The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire Mk IIa powers through the English summer sky being flown by Flt Lt ‘Parky’ Parkinson. Serial number P7350 is the only Spitfire still flying to have seen combat in the legendary Battle of Britain fought during 1940..(Photo by John Dibbs/facebook.com/theplanepicture)
Reginald Mitchell laid down the original lines of the Spitfire at a time when the very word “fighter” meant a stack of fabric wings with flying wires coupled to big, exposed wheels and outfitted with a few machine guns. While so many aircraft are inspired by others of similar function, the Spitfire was the first of a new breed. Although the move to monoplanes was already well under way worldwide, it was Mitchell who brought the soul of an artist to the engineers’ drafting table.
Whereas Willy Messerschmitt had a fixation with easily constructed straight lines, Mitchell’s sole goal was to cheat the wind through the merciless use of compound curves, tight seams and smoothly shaved rivets. It is said that the wind could flow from the huge spinner past the carefully formed compound cowl clear to the tail without a single discontinuity to disturb it.
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By the time this limited-production high-performance version of Maj. Michael Jackson’s Teddy was photographed in early spring 1945 at Boxted, the 56th FG had been operating with Thunderbolts for almost three years. Initially constituted in November 1940 as the 56th Pursuit Group, with three Squadrons (61st, 62nd and 63rd) operating a mix of training aircraft and basing, they were posted in scattered locations in defense of New York City in early 1942. With the 63rd actually based at Republic’s Farmingdale factory, it was a natural for the 56th to be tapped to be the premier Thunderbolt unit in May 1942.
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