Selected dates

IWM Duxford

£10

Excludes admission to IWM Duxford

Get even closer to the largest collection of Spitfires under one roof, at the historic airfield that keeps making history.

On selected dates in January and February, join an IWM expert for an exciting opportunity to go behind the ropes of our Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon exhibition and take a closer look at these magnificent aircraft.

Characterised by its graceful curves, elliptical wings and the sound of its powerful Rolls Royce engine, the Spitfire has remained a British icon since its heroic efforts in the Battle of Britain in 1940.

Observe in intricate detail how the Spitfire’s design evolved throughout the course of its service, as it underwent continual refinement to keep pace with German aircraft development.

Plus, enjoy a 60-minute talk exploring the history of the Spitfire and the unique stories behind each of the twelve aircraft on display.   

Spitfire floodlit against a dark backdrop artwork
© IWM

Spitfire: Evolution of an Icon will celebrate how this aircraft captured the hearts of the home front and became synonymous with the hope and protection of the British Isles.

In a world first, twelve airworthy Spitfires of varying marks have been brought together under one roof, for a limited time only.

IWM Duxford’s historic airfield was the base of the first RAF fighter squadron to receive the Spitfire in 1938. This historic exhibition brings these iconic aircraft “home” this winter for your enjoyment. 

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An archive image of a Spitfire in flight
© IWM CH 5291
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A spitfire photographed at night with red-pink lighting underneath
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Photograph of Spitfire N3200, an airworthy combat veteran Spitfire in the Battle of Britain hangar at IWM Duxford
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In the Cockpit: Spitfire N3200

IWM Duxford
Selected dates

IWM Shop

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Spitfire Blueprint Pilot Watch

Designed by IWM, this Spitfire pilot watch has been created in partnership with Limit, and comes with a black analogue dial, scratch resistant mineral glass, silver bezel, black strap and exclusive spitfire blueprint design.

Inspired by the design of military aircraft cockpits.

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Spitfire Travel Mug

This simple reusable cup comes in deep blue with a white spitfire blueprint design and screw top lid.

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Spitfire Classic Scarf

The Classic Spitfire scarf features a double sided design in contrasting navy and muted green. Super soft to the touch with a subtle fringe trim, this scarf is perfect for colder days.

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Spitfire Blueprint Baseball Cap

A navy cotton cap featuring an embroidered circular blueprint of Spitfire Mk XIV. Its short touch strap ensures one size will fit all.