Supermarine Swift
Thunder & Lightnings

Supermarine Swift

" absolutely marvellous aircraft."
- anonymous RAF Wing Leader, a few weeks before all Swift F.1s were grounded because of various accidents and crashes.

Supermarine was surely one of the most famous of all British aircraft manufacturers, purely because of the incredible Spitfire. However, post-war, Supermarine did not do quite so well. The Swift was partly to blame - an eventually successful reconnaissance aircraft which never managed to fully overcome the bad reputation that arose because of the failure of its early fighter versions.

Read on for the history of the Swift.