The First of the Few

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Movie (1942)
Also known as: Spitfire

Leslie Howard (R.J. Mitchell)
David Niven (Geoffrey Crisp)
Rosamund John (Diana Mitchell)
Roland Culver (Commander Bride)

By the late 1920's aircraft designer R.J. Mitchell feels he has achieved all he wants with his revolutionary mono-planes winning trophy after trophy. But a holiday in Germany shortly after Hitler assumes power convinces him that it is vital to design a completely new type of fighter plane and that sooner or later Britain's very survival may depend on what he comes to call the Spitfire.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk.II

A Spitfire Mk II - most likely P8074 - was fited with a two blade propeller to represent the prototype K5054 but several other details are unrealistic (pipes, still landing gear doors, windscreen and canopy, ...).

TheFirstOfTheFew Spit-Mk1 1h34mn47.JPG
Testing the guns.

A number of other examples are shown.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk II of 501 Squadron.
TheFirstOfTheFew Spit 0h09mn10.JPG
TheFirstOfTheFew Spit 1h50mn25.JPG

Messerschmitt Bf 109D

TheFirstOfTheFew Bf109D 1h50mn05.JPG
TheFirstOfTheFew German 1h50mn08.JPG

Göppingen Gö-1

TheFirstOfTheFew Goppingen-Go1 1h05mn15.JPG

Heinkel He 111H

TheFirstOfTheFew He111 1h50mn27.JPG
TheFirstOfTheFew He111 1h50mn43.JPG
TheFirstOfTheFew He111 1h51mn30.JPG
Combat footage.

Supermarine Sea Lion III

TheFirstOfTheFew Sup-SeaLion 0h13mn04.JPG
TheFirstOfTheFew Supermarine SeaLion2 0h16mn32.JPG

Supermarine S.4

Model in balsa built by R.J. Mitchell.
Supermarine S.4 archive footage taken during its trials.
Supermarine S.4 archive footage taken during its trials.

Supermarine S.5

TheFirstOfTheFew Sup-S5 0h43mn09.JPG
A scale one model.

Supermarine S.6

Same aircraft in other movies at IMPDb: Frequently Seen Aircraft.

Archive footage (1929) of Supermarine S.6 N247.
Scale one model of Supermarine S.6

Curtiss R3C-2

TheFirstOfTheFew Curtiss-R3C-2 0h35mn26.JPG
TheFirstOfTheFew Curtiss-R3C-2 0h35mn28.JPG

Macchi M.52

"5", Macchi M.52 (MM81) of the 1927 race.

Macchi M.52 MM81.
Macchi M.52 MM81.

Unidentified Aircraft

Curtiss R3C-2 or Gloster IIIA ?

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