Today saw the launch of our official Spitfire Augmented Reality app, enabling viewers to experience the iconic British aircraft in a truly unique dimension.
By downloading the app and pointing a mobile phone camera at a range of different currency notes, viewers can explore and interact with the stunning high detail 3D model of a Spitfire, rotate the plane 360 degrees, start the engine, fire machine guns and find interactive features.
The app, created by Bronze Software Labs is available for iPhone and is also accessible on the iPad. It costs £1.49 and can be downloaded from iTunes. A percentage of the proceeds raised will go to our charity.
Director of Bronze Software Labs, Richard Howells, says: 'The Spitfire is an icon of British history and this app uses cutting edge Augmented Reality (AR) techniques to bring it to life for aviation and app fans alike.
'There are other AR apps out there but typically they require an internet connection, feature low quality models, offer limited interactivity and poor image tracking.
'The integrated camera view provides a seamless experience, but this isn't just a "video game" - it's about raising awareness of the RAF Benevolent Fund's vital work and we are absolutely delighted to help the RAF Benevolent Fund to become the first charity in the world to harness this AR technology.'
The app also contains content including historic images of the Battle of Britain, video footage of an appeal by Sir Winston Churchill on behalf of the RAF Benevolent Fund, Spitfire facts and stats and exclusive audio from a WWII Spitfire pilot.
Users are being encouraged to take a screengrab of the Spitfire aircraft and share it via social media using the hash tag #SpitfireChallenge.
RAF Benevolent Fund Controller, Air Marshal Christopher Nickols, says: 'As the RAF's leading welfare charity we are always looking for new ways to engage and educate about our work and the sacrifice made by so many of our veterans.
'We hope this app helps to recognise the men and women who kept the Spitfire in the skies over Europe and defended this country during the Battle of Britain. By buying this app you'll be helping to support a generation of heroes who fought to maintain our way of life and their families.'
The Official RAFBF Spitfire Augmented Reality App was launched by Nigel Rose, a WWII Spitfire pilot, at the RAF Club on Friday 20 September 2013 and was streamed live on the RAF Benevolent Fund’s website.
The app can be downloaded from iTunes.