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SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE - The most famous military fighter aircraft of all-time and chiefly remembered as the symbol of the Battle of Britain. Designed by R.J.Mitchell, the prototype flew in 1936 and was constantly upgraded during the war and when production finally ceased in 1949 more than 22,000 Spitfires had been built.
During the war it was produced by Vickers-Armstrong's Supermarine Works at Southampton and at Lord Nuffield's factory (presumably at Morris Car Works at Oxford).
The Spitfire carried a crew of one; was powered by a 440 hp Rolls-Royce Merlin engine; had a span of 36 feet 10 inches, length 29 feet 11 inches, height 11 feet 5 inches; a range of 470 miles; and was armed with eight 0.303 inch Browning machine guns mounted in the wings.
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