80 years ago, on March 6 1936, the Spitfire made its first flight from Eastleigh airfield at Southampton. This beautiful aeroplane became one of the most famous aircraft ever built: during World War II over 22,700 were built, and it was the only fighter in production throughout the war. 250 examples of the blue-painted Photo Reconnaissance Spitfire were assembled not far from Maidenhead, at a grass airfield east of Henley called Upper Culham Farm.
What was it like to fly? Diaries and filmed interviews with ATA veterans in our collection at Maidenhead Heritage Centre contain frequent comments such as “Sweet as a nut” and “the sweetest airplane ever built”. Our popular Spitfire simulator lets you come and try flying this iconic machine – just phone 01628 780555 to book your flight. COME FLY WITH US!