Borrowed Atoms.

By chancemedley

Angels One-Six.

The familiar shape of a Supermarine Spitfire LF.XVIe greets visitors to the newly-refurbished Military Hangar at the National Museum of Flight.

Descended from RJ Mitchell's war-winning design that began service in 1938 and displayed as if in an attacking dive, this particular airframe wasn't built until July 1945, a scant two months after the victory in Europe, and after final service at RAF Ouston as a gate guardian, was donated to the Royal Scottish Museum in 1971 and stored at RAF East Fortune, sowing the seed that eventually became the Museum of Flight.

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