Hanger 2 Duxford.

Fuji 1000Fs on tripod

Taken at a Duxford day out with fellow Redbubblers Mike and Andy


Spitfire Vb BM597 Registration G-MKVB JH-C Initially delivered in April 1942 to 37 MU, BM597 served with 315 and 317 Squadrons, and was eventually retired to act as Gate Guardian at RAF Church Fenton. She was used as the master to make the moulds for the many Spitfire replicas used in the film The Battle of Britain. After being purchased in 1988, she is now owned by the Historic Aircraft Collection, and based at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, UK.

The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries throughout the Second World War. The Spitfire continued to be used into the 1950s both as a front line fighter and in secondary roles. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only Allied fighter in production throughout the war.

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works (since 1928 a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrongs). He continued to refine the design until his death from cancer in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith became chief designer.The Spitfire’s elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than the Hawker Hurricane and several contemporary fighters. Speed was seen as essential to carry out the mission of home defence against enemy bombers.

During the Battle of Britain there was a public perception that the Spitfire was the RAF fighter of the battle; in fact the more numerous Hurricane actually shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against the Luftwaffe.

After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire became the backbone of RAF Fighter Command and saw action in the European Theatre, Pacific Theatre and the South-East Asian theatre. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire saw service in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber, carrier-based fighter, and trainer. It was built in many different variants, using several wing configurations. Although the original airframe was designed to be powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine producing 1,030hp (768 kW), it was adaptable enough to use increasingly more powerful Merlin and the later Rolls-Royce Griffon engines; the latter was eventually able to produce 2,035 hp (1,520 kW).

JHC at Shoreham Airshow


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  • Bruce  Dickson
    Bruce Dicksonabout 4 years ago

    Like the rear view mirror … handy for use when changing lanes no doubt ..

  • Cheers Bruce, need a gunsight for driving too !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Aggpup
    Aggpupabout 4 years ago

    Nice pov, coming from Mitchell’s old school I have to love Spits

  • Thanks David, spits in a hanger – Heaven !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Woodie
    Woodieabout 4 years ago

    Into faves
    Interesting PoV.
    Cheers Neil
    Re rear view mirrors.
    I was reading today that PR spits had mirrors to see if they were producing contrails when flying high so as not to give their position away.

  • Thanks neil, don`t usually see this angle !!

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Akkra
    Akkraabout 4 years ago

    Cool pov! I remember the first time I saw inside the cockpit of one of these beasties as a kid. I think I was expecting some kind of space age set up like Star Trek, so I was a bit baffled to find it was all clunky bits and switches. I remember thinking that it looked like something my grandad worked on :D

  • Amazing how all thrown together !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • georgieboy98
    georgieboy98about 4 years ago
    Ah the Spitfire – my all time favourite aeroplane. This particular version – the Vb – was easily recognised by it’s clipped wings which were reckoned to make it more manoeverable. It was also one of the first Spitfires to be fitted with cannons, which were not generally popular with pilots initially because they had a nasty habit of jamming just when they were most needed. When this problem was solved they became VERY lethal weapons.
  • Thanks Pater, I will see it flying at Shoreham again this year !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • John Schneider
    John Schneiderabout 4 years ago

    Way cool shot, you done good! – John

  • Thanks John, hanger 2 was a great place !

    – Colin J Williams Photography

  • Edward Denyer
    Edward Denyeralmost 4 years ago

    Nicely taken Colin. – Ted

  • BaZZuKa
    BaZZuKaalmost 4 years ago

    Great … :))

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