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  Supermarine Spitfire - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Spitfire was one of the finest fighters of the war; aviation historians and laymen alike often claim it to be the most aesthetically appealing.
Spitfires played a major role in the Greek Civil War, flown by the RAF and SAAF during 1944 and 1945, and by the Hellenic Air Force, from 1946 through the end of the war in 1948.
Spitfires last saw major action during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, when — in a strange twist — Spitfires flown by Zionist pilots were engaged by both RAF and Egyptian Air Force Spitfires.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire   (2884 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire variants - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Realizing that the initial order for 310 Spitfires was but the first of what was likely to be a long production run Vickers started construction of a huge new factory in Castle Bromwich to build Spitfires (in addition to their existing line in Woolston).
However the Spitfire did not perform well enough at that altitude to be decisive; whenever the pilot had a shot lined up it would slew and fall out of the sky.
The XV and 17 marks were reserved for the naval version, the Seafire, in an effort to reconcile the Spitfire numbering scheme with that of the Seafire.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire_variants   (4859 words)

 The Supermarine Spitfire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
But the Spitfire that we knew at the end of the war was far different from the version that flew in the Battle of Britain and even to that of pre 1939 Spitfires.
Supermarine had great plans for the Type 224, but because of its failure in every department, the company had to do something quick to be able to prove to the authorities that they were capable of producing a good hard working fighter aircraft.
Supermarine went back to the Mk I airframe for the prototype Mk V and and installed a more potent Merlin 45 engine that although rated at 1,185 horsepower, its combat rating at 9,250 ft was actually 1,470 hp.
www.battleofbritain.net /0011.html   (2988 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire: Tutte le informazioni su Supermarine Spitfire su Encyclopedia.it   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Il Supermarine Spitfire (o più semplicemente Spitfire) è uno degli aerei più importanti e noti che hanno combattuto durante la seconda guerra mondiale.
inoltre lo spitfire fu uno dei primi aerei con carrello retrattile e questo causò alcuni problemi perchè alcuni piloti si dimenticavano di tirare giù il carrello in fase di atterraggio.
Durante la ritirata tedesca gli Spitfire e i Tempest bersagliarono le divisioni in rotta provocando perdite pari a 8 divisioni di fanteria e 2 di carri armati.
www.encyclopedia.it /s/su/supermarine_spitfire.html   (1722 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire
The new all-metal single-seater fighter plane, the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.
The Supermarine Spitfire F.22 that was used in 1945 could fly at more than 450 mph (724 km/h) and could ascend at twice the speed of the Supermarine Spitfire Mk.
Spitfires continued to be produced after the war and by October 1947, 20,334 had been manufactured.
www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk /2WWspitfire.htm   (2053 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire - Great Britain
Spitfire MK I, 14 Sqd RAF, Flt Lt. Adolf Malan.
The speed of the Spitfire I was marginally higher than that of its principal opponent the Luftwaffes Messerschmitt Bf 109E and it was infinitely more maneuverable than the German fighter although the Bf 109E could out climb and out dive the British fighter and its shell-firing cannon had a longer range than the Spitfire's machine-guns.
Spitfires of this Mark were later to serve in the Western Desert and the Pacific and Burma areas.
www.aviation-history.com /supermarine/spitfire.html   (1498 words)

 Aircraft Hangar - Supermarine Spitfire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
After further research and teating, Supermarine discovered that by building the wings elliptically, the aerodynamics of the aircraft were improved and it allowed all eight guns to be fitted into the wings.
To extend the range of the Spitfire they were fitted with jettisonable fuel tanks that fit flush under the belly of the fuselage.
The Spitfire was continously changed to meet the demands of war, as a low and high altitude fighter, for ground straffing operations, and equipped as a photo-reconaissance aircraft, to name a few.
www.hammerheadpilotgear.com /hanger/Hanger_Spitfire1.htm   (898 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Spitfire was to the RAF what the Messerschmitt Bf 109 was to the Luftwaffe, becoming the very symbol of their nation's air power.
At the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane were the first and most crucial line of defense for Britain, and at the hands of the courageous pilots of the RAF, Operation Sea Lion (the invasion of England) never was put into action.
Spitfire Mk II : built at Castle Bromwich with a 876 kW (1,175 hp) Merlin XII engine and a Rotol propeller; 750 Spitfire Mk IIA (eight 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns and 170 Spitfire Mk IIB (two 20 mm Hispano cannon and four 7.7 mm (0.303 in) machine guns) were built.
www.kotfsc.com /aviation/spitfire.htm   (2419 words)

