Spitfire: Two Seconds to Kill, Part 01 (1976)


Spitfire: Two Seconds to Kill is a 2-part series looking at the development of the Spitfire and its role in World War II.


Raymond Baxter, a former fighter pilot himself, talks to some of the men who built and flew the plane that played a key part in preventing the invasion of Britain in 1940. We learn how the Spitfire narrowly escaped being called the Shrew and find out about the significance of the elliptical wings. Douglas Bader explains the flying tactics Spitfire pilots used against Messerschmitts and Gordon Mitchell recalls his father Reginald, who designed the plane but died before it went into full-scale production.

Raymond Baxter

  • Called up in 1941, Raymond Baxter flew his first Spitfire when he joined No 65 Squadron in August 1942.
  • He was mentioned in dispatches for his dive-bombing of V2 sites in 1944.
  • After the war, in 1949, he joined the BBC and went on to have an illustrious career as a reporter, covering events such as the funeral of King George VI (1952) and the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II (1953).
  • He was also a presenter on major science series including Eye on Research and Tomorrow’s World.

Spitfire: Two Seconds to Kill Series

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  • Distributor(s): BBC.
  • Release Date: 1976.
  • Running time: 30 minutes (per episode).
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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