Supermarine Spitfire Sound Recordings

The Supermarine Spitfire was a Rolls-Royce powered fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries through the Second World War an later.

Supermarine Spitfire MkVc AR501The Spitfire was designed by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine. Its elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than the Hawker Hurricane and many other contemporary designs.

The Supermarine Spitfire achieved legendary status during the Battle of Britain. There was, and still is, a public perception that it was the RAF fighter of the battle, although the more numerous Hawker Hurricane actually shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against the Luftwaffe.

After the Battle of Britain, the Supermarine Spitfire became the backbone of RAF Fighter Command and saw action in the European Theatre, Pacific Theatre and the South-East Asian theatre. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire saw service in several roles and was built in many different variants.

The Spitfire is famous for its use of Rolls-Royce Merlin and Griffon engines. Supermarine Spitfires continue to be restored and operated in increasing numbers. Sound recordings of these aircraft are some of the most exciting.

Recordings

Supermarine Spitfire MKIIa, P7350, Sound Recording

This is a recording of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight MK2a Rolls-Royce Merlin engined Spitfire P7350. P7350 is the oldest airworthy Spitfire and is the only the only flying Spitfire that flew during the Battle of Britain. P7350 was manufactured at Castle Bromwich and entered service in August 1940 serving with 266 squadron fields at Wittering and Hornchurch.

This aircraft was recorded during May 2008 at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden, Bedfordshire, UK, where it flew a brief display without the rest of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight.

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Supermarine Spitfire MkVc, AR501

The Shuttleworth Collection's MKV Rolls-Royce Merlin powered Supermarine Spitfire, AR501. Recorded August 2006. I think this was one of the last displays of AR501 at Old Warden before going into the Collection's workshop (for what looks like) a complete rebuild. It's probably never going to sound the same again!

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Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk IX Sound Recording

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Supermarine Spitfire MKIIa, P7350, Sound Recording 2, May 2008

This is a second recording of the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight MKII Rolls-Royce Merlin engined Spitfire P7350, May 2008 at The Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden.

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Supermarine Spitfire MK XI, August 2009

Supermarine Spitfire MK XI serial number PL 965 left the Aldermaston factory in mid 1944. Built as a MK XI photo reconnaissance aircraft, she was designed to operate at high altitudes (over 30,000 ft) and at high speeds of over 400 mph and as such was the fastest of all the Merlin powered Spitfires. She was allocated to No.9 MU Cosford on 1st October 1944 and then ferried to No 34 wing and thence allocated to16 Squadron, which at the time, was a forward squadron, based at Melsbroek airfield, near Brussels in Belgium as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. She proudly wore the identifying code "R" for Robert. - http://www.hangar11.co.uk/spitfire.phpSupermarine Spitfire MK XI PL965/R G-MKXI recorded August 2009.

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Supermarine Spitfire MK XVI, August 2008

Supermarine Spitfire MKXVI flying at Little Gransden, August 2008.

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Supermarine Spitfire MKXI PL965, Starting up

MKX1 Spitfire PL965 (G-MKXI), Starting up prior to taxi and the start of a display. Recorded August 2008 at the Shuttleworth Collection, Old Warden. This Spitfire is operated by Hanger 11 from North Weald.

Supermarine Spitfire MK XI serial number PL 965 left the Aldermaston factory in mid 1944. Built as a MK XI photo reconnaissance aircraft, she was designed to operate at high altitudes (over 30,000 ft) and at high speeds of over 400 mph and as such was the fastest of all the Rolls-Royce Merlin powered Spitfires. She was allocated to No.9 MU Cosford on 1st October 1944 and then ferried to No 34 wing and thence allocated to16 Squadron, which at the time, was a forward squadron, based at Melsbroek airfield, near Brussels in Belgium as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force. She proudly wore the identifying code "R" for Robert. - http://www.hangar11.co.uk/spitfire.php

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Supermarine Spitfire Flypast, RAF Hendon, 12 September 2010

The sound of a single Spitfire from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight giving a short display at RAF Hendon to mark 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. The sound was recorded in a busy crowd but for once, this was the only distraction.

Not sure what mark this was although it sounds like a Griffon. The BBMF operates 2 Mk XIX Spits, so this is either Spitfire PS915 (Mk PRXIX) or Spitfire PM631 (Mk PRXIX). I'd appreciate any further info anyone has.

 

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Supermarine Spitfire MK XI serial number PL 965, July 2011

Supermarine Spitfire MK XI serial number PL 965, recorded July 2011, Old Warden

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