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The Paper Hurricane: Part 4

27/09/202110:0021/09/2021 08:59Leave a Comment

Have you seen the Paper Hurricane that flies alongside Spitfire RW388 in the Spitfire Gallery? Artist Suhail Shaikh takes us through the epic journey of the sculpture’s creation. In this final installment, Suhail takes us through the last stages of construction, delivery and installation! Suhail Shaikh, 2021 Once the fuselage halves, empennage, Warren frame, engine […]

The Paper Hurricane: Part 3

24/09/202110:0017/09/2021 14:50Leave a Comment

Have you seen the Paper Hurricane that flies alongside Spitfire RW388 in the Spitfire Gallery? Artist Suhail Shaikh takes us through the epic journey of the sculpture’s creation. In this third installment, Suhail takes us through the detailed process of building the Hurricane’s Merlin engine and instrument panel. Suhail Shaikh, 2021 Once the fuselage halves […]

The Paper Hurricane: Part 2

20/09/202110:0017/09/2021 15:03Leave a Comment

Have you seen the Paper Hurricane that flies alongside Spitfire RW388 in the Spitfire Gallery? Artist Suhail Shaikh takes us through the epic journey of the sculpture’s creation. In this second installment, Suhail takes us through the detailed process of building the Hurricane. Suhail Shaikh, 2021 I started by diving into research on the plane […]

The Paper Hurricane: Part 1

17/09/202112:5921/09/2021 09:47Leave a Comment

Have you seen the Paper Hurricane that flies alongside Spitfire RW388 in the Spitfire Gallery? Artist Suhail Shaikh takes us through the epic journey of the sculpture’s creation. In this first installment, Suhail explains his background and how he came to merge his love of aviation with his paper-based artist practice. Suhail Shaikh, 2021 A […]

Memories of War

16/09/202115:1017/09/2021 11:57Leave a Comment

Everyone who experienced the Second World War has their own story to tell. It was a time of danger, loss, and anxiety. Yet for some, wartime activities at home or abroad also resulted in new friendships and opportunities. The photographs, films and displays in this area explore the stories of local people. If you have […]

The Paper Spitfire

16/09/202112:4821/09/2021 09:05Leave a Comment

Engineering Meets Art – The Paper Spitfire Suhail Shaikh, 2014 This sculpture of the Supermarine Spitfire is made entirely out of paper, cut and glued by hand. The artist has left the frame exposed. Inspired by engineering drawings, it reveals the Spitfire’s intricate construction. The aeroplane is presented free of national markings or weapons, to […]

The Spitfire Evolves

16/09/202110:5816/09/2021 12:25Leave a Comment

Spitfires were streamlined, all-metal fighters with large, curving wings and powerful Rolls-Royce engines. They proved their worth during the Battle of Britain and captured the imagination of the British public. Joe Smith led the Supermarine team after Reginald Mitchell’s death in 1937. The versatile Spitfire design was developed and updated to meet new wartime challenges. […]

Merlin Engines

15/09/202115:33Leave a Comment

These objects are parts from a Rolls-Royce Merlin Engine. Sections have been cut away to reveal the inner workings. The Merlin Engine The Merlin was designed and built by Rolls-Royce. These powerful and reliable engines were fitted to many Second World War aircraft including the Avro Lancaster, Hawker Hurricane and the Supermarine Spitfire. Over 150,000 […]

Spitfire RW388

15/09/202109:3516/09/2021 10:25Leave a Comment

Our Spitfire was donated to Stoke-on-Trent in 1972 to honour the city’s connection to aeroplane designer Reginald Mitchell. Find out more about Spitfire RW388 through the pages and links below. Spitfire RW388 This Spitfire was built in Castle Bromwich in May 1945. It is a Spitfire Mark XVI (16) with shortened, ‘clipped’ wings and an […]

Journey to the Spitfire

01/09/202115:5216/09/2021 10:53Leave a Comment

Reginald Joseph Mitchell was one of the leading aeroplane designers of his generation. He was born in Butt Lane, Kidsgrove in 1895 and raised and educated in Stoke-on-Trent. He designed 24 different aeroplanes during his prolific career, before his death in 1937 aged only 42. Mitchell’s designs ranged from commercial flying boats, made from wood […]