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First flight of the Supermarine Spitfire

5th March 1936

The Supermarine Spitfire, the only British fighter to be manufactured before, during and after the Second World War, was designed as a short-range fighter capable of defending Britain from bomber attack and achieved legendary status fulfilling this role during the Battle of Britain.According to fighter ace J.E. "Johnnie" Johnson it was the best conventional defensive fighter of the war.


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