Old 5th Mar 2016, 06:47
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Eighty years ago today the Spitfire prototype made its first flight...

On the evening of March 5 1936, Captain Joseph ‘Mutt’ Summers - chief test pilot at Supermarine’s parent company Vickers-Armstrongs - took off in the Type 300 K5054 prototype for an eight minute flight from Eastleigh airfield in Hampshire.
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