Le Spitfire de reconnaissance: le plus élégant

Posted on 02/10/2015 by


Source: Chris Lord

This photo was made with a 50 mp full frame Canon EOS 5DSR on “Battle of Britain Day” during a recent trip to the UK. Further work was accomplished in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop

Of all the roles undertaken by the Supermarine Spitfire, one task in which it excelled was photographic reconnaissance (‘photo-recce’ or ‘PR’). The final variant of the Spitfire family to be built specifically as a specialist photo-recce aircraft, optimised for flight at high speed and high altitude, was the Spitfire PR Mk XIX. Of the total of 20,341 Spitfires produced only 225 were built as PR XIXs and some might argue that these are the most elegant-looking of all Spitfires. Today, there are only four examples of this ultimate Spitfire in the world in airworthy condition.