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RAF Spitfire Images

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A pair of Second world war RAF Spitfires fly over Ayr, Scotland.

Battle of Britain memorial flight with two vintage spitfire aircraft flying together at the Scottish International Airshow is featured in this RAF Spitfire Image. 

The Spitfire was also commonly referred to as the Supermarine Spitfire. The Spitfire fighter aircraft was a strategically important British single-seat fighter of World War II.

The Spitfire became famous during the Battle of Britain. A 1,030 horsepower Merlin engine powered the aircraft, had a wingspan of 36 feet 10 inches (11.2 meters), was 29 feet 11 inches (9.1 meters) in length, and had a top speed of 360 miles (580 km) per hour. But the key feature of the RAF Spitfire image was its superior speed and maneuverability at high altitudes. The RAF Spitfire had a ceiling of 34,000 feet (10,400 meters).

The RAF Spitfires in this image have stressed-skin aluminum structures and a graceful elliptical wing with a thin airfoil.

Hurricane plane vs. Spitfire

RAF Spitfires' role in the Battle of Britain was to engage German fighters. The Hurricanes, however, were slower at concentrating on targeting the German bomber aircraft. As a result, the Hurrican fighter planes were credited with more "kills." But without the RAF Spitfire's superior performance against the formidable German Messerschmitt BF 109, one could argue that the Hurricane fighters planes' margin of success would have been reduced and that it's the Spitfires that provided the margin of victory.


Upon completing your order, you will receive an instantly downloadable HIGH Resolution - 300Dpi JPG or TIFF file.

Please be aware you are purchasing a digital download. You will not receive a physical photo, and nothing will be shipped. Any frames, mounting options, or presentation styles are shown for representation purposes only and are not included in this purchase.

Which is better, TIFF or JPG, for art prints?

One of the most frequently asked questions is what is the difference between JPG and TIFF? I have written an article discussing the difference. Click here for more information.


This image and artwork are © Dan Kosmayer. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED.  Printing and use of this image are regestricted to PERSONAL USE.  Any sale, distribution, or modification of this image without prior written authorization is prohibited.  Agency licensing is available, don't hesitate to contact me.

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