Spitfire crashes at Battle of Britain event in Lincolnshire

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An aircraft has crashed into a field in Coningsby, Lincolnshire. Police and emergency services rushed to the scene at just before 1.20pm on Saturday.

It is believed to be a single occupant aircraft and nobody else is thought to have been involved, Lincolnshire Police said. Road closures are in place in the areas of Dogdyke Road and Sandy Bank, with motorists urged to avoid the area.

The plane is reported to have been taking part in a Battle of Britain memorial event. The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II.

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It was renowned for its role in the Battle of Britain and for its distinctive elliptical wings, which provided an excellent combination of speed, maneuverability, and firepower, reports Nottinghamshire Live.

Approximately 20,351 Spitfires were built between 1938 and 1948. The Spitfire had numerous variants, with differences in armament, engine types, and roles (e.g. reconnaissance, fighter-bomber).

Some notable variants include the Mk I, Mk V, Mk IX, and Mk XIV.

As of the latest estimates, there are around 60 Spitfires still airworthy around the world. These aircraft are often seen at airshows and are preserved by museums and private collectors.

In addition to the airworthy Spitfires, many more are preserved in museums and private collections as static displays, with the total number of surviving Spitfires (airworthy and non-airworthy) being around 240.