Former chief Spitfire test pilot Alex Henshaw MBE unveiled a 16m high sculpture dubbed The Sentinel in Birmingham on Tuesday. The sculpture depicts three half scale aluminium Spitfires peeling off in different directions, supported by curving steel 'vapour trails'. It commemorates the nearby Castle Bromwich factory, which now produces Jaguar cars, where most of Britain's wartime Spitfires were built.
Structural engineer Maunsell was given the task of turning artist Tim Tolken's vision into a reality.
The sculpture consumed 170m3 of concrete and 62t of structural steel work. Barnshaw Profiles used plasma cutting to form the Spitfire silhouettes as well as supplying the steel sections.