Spitfire Mark IXItem Number: 552
Supermarine Spitfire airplane model. Without doubt the best-known British aircraft of World War II, the Spitfire prototype flew for the first time on March 5, 1936. Comparatively little flight testing was needed to confirm this airplane as a winner, due to its superb handling qualities and performance. Deliveries of the airplane began in July 1938. On October 16, 1939, a Spitfire claimed the first German aircraft to be destroyed over the UK. By 1942 Supermarine Spitfires were operational in the Middle East, and by early 1943 the first Spitfires were arriving in the Pacific Theater. There was a total of 20,334 Spitfires built.
Mahogany Wood. Scale: 1/24. Wingspan 18 1/2 inches, Length 15 1/2 inches.