Up Close: Supermarine Spitfire

Supermarine Spitfire

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Now usually on Up Close you get a nice easy-to-digest infographic showing some sort of supercar, whether its old or new. But this time I’ve opted for something a little different. Feast your eyes on what is quite possibly the most elegant looking fighter aircraft ever built. Allied pilots who flew it, loved it. Including American ace William Dunn, who flew Spitfires, P-51s, Hurricanes, and P-47s. He called the Spitfire the “world’s greatest propeller driven flying machine”.

German pilots are also quoted as saying the Spitfire was their most feared opponent, followed by the P51 Mustang. How can something so deadly, so mercilessly efficient, also be so elegant and graceful?

The road-going equivalent of the Spitfire would be if the army fitted the Jaguar E-type with machine guns.

Supermarine Spitfire information

Supermarine Spitfire diagram

Oh yeah. And it sounded amazing too!


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