Two views of a Spitfire you never thought you'd see

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John Miles
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Two views of a Spitfire you never thought you'd see

Yesterday saw us travel to the Science museum in London. My love of the Spitfire was satisfied with a close up and personal view of the MKI hanging from the ceiling, plus a cut away of the Rolls Royce Merlin engine. Well it interests me a whole tonne, so time to share:

Both the aircraft and the engine are utterly famous, but for many the engine in not so obvious a way. Enough said about the Spitfire; even the small slice above is exquisite it its detail and beauty. But to place the Merlin engine photo here is perhaps an enigma to many. Well the Merlin engine, the powerhouse for the Spitfire, is a marvel in its own right. It's performance was so valuable its production was reserved for prime aircraft. Many aircraft designers were denied the limited supply and had to work with other engines. This engine powers some of the most beautiful aircraft seen at airshows today. The Hurricane, Spitfire, Kittyhawk and Mustang; the Lancaster and the Mosquito, all owe their performance to this engine.

And, at last, The Merlin engine has been given the recognition it deserves. The main gallery of the Science Museum in London now has another Merlin engine set centre stage. What started out as a 1000hp machine at the start of its life became a 2000hp one by the start of the jet age. Its contribution to aviation history is so critical that, at last, it sits in the same halls as Stevenson's Rocket and an Apollo Command Module.

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