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In 1930 the Air Ministry in Great Britain asked for a day and night fighter to replace existing outdated fighters that were in service with the RAF. The basic requirements were: low landing speed, short landing run, a maximum speed of 250mph, a steep initial climb rate for interception, high manoeuvrability and good all round viewing for the pilot.
RJ Mitchell was given the opportunity to start creating the fighter he had in mind for some considerable time.
The Supermarine Type 224 was born in February 1934 ready for its first flight. Drawing on his experience with the Schneider Trophy winning S6B seaplane, Mitchell's design was for a narrow, streamlined fuselage monoplane with open cockpit and to be powered by a 600hp Roll-Royce Goshawk II engine. The aircraft was unofficially christened Spitfire by Sir Robert McLean.
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