Sunday, February 19, 2012

Monday, February 19, 1934

Went to school and had swimming. Mother washed. Got some mush from Ruth Ray. I can swim!

Supermarine Type 224
The sole prototype K2890
Eastleigh, 1934

On February 19, 1934 at Eastleigh (UK), the Supermarine Type 224 flew. Built to Air
Ministry specification F.7/30, this was the first aircraft to carry the name Spitfire.

Type 224 was a gull-winged monoplane with fixed landing gear and open cockpit powered by
a 600 hp Rolls-Royce Goshawk II engine with an innovative evaporative cooling system. The
armament comprised four .303″ machine guns, two in the wheel spats and two in the cowling.
The first “Spitfire” was a failure. Despite its monoplane design it could only muster 367 km/h
(228 mph) speed, and the evaporative cooling system proved a dead-end. The Air Ministry
 contract went to the Gladiator from the Gloster Aircraft Company, which was to become the
RAF’s last biplane fighter.

Lessons gained through the development of Type 224 eventually lead to the Type 300 Spitfire.

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