Money for A Spit

unpublished photo

A public-minded English jeweler does his bit by promoting a local "Spitfire Fund." Lord Beaverbrook originated the idea of the so-called "presentation" aircraft underlying such funds. An individual, organization, or town could present the cost of constructing an airframe (for a Spitfire, this was set at 5000, although the real cost was nearer 12000!) and an aircraft would be allocated to bear the name of the donor (or any caption they chose instead) in (officially) four-inch-high yellow characters on the fuselage. Aircraft types other than Spitfires were also presented, but there were more presentation Spits than any other aircraft type.

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