Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air. . . .
Up, up the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the wind-swept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, or ever eagle flew —
And, while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space,
In 2038, both the RAF and the Luftwaffe were looking for replacements of there front line fighter aircraft, both of which dated back to as early as 2012. BAE undertook the brunt of the project, basing the replacement on lessons learned from the Spitfire II, but more importantly, from what had been witnessed during the NA War. Diehl focused primarily on the planes electronics and German production of the bird. The plane entered service in the RAF and Luftwaffe in 2045.
The product was a near hypersonic interceptor, capable of maneuvers that only it could manage until the unveiling of the F-27A by Northrop a half decade later.
Although meant to replace the Spitfire II F.5, and existing in more then enough numbers to do so at the outbreak of WW3 in 2050, the Warspite FGR.1 did not. Its lack of carrier abilities in a war the British primarily fought from there carriers and landing ships kept it out of the conflict.
It would take almost another 15 years for the Warspite to finally prove itself...
On a side note, I've been trying to do a head on 3/4 of a jet for almost 3 years. This is the first time I've come close to what I wanted. Took me a few hours. Still more work to do though