EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wis. -- (June 24, 2004) -- One of World War II’s most famous fighter planes will be featured on Saturday, June 26, as the EAA AirVenture Museum, in Oshkosh, will host “Spitfire Day” from 1-4 p.m. that day, in honor of the new “Spitfire: Flying Legend” exhibit.
“Spitfire Day” activities will open with a screening of “England’s most inspirational World War II film,” The First of the Few, at 1 p.m. in the Vette Theater. At 3 p.m. EAA Museum Director and British native, Adam Smith, will speak on the Spitfire and share insights about how it became a true historic icon for all British people. Concluding the day’s activities will be an “up close and personal” walk-around tour of the newly displayed MK. IX Spitfire.
In addition, the pride and beauty of this aircraft has been captured by photographer, Jim Dibbs, and displayed in the new “Spitfire: Flying Legend” exhibit at EAA’s AirVenture Museum.
The Spitfire was first flown on March 5, 1936 through the dedication of designer and innovator, Reginald J. Mitchell. More than 20,300 Spitfires were created over 18 years of active service, as Britain’s most famous WWII fighter became an historical icon of Britain’s elegance, resilience, strength and finesse throughout its darkest days.
The EAA AirVenture Museum is located just off Highway 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The Museum is open Monday through Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round and family memberships are available. For more information, call the EAA AirVenture Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit www.airventuremuseum.org.