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Spitfire!

“The Few...”

Old meets New: a Mk VC Super-marine Spitfire pilot passes an old “ghost” on a sweep: an early Hawker Hurricane with pilot in old-style prewar kit including suit and tie!

The Spitfire was one of the most elegant aircraft ever designed. It's elliptical wing and roaring Rolls-Royce Merlin engine still make us hold our breaths, even after 70 years.

Sometimes because of their beauty it’s hard to remember that these were war machines, designed to fight and kill. Along with Sir Sydney Camm’s brilliant Hawker Hurricane, Reginald (R J) Mitchell’s Spitfire masterpiece, held the line in the terrible year of 1940 when England fought against the German Luftwaffe in ‘The Battle of Britain.’ Winston Churchill rightly said in tribute to these courageous young men: ”Never in the field of human conflict have so many owed so much to so few.”

The original design took 120 hours and 1,000,002 dots to draw, (Pete counted every one!) and the shirt is silkscreened on a natural tan Hanes Beefy Tee using silkscreens more intricate than those used to print photographs to retain all the amazing detail.

“The shirt is dedicated to David Dent, and I’ve yet to meet an aviation enthusiast from Australia that doesn’t have a story about Dave. David is a pilot, aircraft builder and restorer, world traveler, an ambassador of kindness, a gentleman, family man, scholar and friend.

Who-Roo!”

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