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In pictures: Spitfire re-enactment

Spitfires over Southampton airport

A formation of five Spitfires flies over Southampton Airport, Hampshire, marking the 70th anniversary of the aircraft's first test flight.

A Spitfire takes off at Southampton Airport

Looking out from the rear seat of one Spitfire was 93-year-old Alex Henshaw.

Alex Henshaw in front of a Spitfire

Mr Henshaw was a Spitfire test pilot in World War II, after flying the plane for the first time in November 1939.

Spitfires in formation over Southampton Airport

The re-enactment of the Spitfire's maiden flight was enjoyed by thousands of spectators.

Spitfires parked at Southampton Airport

More than 20,000 Spitfires were built at the Supermarine factory in Woolston, Southampton.

Spitfire maiden flight re-enacted
05 Mar 06 |  Hampshire


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