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Stunning, pin-sharp images of the final 55 airworthy Spitfires

Hero: Mk IX Spitfire MH434 (right) - one of the most famous planes still capable of taking to the skies

Dover. Supermarine Spitfire Mk V over the White Cliffs. In tribute to the courage of 'The Few' who fought over the skies of Kent in the Battle of Britain

The last of the few...New book captures the last Spitfires in stunning air to air action. Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left.

The last of the few...New book captures the last Spitfires in stunning air to air action. Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left.

20 WW2 British Spitfires Discovered in Burma

While not a GIjOE article per se, this story is guaranteed to warm the hearts of all… The Spitfire is considered by most aviation and military experts to be one of the most perfect airplanes …

The flatpack fighter: Build a Spitfire for a mere £130,000

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk V flies over the White Cliffs of Dover, in tribute to the courage of 'The Few' who fought over the skies of Kent in the Battle of Britain

Stunning, pin-sharp images of the final 55 airworthy Spitfires

Phoenix: Spitfire N3200 (pictured), the oldest Spitfire still flying, was fully restored after being shot down over Dunkirk in May 1940 and reappearing from the sands in 1986