The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any... MORE
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries during and after the Second World War. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations, and was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter to be in continuous production throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be a popular aircraft, with approximately 55 Spitfires being airworthy, while many more are static exhibits in aviation museums all over the world. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works. In accordance with its role as an interceptor, Mitchell designed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing to have the thinnest possible cross-section; this thin wing enabled the Spitfire to have a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. LESS
Thousands of enthusiasts seize the opportunity to take a step back in time, revelling in the period atmosphere as Spitfires soar overhead and hordes of classic Jaguars and Ferraris line-up in all their glory. Highlights of the 2014 Goodwood Revival included three big anniversaries - the 60th birthday of both the voluptuous Jaguar D-type Le Mans racer and the Maserati 250F Formula One car, as well as 50 years since Sir Jackie Stewart made his stunning debut in a single-seater car at the Goodwood circuit. In the skies above West Sussex not one but two Second World War Lancaster bombers thundered past with a Spitfire escort, while 1950s jet aircraft like the Canberra and Hunter swooped fast and low over the heads of spectators. As ever though, the Revival was about more than just high-speed machinery. Thousands of visitors to the annual event sported vintage clothing as they perused period details included faithful recreations of the Earls Court Motor Show, the 1954 Monza pit lane and the Hooper coachbuilders trim-shop. Get the latest headlines http://www.telegraph.co.uk/ Subscribe to The Telegraph http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=telegraphtv Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/telegraph.co.uk Follow us on Twitter https://twitter.com/telegraph Follow us on Google+ https://plus.google.com/102891355072777008500/ Telegraph.co.uk and YouTube.com/TelegraphTV are websites of The Daily Telegraph, the UK's best-selling quality daily newspaper providing news and analysis on UK and world events, business, sport, lifestyle and culture.
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