Among the more unusual products influenced by Spitfire’s lasting popularity is this, the McLaren Spitfire baby buggy. It was launched in 2008 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the Spitfire first going into service.
Owen Maclaren, the founder of McLaren company, was the inventor of the lightweight baby buggy in 1965 but he also had a strong conneciton to aviation, as a test pilot and aeronautical engineer. Among his achievements was the design of the Supermarine Spitfire undercarriage.
Fittingly, the new McLaren product had its official premiere at RAF Duxford, where visiting families were provided with a free Spitfire buggy loan for the day. Information on the achievements of Owen Maclaren and his link to aviation were also a subject of a special exhibition at the museum.