In February 1936, the Spitfire prototype K5054 had its first engine runs at the Supermarine Aviation Works, Woolston, Southampton before it was dismantled and transported to Eastleigh airfield, where its was reassembled. On the afternoon of 5th March 1936 the prototype Type 300 Spitfire, bearing the serial number K5054 flew for the first time, piloted by Vickers chief test pilot, Capt. J. 'Mutt' Summers. Upon landing 'Mutt' was famously quoted as saying "I don't want anything touched". No major problems were identified and, although many months of testing and alterations lay ahead, the Spitfire had made a successful first flight.
On Saturday 5 March 2016 Aero Legends will be marking eighty years since the first flight of the Spitfire. The Spitfire 80th Anniversary Weekend of celebration at Sywell Aerodrome is to commemorate this momentous day in modern aviation history when a prototype Supermarine Spitfire first took to the skies on 5th March 1936.