Supermarine Spitfire Mk I – K9789, 19 RAF, Sqn Ldr Henry Cozens, RAF Duxford, England, August 1938
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA39202: Supermarine Spitfire Mk I K9789 of 19 RAF, as flown by Sqn Ldr Henry Cozens, RAF Duxford, England, August 1938. To dater this is the only Corgi Spitfire with a 2 blade wooden propeller. Limited Edition of 1,500 Pieces
Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
19 Squadron was the first to receive Spitfires which replaced their open cockpit, fixed undercarriage Gauntlets biplanes. For pilots, the Spitfire was a huge step forward in technology. K9789 was the first and was flown by Squadron Leader Cozens on 11th August 1938. At this time there were no training units or even manuals and pilots were provided with only basic instructions before making their first flights. Orders were received to use K9789 for intensive trials and over 400 hours were flown by squadron pilots in a very short space of time and the findings reported. Various propeller types were used and it was found that the constant speed propeller was the best. As a result, all operational Spitfires were fitted with them before the start of the War. A bulged canopy was also recommended and adopted on future production aircraft along with other suggestions. K9789 survived the war but was scrapped in 1945.
Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force’s major actions.