Kestrel-engined Southampton II (Southampton IV/Scapa) Supermarine Scapa T.23/31 Tiger Moth I production order de Havilland Tiger Moth I R.24/31 General Purpose Open Sea Patrol Flying ... F.36/34 (modified by F.5/34) Eight-gun fighter with Rolls-Royce PV-12 engine Supermarine Spitfire, Hawker Hurricane F.37/34 Eight-gun fighter with Rolls-Royce PV-12 engine capable of ...
Supermarine Spitfire (early Merlin Powered Variants) - Production
... The breakdown of production figures is taken from "Spitfire Simply Superb part three" 1985, p ... The majority of the early P.R Spitfires were converted from existing airframes and are not listed separately ... Vs were converted from Mk I and some Mk II airframes the first true production Spitfire V is listed ...

Famous quotes containing the word history:

    The reverence for the Scriptures is an element of civilization, for thus has the history of the world been preserved, and is preserved.
    Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803–1882)