A replica Second World War Spitfire dropped in on learners in Salford to help bring their history A-level to life.

The iconic aircraft was brought into Pendleton Sixth Form Centre by staff from the Lytham St Annes Spitfire Memorial Fund, who restored the plane, who spoke to learners about its history.

Student Katie Bagshaw said: “Seeing the Spitfire in real life helps you to understand what it was like for pilots sitting in the aircraft and feeling how small it is in the cockpit makes you appreciate the conditions they were fighting in.”

It is thought that there are only 75 original Spitfires still flying.

Student Jess Trimble said: “I’ve never seen anything like this before other than in a museum; it’s definitely going to help me visualise and understand the Second World War aspects of our course.”

Featured image caption: Katie Bagshaw, Jess Trimble, Adam Millar, all 18, and Keith Maddox, from Lytham St Annes Spitfire Memorial Fund

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