30/07/08: The Air Museum Planes of Fame announces: Spitfire - September 6, 2008 - Chino, California
Chino, CA - Fabulous Spitfires will be the theme of the monthly special event hosted by Planes of Fame Air Museum at Chino Airport on Saturday, September 6, 2008. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a seminar describing what was certainly the most famous British fighter plane of all time and conclude with a flight demonstration by a Supermarine Spitfire currently on display at the museum. Conceived in the mid-1930s when biplanes were the order of the day, the Supermarine Spitfire boasted many innovations for the time, one of the most important of which was an eight-machine gun armament that provided four times the firepower available to most other fighter planes in service at that time. Described by many, especially the British, as the most beautiful fighter plane ever built, the Spitfire design was literally the last gasp of legendary designer Reginald J. Mitchell, who died of cancer shortly after the British Royal Air Force placed the first production orders for the airplane. Renowned for its exploits during the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire and its naval variant, the Seafire, remained in production until 1948, with a grand total of 22,890 having been manufactured.
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