The spitfire was originally designed by R. J. Mitchell in 1931.

Mitchell continued to work on his design of the spitfire until his death in 1937 from cancer.

His colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer after Mitchell’s death

The super marine spitfire played a key role in the Battle of Britain.

The single seater fighter plane was quicker than than the Hawker Hurricane.

The Spitfires first flight was on 5 March 1936