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Spitfire: Two Stamps of Approval

Posted at 12:32 AM on September 1, 2009 by John Birge
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On the 70th anniversary of beginning of World War II, two appreciations of a legendary aircraft that helped win the war for the Allies: the Spitfire.

From a 2009 series of Royal Mail postage stamps commemorating British Design Classics, comes this beauty:

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And from composer Sir William Walton, the "Spitfire Prelude and Fugue," a concert work adapted from his score to the movie "The First of the Few." This YouTube clip mates the music with images from the war: