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Supermarine Spitfire MK.I

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This Spitfire MK.1A Spitfire G-AIST was manufactured by Westland Aircraft Ltd in 1941 and is the only airworthy example of this mark in the world.
Painted in its original wartime markings, AR213, when it was in service with No. 57 OTU in 1941.
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Aircraft Data

The Spitfire was the RAF's first all metal stressed skin single engine fighter. It was produced from 1938-47 serving throughout WW2 and on into the 1950s in a series of increasingly capable versions. Over 40 examples are still airworthy world wide.

The Mk.I was the first production version. Initially fitted with a fixed pitch 2 blade prop, later deliveries featured a 3 blade, 2 position prop, bulged canopy and improved armour. The Mk.I was the main version used in the Battle of Britain.

Summary data for Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom19381566n/a1n/a


1 x Rolls Royce Merlin (880 - 1315 hp) piston engine.

The Mk.1 used the Mk.II (later Mk.III) version of the Merlin rated at 1030hp


8x .303 inch Browning machine guns. The Mk.Ib had 4 Browning machine guns and 2x 20mm Hispano canon.


Dimensions for Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I
Length29 ft. 11 in.
Wing Span36 ft. 10 in.
Height11 ft. 10 in.
Empty Weight4,810 lbs.
Max Weight5,784 lbs.


Performance of Supermarine Spitfire Mk.I
Max Speed365 mph
Cruise Speed315 mph
Ceiling34,000 ft.
Normal Range395mi.
Max Range575mi.

Updated 22nd November 2008

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Supermarine Spitfire MK.I

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20th June 2010
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