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26 June 2017

 

Supermarine Spitfire—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire cutaway drawing—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire—Crown Copyrighted image

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 19—Crown Copyrighted image

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  1. 26 June 2017 01:14

    I don’t recall ever seeing a Spitfire with a full bubble canopy. What Marque is that?

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      26 June 2017 05:29

      That’s why I kept looking at it. I couldn’t figure out why but you nailed it Chuck, the canopy.

      The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight has one like the Spitfire in the photo but they have two type names. In their photo to is a Mk LF XVIE though, later in the text, it is a Mk XVI. They call it a low back/bubble-canopy design.

      Here is the link https://www.raf.mod.uk/bbmf/theaircraft/spitfirete311.cfm

  2. shortfinals permalink
    26 June 2017 07:00

    Hi Chuck and Joe! The ‘bubble canopy’ came in with the Mk XVI Spitfire (which is in reality, a MkIX, built with a Packard-Merlin). The LF suffix indicates that it has a low-altitude rated engine. Many of these were built with cropped wing tips to increase the roll rate at low altitudes. The ‘e’ – as in Mk XVIe – merely indicates the armament fit – 2 x 20mm Hispano cannon and 2 x .5″ Browning (strangely, the Brownings were carried inboard of the cannon), which gave superior ground attack capability. The loss of rear fuselage area gave rise to increases in fin and rudder area, of course.

    You can spend a lifetime studying just the Spitfire (and goodness knows I have tried), and I would heartily recommend ‘The Spitfire’ by Key Publishing. A review of the work, and my extremely minor role in one aspect of its production, is given here –

    https://shortfinals.wordpress.com/2013/08/17/spitfire-the-history/

    Cheers!

    • travelforaircraft permalink*
      26 June 2017 07:09

      Wonderful research Ross 🙂

      So, the design was for chasing the V-1 or given the late phase of the war, for ground attack?

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