Noel Pemberton-Billing set up Pemberton-Billing Ltd, in 1913 to produce sea-going aircraft, using Supermarine, Southampton as its telegraphic address. It produced a couple of prototypes using quadruplane designs to shoot down zeppelins; the Supermarine P.B.29 and the Supermarine Nighthawk. The aircraft were fitted with the recoilless Davis gun and the Nighthawk had a separate powerplant to power a searchlight. Pemberton-Billing sold the company to his factory manager and long time associate Hubert Scott-Paine, who renamed the company Supermarine Aviation Works Ltd. The company became famous for its successes in the Schneider Trophy for seaplanes, especially the three wins in a row of 1927, 1929 and 1931. In 1928 Vickers-Armstrongs took over Supermarine as Supermarine Aviation Works (Vickers) Ltd and in 1938 all Vickers-Armstrongs aviation interests were reorganised to become Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) Ltd, although Supermarine continued to design, build and trade under its own name. The phrase Vickers Supermarine was applied to the aircraft. Notable aircraft were the Spitfire, its naval version the Seafire and after WW2 the Royal Navy's first jet fighter, the Attacker. This was followed by the more advanced Swift which served in the fighter and photo-reconnaissance roles. The last of the Supermarine aircraft was the Scimitar. Vickers-Armstrongs (Aircraft) became a part of the British Aircraft Corporation and the individual manufacturing heritage names were lost.
The Shuttleworth Collection Spitfire MkV AR501/G-AWIJ taxies in after displaying at Old Warden after...
Supermarine Spitfire Mk1
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Spitfire Vb BM597
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The Glorious Spitfire!
A superb Spitfire going through its paces at the Dawlish Carnival Airday on 16th August 2007.