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Supermarine Spitfire

 

Plane type: Single-seat fighter

Manufacturer: Supermarine

Crew: 1 (pilot)

Dimensions

Length: 32ft  8in

Height: 12ft 8in

Wingspan: 36ft 10in

Wing Area: 242 sq. ft

Powerplant

PR = Photo Reconnaissance  |  HF = High-Altitude Fighter  |  LF = Low-Altitude Fighter

Mark (Mk.)

Powerplant

Weight Loaded (lbs.)

Max Speed (mph) at Operational Height

Normal Range (Miles)

Ceiling (feet)

Special Function

Mk. I-A

Merlin II or III 5332 367  
Mk. I-B Merlin III 5784        
Mk. II-A Merlin XII 6317        
Mk. II-B Merlin XII 6527        
Mk. IV Merlin 45 or 46 7178 372 1460 38000 PR
Mk. V-A Merlin 45 or 46 6417 369/365 480/460 37000/38000  
Mk. V-B Merlin 45 or 46 6622 369/365 480/460 37000/38000  
Mk. V-C Merlin 45 or 46 6785 369/365 470/450 37000/38000  
Mk. VI Merlin 47 6797 364 475 40000  
Mk. VII Merlin 61 or 64 7875 408 660 43000
Mk. VII Merlin 71 7875 416 660 44000 HF
Mk. VII Merlin 45 or 46 6586 369 710 37000 PR
Mk. VIII Merlin 61, 63, or 63A 7767 408 660 43000  
Mk. VIII Merlin 66 7767 404 660 41500 LF
Mk. VIII Merlin 70 7767 416 660 44000 HF
Mk. IX Merlin 61 or 63 7300 400+ 434 40000  
Mk. IX Merlin 66 7300 404 434 42500 LF
Mk. IX Merlin 70 7300 416 434 45000 HF
Mk. X Merlin 64 or 77 8159 416 1370 43000 PR
Mk. XI Merlin 61, 63, 63A, or 70 7872 422 1200+ 44000 PR
Mk. XII Griffon III or IV 7280 393 329 40000  
Mk. XIII Merlin 32 6364 348 500 38000 PR
Mk. XIV Griffon 65 8490 450+ 460 40000+  
Mk. XVI Merlin 266 7300 400+ 434 40000  

Click here to read up on the Merlin engine

Weights

^--- SEE TABLE ---^

Armament

SETUP #1:

- 2 x 20mm British Hispano cannons

- 4 x .303 inch machine-guns

SETUP #2:

- 2 x 20mm British Hispano cannons

- 2 x .50 inch Browning machine-guns

SETUP #3:

- 4 x 20mm British Hispano cannons, all in wings

SETUP #4:

 - 8 x .303 inch machine-guns

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Bomb load:

- 1 x rack under each wing for 250lb bomb

- 1 x rack under fuselage for 250lb or 500lb bomb

Performance

^--- SEE TABLE ---^

Notes:

The pride and power of the Royal Air Force, the Spitfire led Britain through the Second World War with gallant victories. Its superb performance never faltered.  With the help of aircraft designers and many improvements, it was able to keep up with the best of the German fighters, and it was well equipped defend its nation. At first designed with less than adequate armament, the Spitfire was quickly changed and became the perfect aircraft. It was a favorite among many, and not just the pilots. The fighter was the "jewel of the people," and symbolized Britain's refusal to give up, and their unending strength.

RESOURCES:

Page #1 - WW2 Aircraft

Page #2 - The Flight Line

Page #3 - Fighter-Planes.com

Page #4 - Aircraft of the Second World War

Page #5 - Homepage of WW2 Aircraft

A Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV of 610 Fighter Squadron Royal Air Force - England 1944

 

Pictures:

Gallery 1

Spitfire03.jpg (46614 bytes)

Gallery 2

Spitfire46.jpg (30671 bytes)

 

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