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Supermarine Spitfire

Post  The 16th Pilot on Tue Jun 21, 2011 11:26 pm



The Spitfire is one of my very favorite airplanes. It is such a beautiful design. I like the look of the Merlin-engined Spits, but the Griffon-engined had better performance.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spitfire

http://www.wwiivehicles.com/unitedkingdom/aircraft/fighter/supermarine-spitfire.asp



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Post  F4U Corsair on Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:27 am

I love the rounded wings, it is a very sleek little plane. I've read that it is very easy to fly. It goes down in my favorites list, but hey, I don't know if I have any WWII fighters that aren't in that list.
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Post  The 16th Pilot on Mon Jun 27, 2011 12:51 am

Here's someone who's making replica Spitfire kits, for people to buy, and to build their own Spitfires, if you have the $320,000.

http://www.spitfireaircraftco.com/home.html

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Post  F4U Corsair on Wed Jul 20, 2011 9:20 pm

LOL, no, I don't have that kinda money. You could get one of these though http://www.nitroplanes.com/93a252-spitfire-camo-kit.html . I know they aren't quite the same.
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Spitfire Ace

Post  The 16th Pilot on Tue Nov 01, 2011 8:24 pm

I found this documentary to be very interesting and educational. It tells the story of the Battle of Briton from the perspective of the pilots who actually fought, both British and German.
It also tells the story of a modern-day private pilot who got a chance to fly a WWII Spitfire.

Spitfire Ace:
http://www.livingwarbirds.com/supermarine-spitfire-5.php
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Post  Spitfire on Fri Nov 18, 2011 7:57 am

I went to Living Warbirds website but, unfortunately the videos wouldn't show up for me.

I've always loved the spitfire. Years ago when I played in an old flight simulator we had it was one of my favorite planes to fly; it was so easy to handle.

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Spitfire Mk XII

Post  The 16th Pilot on Sun Jan 22, 2012 12:37 am

The Mk XII was the first Griffon-engined Spitfire to go into service. It was conceived to counter the hit-and-run raids of the Fw 190's that were hitting England's south coast.
The Griffon engine gave the aircraft excellent low and medium level performance, although the Mk XII's performance declined at high altitudes: because of this all production aircraft had "clipped" wings, which conferred excellent manoeuvrability through enhanced aileron response.
At low altitude the Mk XII was one of the fastest aircraft in the world. In one speed trial, held at Farnborough in July 1942, a Mk XII raced ahead of a Hawker Typhoon and a captured Fw 190. However, pilots found it difficult to exploit this advantage in combat as German pilots were reluctant to be drawn into dogfights with any Spitfires below 20,000 ft. When the MK XII was able to engage in combat it was a formidable fighter and several Fw 190s and Bf 109-Gs fell victim to it.
The Mk XII's speed advantage at lower altitudes again became useful near the end of its front line service in Summer 1944, in which it shot down a respectable number of V-1 Flying Bombs, 82.5.
The Mk XII variant was retired in September 1944.

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