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Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. A photo. Characteristics.
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. A photo. Characteristics.

Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. A photo. Characteristics.


United Kingdom

A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: one pilot

Aircraft Mk XIV, without a doubt, it was the plane "Spitfire" of the war, which required special treatment! The reason is simple - it is too strong engine Griffon influenced mainly handling the pre-war aircraft, especially during takeoff.

In fact, the first pilots of the aircraft Mk XIV noted in their reports on the pursuit of the aircraft "crank around its propeller." * The available capacity of the motor exceeded the needs, even with the increased gross weight of this modification because of the strengthening of the fuselage in preparation for the placement of a new power plant. It was built only 957 production aircraft Mk XIV. Perhaps the high point, the aircraft was in the middle of the year 1944 when its high horizontal velocity was used to great effect to counteract the German flying bomb Fau-1 (VI). The plane "Spitfire» XIV could overtake any type of front-line aircraft, including aircraft "Tempest» (Tempest) V.

In the last year of the war a significant number of aircraft "Spitfire" with the engine "Griffon» (Griffon) has also been sent to units in the Far East, although in most cases they arrived too late to take part in the fighting against the Japanese. A modification of Mk XIV was a photo reconnaissance plane PR for XIX, which is partially used in the last weeks of the war, when the first copies arrived 225 the front.


  • Length: 9,96 m
  • Wingspan: 11,23 m
  • Height: 3,86 m


Aircraft performance characteristics:

full speed: 721 km / h

Range of flight: 1368 km with fuel in the tanks suspended

The weight:

  • BLANK: 2994 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 3856 kg


Basic data

Power point: «Griffon» 61 on PR XIX and «Griffon» 65 / 66 on Mk XIV; company "Rolls-Royce"

Power: both motors on 2035 l. from. (1518,11 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • Summer 1943 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • FR XIVC / E and PR XIX



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