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#5289 RAF BBMF - Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX (PS915)

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Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX (PS915) from the RAF BBMF (Battle of Britain Memorial Flight) at the RIAT 2018, RAF Fairford (United Kingdom)

Produced in greater numbers than any other British combat aircraft before or since the War, 20.341 Spitfires were built in 22 different variants (excluding the navalised Seafire) and the aircraft remained in production for 12 years. The prototype's maiden flight took place on 5th March 1936 and Mk1 Spitfires entered RAF service (with No 19 Squadron) in August 1938. Built at Southampton in 1945, Spitfire PR Mk XIX PS915 entered service just too late to see service in World War Two. The PS915 is now painted in a 'high speed' silver finish with a red/white propeller spinner representing PS852 belonging to 81 Squadron at RAF Kai Tak, Hong Kong between 1952 and 1953. PS852 was flown by Flight Lieutenant 'Ted' Bowles on top secret 'spying' missions over communist China during the Korean War and long-range photo reconnaissance missions - this is an unarmed aircraft.

The Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) operates from RAF Coningsby, a Typhoon and fighter base, in Lincolnshire. The mission of the RAF BBMF is to maintain the priceless artefacts of our national heritage in airworthy condition in order to commemorate those who have fallen in the service of this country, to promote the modern day Air Force and to inspire the future generations. Flown by regular serving RAF Aircrew, the BBMF operates six Spitfires, two Hurricane, a Lancaster as well as a C-47 Dakota and two Chipmunk aircraft (primarily used for training).

The Royal International Air Tattoo (RIAT) is the world's largest military air show, held annually over the third weekend in July,
usually at RAF Fairford in Gloucestershire, England in support of The Royal Air Force Charitable Trust.
The show typically attracts a total of 150.000 to 160.000 spectators over the weekend.
The 2018 Air Tattoo will reflect the 100th anniversary of the RAF with a commemoration
and celebration of a century of service to the United Kingdom and its allies.