Supermarine Spitfire was highly successful design for a one-seated fighter aircraft used by Great Britain - "Achtung, Spitfire" was one the most dreadful things German pilot could say to their radio. Spitfire flew on all operational fronts during 1939 - 1945.

Airplane was designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, and prototypes and development of this plane goes as far as back 1925. During it's time at the service for R.A.F, there have been many redesigns and models, designed for different purposes, but historically the most interesting model is Supermarine Spitfire Mark I, which was widely used in "Battle of Britain". Over 22000 Spitfires were built during the time it was on service.

Technical Information of Supermarine Spitfire:

Dimensions: Span, 36 ft 10 in; length 29 ft 11 in; height, 11 ft 5 in (airscrew vertical); wing area, 242 sq. ft.

Armament: Eight 0.303 in. Browning machine guns with 300 rounds of ammunition.

Power Plant: One Rolls-Royce Merlin II or III twelve-cylinder 60° Vee liquid-cooled engine developing 880 hp at 3000 rpm for take-off, 990 hp at 2600 rpm at 12250 ft., and 1440 hp at 3000 rpm at 7750 ft. Fuel capacity, 85 Imp. gal. Internally

Weights: Normal loaded, 5280 lb,; wing loading, 24 lb./sq.ft.

Performance: Maximum speed, 362 mph at operational height; maximum rate of climb, 2500 ft./min; time to 20000 ft., 9.4 min.; range (including allowance for take-off, climb and 15 minutes of combat) 395 miles; maximum range 575 miles.

Technical information from William Green's "Famous Fighters of the second world war", MacDonald & Co, 1957.