Spitfires the star on 70th anniversary

PUBLISHED: 12:08 17 August 2006 | UPDATED: 14:47 12 May 2010

THE Imperial War Museum at Duxford celebrated the 70th anniversary of the legendary Spitfire with a host of guest speakers and an all-action air display. Speakers included Harry Griffiths, one of the last surviving members of the Supermarine design depart

THE Imperial War Museum at Duxford celebrated the 70th anniversary of the legendary Spitfire with a host of guest speakers and an all-action air display.

Speakers included Harry Griffiths, one of the last surviving members of the Supermarine design department in Southampton, where the Spitfire was created.

Mr Griffiths worked on the various Spitfire aircrafts and helped design the prototype, Spitfire K5054, during the 1930s.

An air display took place with a Mk16 Spitfire and a Mk19 Spitfire, from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, taking part.

There was also a display of more than 40 Triumph Spitfire cars.

Duxford's marketing and PR manager Tracey Woods said: "Spitfire Day was for enthusiasts and for those who want to learn more about this aircraft which helped shape the world in which we live today."

Duxford will always hold a special affinity with the aircraft as it was here that the Spitfire first entered RAF service in 1938.

To commemorate Duxford's role the museum will be holding a series of events through the year.

- For more details on the Spitfire 70th anniversary call 01223 835000 or visit the website at www.iwm.org.uk/duxford

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