Spitfire - The People\u2019s Plane [Spitfire - The People\u2019s Plane]

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04Makeshift Wedding2020053020210607 (WS)Spitfire production is getting back on track, but the search for locations continues. Out into the surrounding countryside, from brickworks to country manors to empty fields, the dispersal continues.

Presenter: Tuppence Middleton

Producers: Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight

Editors: Chris Ledgard and Kirsten Lass

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it

05Women Take Control2020060620210612 (WS)
20210614 (WS)
The new Spitfires need to be flown to RAF bases desperate for reinforcements. That’s the job of the ATA Girls - the female flyers of World War Two, some of the first women in Britain to receive the same wages as their male counterparts.

Presenter: Tuppence Middleton

Producers: Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight

Editors: Chris Ledgard and Kirsten Lass

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it

06The Shilling Factor2020061320210619 (WS)
20210621 (WS)
As brilliant as the Spitfire is, it has one major flaw. Take her into a steep dive and fuel can’t reach the engine. A solution is urgently needed. That’s a job for the fastest woman in Britain: champion motorcycle racer and pioneering engineer, Beatrice Shilling.

Presenter: Tuppence Middleton

Producers: Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight

Editors: Chris Ledgard and Kirsten Lass

The audio for this programme was updated on 16 June 2020.

The fastest woman in Britain is called in to solve a dangerous problem

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it

07New Planes, New Rules2020062020210626 (WS)
20210628 (WS)
Ramping up production requires another new factory - but it nearly costs Britain dearly

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it

08Faster And Higher2020062720210703 (WS)
20210705 (WS)
It wasn’t just Spitfire production that needed to escape the bombs; the designers of the plane also need to find a safe place to improve the Spitfire to deal with Germany’s latest fighter developments.

Presenter: Tuppence Middleton

Producers: Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight

Editors: Chris Ledgard and Kirsten Lass

The plane's designers try to respond to Germany's latest fighter developments

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it

09Teenage Pilots2020070420210710 (WS)
20210712 (WS)
How does it feel to fly the plane that won the war? Two Spitfire pilots - one 18 year old from the Battle of Britain, one from today’s

RAF - compare their experiences of unparalleled ecstasy and paralysing fear.

Presenter: Tuppence Middleton

Producers: Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight

Editors: Chris Ledgard and Kirsten Lass

How does it feel to fly a Spitfire?

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it

10Scramble2020071120210717 (WS)
20210718 (WS)
20210719 (WS)
15th September 1940 was the moment the Germans chose to drive the Spitfire from the battlefield. The people on the ground, guiding the Spitfires - spotters, plotters and fitters- will play a vital role in a day that changed the course of World War Two.

Presenter: Tuppence Middleton

Producers: Alasdair Cross and Emily Knight

Editors: Chris Ledgard and Kirsten Lass

Before a plane could save a country, the people had to build it