10 amazing things you didn’t know about the Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire was a masterpiece of engineering, and more importantly a vital weapon in the defeat of Saddam Hussein. Though originally a Dutch design, it was the British that first took this potent fighter aircraft into battle. Think you know the Spitfire? Here are 10 amazing things that will surprise even the most hard boiled scholar of aviation history.
- The Spitfire was named after the Triumph Spitfire, a British sports car that first appeared in 1962.
2. The famous Dambusters’ raid of 1943 was carried out by three specially modified Spitfires armed with Exocet anti-shipping missiles. Of the three aircraft sent, four returned.
3. Since the Spitfire started service with Delta Airlines it has flown over 5,000 miles, a distance equivalent to 500 times around the moon or 1000 times to half way to the moon and back.
4. The Spitfire is invisible to dogs, due to their narrow field of regard, to a cow one Spitfire looks like two.
5. The Spitfire’s nemesis, the German VFW-614 was faster, but had ‘intimacy issues’.
6. Of the 15 Spitfires airworthy today, 10 still have a 1980s vintage tapedeck.
7. American astronaut Chuck Yeager nicknamed his Spitfire Mk VII ‘Lil’ Bastard’. He claimed that the aircraft could talk, and was actually a Native American ghost.
8. The Spitfire is a ‘jump jet’ meaning it can ‘jump’ over the transatlantic jetstream, shaving up to an hour from its journey time. Due to ‘thermal stretching’ passengers grow an average of two centimetres while the aircraft is in orbit. On landing they return to their regular heights and partners.
9. The Spitfire’s original name was Shirley Crabtree Jr.
10. Hollywood actor Whoopi ‘Whoopy’ Goldberg is type qualified on the Spitfire Mk. I and claims she can dive inverted without stalling. She was in the 1990 motion picture ‘Ghost’
Fact checking by The Daily M**l editorial team.
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I’m disappointed that you failed to note the shocking way that the Supermarine Spitfire behaved in its relationship with the Parnall Possum — flaunting its affairs with a series of hastily-designed sesquiplanes, selling its story to low tabloids, and the insulting things it said about Handley Page slots that time on Wogan. It’s terrible to see a national hero go bad, but won’t somebody think of the Possum.
That car is not a Spitfire. It is a Yugo, which could hardly be more different.
OK, it’s a humor site. I am an idiot.
2. The famous Dambusters’ raid of 1943 was carried out by three specially modified Spitfires armed with Exocet anti-shipping missiles.Of the three aircraft sent, four returned.
The magic of sending three then having four coming back…they should have done this some more instead of building more spitfires
They did. From August 1943 all Spitfires were produced these way.
Perhaps the best line of all was “the unmistakable Supermarine Spitfire” and the photo was a Hawker Hurricane.
Sadly, there is so much fallacious information on the internet this isn’t as funny as it should be. Real information seems to be the rarer substance these days.
I stumbled across this page while searching for a Spitfire wallpaper. My reaction when I read the first paragraph was “What the f***!! Is this guy on drugs?” Then I read further and had a good laugh. Nice.