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Spitfire Prelude

On the 5th March 1936, a duck egg blu colored Supermarine prototype serial K5054 made a brief flight at around 4.30pm. A legend was born. Subsequently named Spitfire, this new fighter aircraft became a household names thanks to the exploits of it and it's pilots. It is the only allied aircraft that was in production before, during and after the second world war. It's main opponent of the war shares a similar distinction as it was liecence built by many nations following the fall of the Third Reich. Today around 50 examples are operational and the number is continuing to increase.

As a prelude to number of events to held throughout the year, the Imperial War Museum at Duxford hosted a display by the only female Spitfire display pilot Carolyn Grace in her two seat Mk.IX ML407 on the 5th March 2006 - the 70th Anniversary of K5054's first flight. This is a very historic airframe as it shot down the first enemy aircraft during the D-Day landings and shared the second with another, which is now operated by the Royal Netherlands Air Force Historic Flight. Duxford Airfield is itself an important part of the Spitfire story being the first airfield to operate the type with No 19 Squadron as well as being a front line RAF fighter statio during the Battle of Britain. Below is a small gallery of photographs from the day's events. All Photography copyright Paul Johnson/Flightline UK.

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