Where is the name ‘Supermarine’ still used today? Do they live up to their name of speed, quality and craftmenship? I had a great deal of fun researching this post but here are several firms and groups who keep the name ‘Supermarine’ alive!
A bit of poetic licence here but what amazing motor launches these ‘Supermarines’ are. The Supermarine Swordfish certainly looks as if it could fly, or must feel like it anyway. The Swordfish has certainly earned the name Supermarine, like it’s predecessor, the Supermarine S.6B which won the Schneider Trophy outright back in 1931.
Bremont, a British firm who crafts pilot’s watches ‘to perfection’ has a Supermarine range.
Supermarine Rugby Club are recruiting now! Their website explains that the team started as a works team for Vickers Armstrong, who continued to make Spitfires when the Supermarine site in Woolston was bombed during WW2. Click on the link for a more detailed history.
Also keeping the tradition of Supermarine alive is The Swindon Supermarine Football Club suitably nicknamed The Marines, who are part of the Southern Division.
There’s The Supermarine Bowmen too, but I have not been able to find out why they took the name. Flight and skill certainly!
Back to the famous Spitfire there is even a factory which makes spare parts especially for these well loved aircraft, also called ‘Supermarine.’ A well eared name since without them we would not see such wonderful air displays and The Battle of Britain flight passed.
I was also excited to hear in the paper a couple of years ago that an Australian firm had taken on the name ‘Supermarine Aircraft‘ to ‘keep the name alive’ and are actually building reproduction Supermarine Spitfires!
If you know any I’ve missed, please let me know in the comments box. I’d love to hear from you, or by email firstname.lastname@example.org.