Supermarine Spitfire Cutaway MJ730 "The CO's Query" as flown by Sqn/Ldr George Silvester DFC.
Before his plane's identifier code had been assigned, he remarked to some of his ground crew that there was "a bit of a question mark" over which identity letter to give his personal Spitfire, because as Squadron Leader, he belonged to neither 'A' Flight or 'B' Flight.
The ground crew, displaying a sense of humor, placed a large
"question mark" where the individual code letter would have normally been. Squadron Leader Silvester, amused by the gesture, left this marking in place, and from that moment on MJ730 was referred to as 'The CO's Query.' This tradition continued into the 1950's with 32 Squadron's future commanding officers continuing to also display the '?' on their Vampire jets.
Our famous and highly detailed aircraft cutaway designs are presented here in full color on these handsome 11 ounce multiple use mugs.
The right hand side of this particular mug features the exterior side profile while the left hand side features the cutaway view. Both sides have a top and front view of the Spitfire.