The Spitfire

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A British fighter aircraft during World War 2, most commonly a single-seater, but some models were 2 seaters, in line.

About 22,000 Spitfires were manufactured in total, with various versions serving with many countries worldwide.

The Mark I Spitfire, powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin III engine gave a maximum speed of 367 mph.  About 1,500 Mark 1’s were manufactured

About 920 Mark II’s were produced, using the more powerful MERLIN XII engine with a speed of 377mph.  By April 1941 all RAF front line Spitfires were the Mark II model.

The Mark 14 had a speed of 448 mph, using the Rolls Royce Griffon 65 engine, and could climb to 44,500 ft. From 1943, 957 of this version were produced.


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The Mark 19 was the last Spitfire for war service, entering service in May 1944, with a total of 225 being built and production ceasing in early 1946.

Supermarine SpitfireLinks:

Books:

by Peter Caygill
(Combat Legends S.)


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