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Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX

Supermarine Spitfire Mark IX | © Thinktank Trust | Come and see it in the Move It gallery at Thinktank

Even before the outbreak of the war aircraft makers could not produce all the planes the RAF needed. The government turned to the nation’s motorcar industry for help. Massive new ‘Shadow Factories’ were built alongside those of the six biggest carmakers. Government money paid for them to be built, equipped and managed. Castle Bromwich in Birmingham was the largest of these factories. Half of all the Supermarine Spitfires ever made were built there including this one. A staggering 11,000!  MORE

Why did the RAF need so many planes?
A German Zeppelin airship over Hollywood Farm near King's Heath during World War One.
Sentinel: the Spitfire Sculpture by Tim Tolkein, Spitfire Island , Castle Bromwich, Birmingham

What is made at Castle Bromwich today?

Who designed the Spitfire?
R.J. Mitchell with in the drawing office at Supermarine

Visit the Potteries Museum and Art Gallery to find out more about the Spitfire and its designer.
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