Supermarine Spitfire


Spitfire Mk IX, with Douglas Bader markings
Spitfire Mk IX, with the markings of Wing Commander Douglas Bader
The battle of Britain turned this plane into a symbol of a whole country's struggle against the 3rd Reich; even if the Hawker Hurricane, less brilliant than the Spitfire but available in greater numbers, was responsible for shooting down more German planes than the Spitfire during this battle.

Development

Spitfire Mk I Spitfire Mk I
Engine Rolls-Royce Merlin III liquid-cooled V12 1,030 hp
Weight empty: 2,182 kg (4,810 lb) - with full load: 2,624 kg (5,785 lb)
Armament 8x 7.7 mm (.303 cal) wing-mounted Browning machine guns
Performance Max speed: 583 km/h (362 mph) Ceiling: 9,723 m (31,900 ft)
A Spitfire Mk II from No 65 Sqdn
A Spitfire Mk II from No 65 Sqdn, seen here at Kirton-in-Lindsey in 1941.
Spitfire Mk Vb Spitfire Mk Vb
Engine Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 liquid-cooled V12 1,470 hp
Weight empty: 2,300 kg (5,065 lb) - with full load: 3,044 kg (6,710 lb)
Armament 2x 20 mm cannons and 4x 7.7 mm (.303 cal) Browning machine guns
Performance Max speed: 594 km/h (369 mph) Ceiling: 11,033 m (36,200 ft)
Spitfire Mk IXe Spitfire Mk IXe
Engine Rolls-Royce Merlin 61 liquid-cooled V12 1,565 hp
Weight empty: 2,545 kg (5,610 lb) - with normal load: 3,400 kg (7,500 lb)
Armament 2x 20 mm cannons and 2x 12.7 mm (.50 cal) Browning machine guns
Performance Max speed: 655 km/h (408 mph) Ceiling: 13,106 m (43,000 ft)
Spitfire Mk XIVe Spitfire Mk XIVe
Engine Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 liquid-cooled V12 2,050 hp
Weight empty: 3,040 kg (6,702 lb) - with full load: 4,663 kg (10,280 lb)
Armament 2x 20 mm cannons and 2x 12.7 mm (.50 cal) Browning machine guns
Performance Max speed: 708 km/h (440 mph) Ceiling: 13,106 m (43,000 ft)

Stof's notes about this plane in iMOL's WarBirds

The opinions expressed below are only my own, and nothing more...
The classical british fighter... Easy to fly, it is a very efficient dogfighter if you are a good shot, because the ammo load is quite poor.

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