It is universally acknowledged that over the years the Spitfire had become RAF’s maid of all work, but some of its uses still come as a surprise.
This Spitfire was used to generate airflow whilst testing the early jet engines constructed by Frank Whittle and his company Power Jets Ltd. The picture has been possibly taken at Bruntingthorpe during 1943-1944. The Spitfire is a well-worn Mk. IX sans its cannon armament, with registration code possibly in the NH range.
[Paul Sibson coll.]