View Full Version : Spitfire ???

09-25-2008, 06:43 PM
Name origin

The Air Ministry submitted a list of possible names to Vickers-Armstrongs for the new aircraft, now known as the Type 300. One of these was the improbable Shrew. The name Spitfire was suggested by Sir Robert MacLean, director of Vickers-Armstrongs at the time, who called his daughter Ann "a little spitfire."

The word dates from Elizabethan times and refers to a particularly fiery, ferocious type of person.[18] The name had previously been used unofficially for Mitchell's earlier F.7/30 Type 224 design. Mitchell is reported to have said that it was "just the sort of bloody silly name they would choose",[19] possibly an oblique reference to the Type 224.

Had this (http://www.realtech.co.za/realwiki.php?title=Supermarine_Spitfire) bookmarked for sometime.. !!

09-26-2008, 05:53 PM
Funny that the 'bloody silly name' has become almost a legend too, being the best known WW2 aircraft definitely in Britain and COmmonwealth and probably the world?