Events for Sunday 5th March 2017


On This Day in History

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First flight of the Supermarine Spitfire

5th March 1936

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.

Further Reading

Ultimate Spitfires
(Hardback - 224 pages)
by Peter Caygill

The Spitfire is probably Britain's best loved and admired aeroplane. It is also revered around the world. This book looks at the later marques that were modified for various special tasks and differed to a large degree from Supermarine's first early versions that saw action in the early days of… Read more...

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Spitfire's First Flight

5th March 1936

One of the most iconic planes from World War Two took to the skies on this day 1936 from Eastleigh Aerodrome, Hampshire, UK.

Further Reading

Secrets of the Spitfire
(Hardback - 270 pages)
by Lance Cole

This book tells the tale of the brilliant aerodynamicist Beverley Shenstone MASc, HonFRAes, FAIAA,AFIAS, FCASI, HonOSTIV. As R.J. Mitchell's chief aerodynamicist, it was Shenstone who designed the Spitfire's wing – the wing that gave the Spitfire it crucial advantage in the Battle of Britain and beyond. A quiet man, Shenstone… Read more...

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