Vickers Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe See the heroic short-range, high-performance Spitfire from the Second World War at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. An all time great! The Supermarine Spitfire is recognised as one of the greatest military aircraft of all time. First flying in 1936, the RAF's first all-metal fighter are legendary, its exploits over the Firth of Forth to operations over the Middle East. Above: Spitfire TE462 on display in Hangar 1, National Museum of Flight. Spitfire at East Fortune This example is derived from the externally similar LF.IXe, the principal difference being the installation in the Mark XVI of an American Packard built Merlin engine. Features not in common with the more familiar Spitfire versions are the blown 'bubble' canopy and clipped wingtips, enabling the aircraft to roll much more quickly. Above: Spitfire TE462 at former base, RAF Ouston. TE462 never saw squadron service, being built in 1945. It was used at No 101 Flight Refresher School for pilot training. TE462 spent time as a gate guard at RAF Ouston, Northumberland before becoming the first aeroplane at the National Museum of Flight. Above: Rear view of Spitfire at National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. Related pages Airshow Fortunes of War Fantastic Flight! History of East Fortune Aircraft collection Spitfire fact file Crew: 1 Max speed: 605 km/h Length: 9.12m Wingspan: 11.23m Height: 3.86m On display: Hangar 1, National Museum of Flight, East Fortune. View of Spitfire nose.