Fly A Spitfire brings you part one of its definitive guide to the various marks of Spitfire, concentrating, in this issue on the MkI, II and II. Look out for further guides over the coming months.Welcome to this free download guide to the early Spitfire...

Many visitors to the Hertitage Hangar are surprised when they learn that Spitfire pilots were often sent off to meet the Luftwaffe, with very little combat training, 14 seconds’ worth of ammunition, 85 gallons of petrol and facing the greatest airborne enemy the world had...

What engine did the Spitfire have? The Spitfire was an engineering masterpiece, but no man-made object of such repute is ever designed in a vacuum. It will always be more than the sum of its component parts. As well as a cutting edge all-metal monocoque airframe and...

Hallowed ground The name 'Biggin Hill' is synonymous with the Battle of Britain, when a small band of fighter pilots stood alone against the might of the Luftwaffe, a fighting force greater in number and already proven in combat. From this hallowed ground, young men, with...

Many variationsSpitfires used a variety of propellers during their time in service. By the end of the war, the Spitfire had been through 13 different designs.At the very beginning, the prototype and the initial Mk1s that followed it had a wooden two-bladed, fixed-pitch prop, which...

Flying in a Spitfire is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, and the culmination of a lifetime’s ambition for many, so why not do it at a location with a rich history and walk in the footsteps of those brave young men who fought from here in 1939-1945? We...

The process of painting a Spitfire into the finished article with all its markings in place, starts long before anybody even thinks of picking up a paint gun.  Getting the detail right The first stage is research. The aircraft in question may have an interesting history with...

Out of the 20,000+ Spitfires that were built from 1938 to 1948, today, just a handful of these (around 60) are still airworthy. So, where are the others? Of course, the vast majority were destroyed in combat or simply scrapped after the war, but of...