What is the most famous Spitfire?

What is the most famous Spitfire?

There is no doubt that the British Supermarine Spitfire is one of (if not the) most famous fighter aircraft in the world. Its unforgettable contribution to the protection of our skies and nation throughout World War II, most notably the Battle of Britain, has earned it a legion of fans.

How many Spitfires are left?

07 Jun How many Spitfires are still flying? Out of the 20,000+ Spitfires that were built from 1938 to 1948, today, just a handful of these (around 60) are still airworthy.

When was the Spitfire last used?

1 April 1954
The last RAF Spitfire mission was on 1 April 1954. This was a photographic reconnaissance flight in Malaysia, searching for communist guerrillas. Spitfires remain flying with the RAF today, as part of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

Are German planes better than Spitfires?

Battle of Britain Britain stepped up the production of fighter planes, building them faster than Germany. The Mark I Spitfires, with their superior speed and agility, were sent up to shoot down German fighters. By the end of the battle the better organised RAF had defeated the Luftwaffe and downed 1,887 German planes.

Are there any Spitfires that were buried in Burma?

In late 2012 and early 2013 there was a lot of press coverage and plenty of speculation about Spitfires that were said to have been buried in Burma towards the end of the war. The story – and for many the hope – was that up to 60 Spitfires, possibly in pristine condition, were buried near one or more airstrips in Burma.

Where are the Spitfires buried in the jungle?

Saved for posterity: The historic planes were buried in the Burmese jungle in August 1945 At least 36 – and potentially as many as 60 – of the British fighter planes are believed to have been buried in the Burmese jungle towards the end of the Second World War in 1945.

Are there any Spitfires left from World War 2?

A group of archaeologists, historians and scientists have admitted defeat in a mystery which has spanned decades. After just over a month of digging for lost World War Two Spitfire planes in Burma they have concluded that none exists. “No Spitfires were delivered in crates and buried at RAF Mingaladon (in Burma)…

Why was David Cundall interested in the Burma Spitfires?

The trip had followed years of dedicated research by a farmer and aviation enthusiast from Lincolnshire. David Cundall’s life ambition was a determination to uncover the mystery of the lost Burma Spitfires. His firm belief that the spitfires existed stemmed from rumours and indirect documentary evidence.