Spitfire RW388

The Spitfire has left the museum to begin an incredible new adventure. It will be restored to its former glory and return to Stoke-on-Trent as the star of a new display. The aircraft will be unveiled in its new home in 2021.

It’s a pretty exciting time for the City’s Spitfire, which will be returning 2021 in a brand new home. Explore this page to get the latest updates on the project.

Spitfire RW388 was donated to the City of Stoke-on-Trent in 1972. This honours Reginald J. Mitchell, the designer of the Spitfire, who was born and educated in North Staffordshire before becoming one of the greatest aeronautical engineers of his generation.

Coming Soon…A New Home

Coming Soon…A New Home

Building a new Spitfire Gallery - opening in 2021
Restoration

Restoration

News and progress reports on the restoration of Spitfire RW388
Spitfire Blogs

Spitfire Blogs

Spitfire-posts from the Museum blog.
In The Collections

In The Collections

Explore objects in our collections related to the Spitfire and the Second World War
Removing a Spitfire

Removing a Spitfire

Time lapse video of the removal of RW388 in 2018 (YouTube)
History West Midlands

History West Midlands

Mini-series by History West Midlands exploring the connections between the Spitfire and the West Midlands (YouTube)
RJ Mitchell

RJ Mitchell

The life and career of Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE (PDF)
Other City Spitfires

Other City Spitfires

Other Spitfires with a connection to The Potteries (PDF)
Spitfire RW388

Spitfire RW388

A detailed history of the City's Spitfire (PDF)
Operation Spitfire

Operation Spitfire

Inspiration through Restoration

Blogs: The Second World War

Blogs: The Second World War

Find out more about the Second World War through our museum blog