Perhaps the most famous fighter aeroplane ever produced, the Supermarine Spitfire played a vital role during the Second World War. First gaining widespread recognition during the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire evolved into a very fast and successful weapon. Duke Marketing’s documentary Supermarine Spitfire: The Pilot’s View, first recorded in 1999, presents viewers with unique content and stunning aerial footage of a variety of Spitfire marks or versions.
Those who view the video are treated to interviews conducted with WW2 operational and test pilots in addition to aviators who contemporaneously fly the revered birds. Notables include Chief Test Pilot Alex Henshaw, Peter Brothers, Donald Healey, Squadron Leader Paul Day (who was at the time of filming posted to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight), and Toni Bianchi who flies legendary Royal Air Force ace Squadron Leader James Harry “Ginger” Lacey’s former Spitfire for the cameras.
Marks of Spitfires featured in the film include the Mark Ia, Vb, XIV, XVI and XIX. In-cockpit views are prominent, as are evaluations of the individual marks of the remarkable flying machines.
Supermarine Spitfire: The Pilot’s View is highly recommended to military historians and all aviation aficionados. The running time is 61 minutes, and the product’s Region Code is 0 (All Regions).