The 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire
By Jack Martin
July 27, 2011
As much as Goodwood might hold special significance for automotive enthusiasts, the estate also has strong ties with the world of aviation. During WWII it was an active fighter airbase (aka RAF Westhampnett), and there are many other aspects which make it a particularly appropriate venue at which to celebrate the 75th anniversary of most famous British aircraft of all-time - the Supermarine Spitfire.
The September 16-18 Revival weekend will culminate in a special moment with a dozen examples being scrambled for take-off.
During the War, Goodwood carpenters helped to make the Spitfire's wooden propellers, using trees felled in the estate's forests. The grandfather of the Goodwood Revival's founder Lord March - Freddie March, the 9th Duke of Richmond - was a keen aviator and aircraft engineer, as well as an established driver and had a company which manufactured high-density wood laminate propellers.