Supermarine Spitfire, 1940

Supermarine Spitfire, 1940

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Credit: NATIONAL PHYSICAL LABORATORY (C) CROWN COPYRIGHT/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Supermarine Spitfire. This model of the Supermarine Spitfire plane has been inverted and suspended inside a wind tunnel for aerodynamic testing. It has been fitted with experimental high-altitude wings that have extended wing tips designed to give a greater service ceiling (altitude above which a plane cannot climb faster than a given rate). The high-altitude wing was used extensively on later photo-reconnaissance versions of the Spitfire. Photographed at the National Physical Laboratory, Teddington, UK, in 1940.

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