The Spitfire: Rolls Royce Merlin II Engine
With its elliptical wings and sleek, streamlined fuselage, the Spitfire is one of the most recognisable aircraft ever built but whilst we know it for its iconic look every aspect of its design was informed by science. The Spitfire was designed by RJ Mitchell whose aim was to achieve the maximum speed possible, and it was through the combination of aerodynamics along with the power of the Merlin engine where Mitchell’s ambition for the Spitfire was achieved.
The Rolls-Royce Merlin engine was put into distribution in 1936.
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DESIGNER: RJ Mitchell
PRODUCTION: 1933 -1950