Spitfire Mk.Ia
SKU KTR32001
Nation: United Kingdom
Period: WWII
Scale: 1/32
Type: Aircraft
Category Kit

1/32 Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia (Mid)The Supermarine Spitfire was a single-seat, single-engine, low-wing fighter aircraft produced by the British firm Supermarine Aviation Works in the 1930s and 1940s. Employed in Europe, North Africa, Australia and Asia, it became one of the iconic planes of World War II mainly because of its effective and decisive contribution to the victorious British resistance to German aggression during the Battle of Britain and the conflict years.In the Battle of Britain, it shared with the Hawker Hurricane the difficult task of defending territory from Luftwaffe attacks. Employed by the airforces of numerous Allied countries - such as the Soviet Union, Australia and the United States of America - it was the only Allied fighter produced for the duration of the war.Made in some 40 different versions, it is probably the aircraft with design and construction evolution superior to any other model, in the entire history of flight.Including the 2,556 Seafire, 20,351 examples were produced until 1947, when the last Mk.24 rolled off the assembly lines. After the war it was still employed for a long time by the air forces of France, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, India, Italy and Czechoslovakia.The RAF's last operational front-line mission was carried out on April 1, 1954 by a PR19 Spitfire reconnaissance aircraft of No. 81 RAF Squadron.[9] But the Spitfire continued to be used for three more years by Temperature and Humidity Flight, for meteorological measurements, until June 1957, when it was discharged.It was considered by British ace Johnnie Johnson "the best conventional defensive fighter of the war."

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