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The 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire

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July 27, 2011

The 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire

The 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire

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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.

The 75th anniversary of the Supermarine Spitfire

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.

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I went to the Spitfire's 50th anniversary air show at Duxford in 1988. How can it be the 75th anniversary in 2011???

milliard
29th August, 2011 @ 04:28 am PDT
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