Spitfires are the stars of airshow

PUBLISHED: 12:14 07 September 2006 | UPDATED: 14:49 12 May 2010

A RECORD number of Spitfires took part in a Duxford airshow to mark the 70th anniversary of the production of the aircraft. The show at the Imperial War Museum saw 17 Spitfires on display, including a two-seater ML407 and Cfire Royal Navy Spitfire. More t

A RECORD number of Spitfires took part in a Duxford airshow to mark the 70th anniversary of the production of the aircraft.

The show at the Imperial War Museum saw 17 Spitfires on display, including a two-seater ML407 and Cfire Royal Navy Spitfire.

More than 60 Second World War RAF veterans shared their memories and experiences with people.

The veterans included Polish pilot Frank Kornicki, 90, and husband-and-wife Sid Denny, 84, and Eileen, 83, who met 60 years ago while working on Spitfires.

Tracey Woods, museum marketing and PR manager, said many of the veterans had been involved with the Spitfire "from its inception, design, development, and career".

The first Spitfire entered service with 19 Squadron at Duxford in August 1938, with the last departing in March 1943.

Museum spokesman Christian Pratt said: "As a result there is a special connection with the Spitfire and we have got the largest number of flying Spitfires in the country still based here.

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