This collection presents four wartime films featuring the Supermarine Spitfire, undoubtedly the best-known fighter aircraft of the Second World War. Together, they offer a detailed, close look at the aircraft as it was operated by the Royal Air Force through the years.
THE DAILY INSPECTION OF A SPITFIRE These extraordinary films essentially provide a technical walkround of the Spitfire MkI, covering every conceivable aspect of the aircraft from the interior of the cockpit to the engine and guns. RE-ARMING Made in 1940, this short film shows the rapid re-fuelling and re-arming of a flight of Spitfires - essential given the number of combat sorties being flown. SPITFIRES Made in 1944, this aircraft recognition film is packed with great footage of the fighter, and concentrates on the Mark I, V, XIV and XXI, as well as covering the Naval variant the Seafire. FIGHTER PILOT Written by Air Marshal Sir Philip Joubert in 1940, this short film perfectly captures the life of a Spitfire pilot at the height of the Battle of Britain.