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History of the Spitfire Aircraft

January 28, 2021 - Ontario Hockey League (OHL) - Windsor Spitfires News Release

The Spitfire was a thoroughbred design whose lineage can be traced back through Mitchell's S-series racing floatplanes of the late 1920's that competed in the Schneider Cup seaplane contests after the first world war.

These popular seaplane races were equivalent to modern-day Formula 1 car races, and attracted aviation's elite designers and pilots. Seaplane racing spurred phenomenal advances in aerodynamics and engine development between the two world wars.

It's where our iconic logo came from. The name Spitfires was chosen to honour the 417 Combat Support Squadron,  nicknamed "City of Windsor" established during World War II in England (today based at CFB Cold Lake in Alberta), and which used the Submarine Spitfire fighter aircraft. Our hard working team of researchers has come across this awesome video on the History of the Aircraft! We hope you enjoy this important piece of Spitfire History and salute Veterans everywhere!

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