image stats
date added
None Yet
previous votes
log in


indent register
indent recover

Supermarine Spitfire

1 star2 stars3 stars4 stars5 stars
Supermarine Spitfire

Comments for: Supermarine Spitfire
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: November 21, 2006 03:18AM

Interesting. Clipped wings, not the graceful elliptical shape. Note to self..must investigate variant via the web.
pro_junior Report This Comment
Date: November 21, 2006 03:53AM

an airplane joke you have probably heard before....

A World War II fighter pilot is reminiscing before school children about
his war experiences. "In 1942," he says, "the situation was really tough.
The Germans had a very strong air force. I remember," he continues, "one
day I was protecting the bombers and suddenly, out of the clouds, these
fokkers appeared."

Several of the children begin to giggle.

"I looked up, and realized that two of the fokkers were directly above me.
I aimed at the first one and shot him down. By then, though, the other
fokker was right on my tail."

At this point, the girls in the auditorium are now all giggling and the boys
are laughing out loud. The children's teacher stands up and says, "I think
I should point out that 'Fokker' was the name of a German-Dutch aircraft
company, one which made many of the fighter planes used by the Axis powers
during the war."

"Yes, that's true," says the pilot, "but these fokkers were flying
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: November 21, 2006 04:47AM

A neighbor of mine who flew P-51s during the war told me that joke so many times I began to think he was senile.
Byte ME Report This Comment
Date: November 21, 2006 06:06AM

90130_ Wrote:
> Interesting. Clipped wings, not the graceful
> elliptical shape. Note to self..must investigate
> variant via the web.

I am not sure, but that could be a naval version.
fossil_digger Report This Comment
Date: November 21, 2006 07:53AM

Sub hunter-killers
90130_ Report This Comment
Date: November 21, 2006 10:56PM

Supermarine Spitfire info; This would be a Mark V version with clipped wings to improve manouverability. Further investigation reveals that the naval versions was equipped with folding wings and arresting hooks for carrier service. These were called Seafires a consolidation of the name "Sea Spitfire."

The most beautiful WWII fighter aircraft, regardless.
rogerramjet_2003 Report This Comment
Date: March 12, 2008 11:01AM

Michael (Mike) O’Sullivan’s Supermarine Aircraft Factory officially began its life in the kit aircraft manufacturing business in 1995, although the original idea is much older. It has been the dream of countless aviators since the end of the Second World War to build and fly a Spitfire.

The Spitfire is arguably one of the most famous fighters of the Second World War. It was loved by all for its smooth lines and gracefulness in the sky.

Spitfires have not been produced since 1948 due to the complexity of the design and this makes it very difficult to replicate the original aircraft. The ‘Hangar talk’ at the time suggested that it was simply not possible to make a metal, reduced scale, Spitfire although it seems the only reason that it could not be done was because no one had done it!! This was all the incentive Mike needed, so in his garage at home he set about making the impossible.

Even with over 30 years of hands on experience building and maintaining aircraft it still took over seven years to develop the innovative procedures and manufacturing techniques required to make the first all metal replica Spifire. His hard work and determination eventually paid off in when in November 1994 the first all metal metal replica Spitfire in the world took to the skies over Queensland. It has since flown to airshows and ‘fly-ins’ around Australia and thanks to Mike’s efforts it now means that homebuilders world wide can now buy a Spitfire kit that is fast and easy to build. With 700 hours of construction work already completed the kit is shipped to customers factory jigged and with all major components formed.

The Mk26 and Mk26b are now well proven designs with all aluminium components pre-drilled and precision cut using a computer cotrolled CNC router cutter. This keeps parts standards consistent and accurate, a far cry from the original Spitfires construction methods. The main structural sections of the aircraft are pre-built in factory jigs thus ensuring the highest possible accuracy of these critical components. The method of construction is aimed at the average person who is good with their hands.

For further information contact us, via our website ,at our factory in Brisbane Queensland. If you are in our area and would like to visit please phone us on +61 7 3202 9619