Designed by Reginald Mitchell, the prototype Spitfire flew in March 1936 and reached a speed of 350 m.
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Background: Designed by Reginald Mitchell, the prototype Spitfire flew in March 1936 and reached a speed of 350 m.p.h. One of the most famous fighters ever built, it first entered service with No 19 Squadron at RAF Duxford in 1938, and later flew in all operational theatres during the War. By the time of the Battle of Britain, the Rolls Royce engined aircraft was in service with 19 RAF Squadrons. Total production was over 20,000 aircraft, in addition to the Royal Naval version called the Seafire. The last RAF Spitfire, the Mark 21, had a top speed of over 450 m.p.h.