The Timeline for the Supermarine Spitfire interceptor-fighter  
  Thursday, March 26, 1931  
  Prototype K5054 of the Supermarine model 300 (later named Spitfire) made its maiden flight from Eastleigh Aerodrome. At the controls was Captain Joseph "Mutt" Summers, chief test pilot for Vickers (Aviation) Ltd., who was reported in the press as saying "Don't touch anything" on landing.  
   
  Wednesday, June 3, 1936  
  The Air Ministry placed an order for 310 Supermarine Spitfires, before any formal report had been issued by the Aeroplane & Armament Experimental Establishment. Interim reports were later issued on a piecemeal basis.  
   
  Saturday, June 27, 1936  
  The British public first saw the Supermarine Spitfire at the RAF Hendon air-display.  
   
  Thursday, March 24, 1938  
  Further orders were placed for 200 Supermarine Spitfires, the two orders after the management of Vickers-Armstrong and the Supermarine factory convinced the Air Ministry that the problems of fulfilling orders could be overcome. Vickers-Armstrong was reluctant to see the Spitfire being manufactured by outside concerns and was slow to release the necessary blueprints and subcomponents resulting in production delays.  
   
  Thursday, August 4, 1938  
  The Mk I Supermarine Spitfire entered service with No. 19 Squadron at RAF Duxford. The Spitfires replaced the squadron’s Gauntlet biplanes.  
     
   
     
   
 

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