t's "chocs away" at Swansea's Grand Theatre next week as a new musical based on the life of Reginald Mitchell, the man credited with helping the allies win the Second World War, takes off for its theatrical debut.
Mr Spitfire is the true story of the designer of the Spitfire, the iconic single-seat fighter aircraft which became synonymous with the Royal Air Force and the British war effort thanks to its starring roles in many a victory over the Luftwaffe, including the decisive Battle of Britain.
With its trademark "target" logo, the Spitfire continues to fascinate today, and was recently seen flying over Swansea Bay in a memorial flight as part of the Wales National Air Show, as well as at the wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton, and even in an episode of Doctor Who.
Now it is set to fly once more in this new musical from the acclaimed local theatre group the Sir Harry Secombe Trust.
Now in the eleventh year of residency at the Grand Theatre, the group, whose previous musicals include West Side Story, Billy Elliot, We Will Rock You, and most recently the NODA award-winning production of Oliver, say they are "thrilled" to be given the chance to premiere Mr Spitfire.
"This musical is just at the beginning of its journey," says a spokesman. "And we have no doubt that it will become familiar in theatres across the land."
There are 18 original songs the group say will live long in the memory, and a story of the triumph and determination of a man, not easy to live with, but a genius that each of us owes a huge debt of gratitude to.
Reginald Mitchell was born in Stoke on Trent in 1895 and moved to Supermarine Aviation in Southampton. He designed 22 planes in addition to the Spitfire. When he died in 1937, he had only ever seen the prototype fly. He never knew that a total of 22,000 Spitfires were built and helped us win the war. Mr Spitfire, is told through script and song, charts Reg's life – from his lowly start in Kerr Stuart locomotive factory, meeting love of his life Flo, the battle with the Government over his designs, winning the Schneider Race in 1932 and his untimely death at the age of 42.