Engineers at Leisure: Restoring the Spitfire – World War II fighter plane



The graceful lines of aeronautical engineer Reginald Mitchell’s masterpiece were once a regular sight in southern African skies after World War II. During the conflict itself, ten South African Air Force (SAAF) squadrons had been equipped with the unmistakable elliptical winged fighter, largely in the Middle-East and Italy. However, following the crash of the last two airworthy African examples in 2000 and 2002 respectively, air show crowds have been robbed of the experience of seeing these all-time classics in action.

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