 Spitfire - Vickers Supermarine British Aircraft Fighter
The graceful lines of the British Spitfire were designed by Reginald J. Mitchell, whose seaplane racers of the 1920's laid the foundation for a new generation of military interceptor fighters.
The Spitfire aircrafts were produced with different armaments in the wings and the 'e' wings each had a 20 mm cannon and a 0.5 inch machine gun.
The final Spitfires under construction in 1946 were Griffon powered Mark 24 aircraft that served with the RAF until 1951.
www.fighterfactory.net /airworthy-aircraft/spitfire-plane.php   (387 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire - Wikimedia Commons
Spitfire in England in 2004, showing the elliptical planform
Spitfire Mk IX LF in Muzeyon Heyl ha-Avir, Israel.
Spitfire Mk IX in Muzeyon Heyl ha-Avir, Israel.
commons.wikimedia.org /wiki/Supermarine_Spitfire   (85 words)

The Spitfire is often credited with winning the Battle of Britain, it was mass produced in Castle Bromwich, Birmingham and there now stands a large metal memorial on Spitfire Roundabout on Chester Road in the city.
The Spitfire, on the other hand, was in most respects the close equal of the Me109 but had some attributes that helped "Spits" to win many "dog fights" most often quoted is maneuverability but good cockpit visibility was probably a greater factor.
Spitfires played a major role in the Greek Civil War, both flown by the RAF during 1944 and 1945, and by the Royal Hellenic Air Force from 1946 through the end of the war in 1948.
www.speedace.info /supermarine_spitfire.htm   (2055 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Supermarine Spitfire was much more than just a highly successful fighter aircraft, it was a legendary fighter.
The Spitfire prototype, with the serial number K5083, first flew from what is now Southampton airport on the 5th or 6th of March 1936.
This model is a 1/32 scale representation of a Supermarine Spitfire Mark I. This particular airframe, number P8093 was a "Presentation "Spitfire.
www.craigcentral.com /models/spitfire   (322 words)

 SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE PR.XI   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE PR.XI The Mark XI was a development of the original British Spitfire interceptor that first flew in 1936.
Various photoreconnaissance versions of the Spitfire were built and used by Great Britain and her allies with great success in all theaters during World War II.
This aircraft is painted and marked as a Mark XI that served with the 14th at Mount Farm airfield in England.
www.wpafb.af.mil /museum/air_power/ap17.htm   (178 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire Mk. Vc - USAF Museum Early Years Gallery   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Since this new German fighter greatly outperformed the current Spitfires at high altitude, the RAF could not wait for the factories to be retooled for the Mk.
Originally, the Spitfire had been designed as a short-range home-defense fighter, but by 1941, the RAF had begun offensive operations over Nazi-occupied Europe.
At that time, this Spitfire will be repainted to represent one flying with the USAAF in North Africa in 1943 and will take its place in the greatly expanded World War II gallery.
www.wpafb.af.mil /museum/early_years/ey24.htm   (683 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire
The final Spitfire variants, the air force Spiteful and navy Seafang were outclassed by the new generation of jet-powered fighters and saw only limited use.
This delightful truescale Spitfire adorns, side-by-side with a Hurricane the center of the parking area at the RAF Museum at Hendon.
The original Spitfire's lines are somewhat spoiled by the massive contra-rotating props, the teardrop canopy and the large vertical tail surfaces.
meltingpot.fortunecity.com /clyde/808/spitfire.html   (558 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire model airplane
By 1942 Supermarine Spitfires were operational in the Middle East, and by early 1943 the first Spitfires were arriving in the Pacific Theater.
The Spitfire Mk IX was a union of two-stage Merlin 61, 63, or 70 engines, with Spitfire Mk V airframe, with 5,665 of this version of the airplane built.
The Spitfire Mk VA, used one 1,478-hp Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 Vee engine, giving the airplane a maximum speed of 369 mph at 19,500 feet, service ceiling of 36,500 feet, and a maximum range of 1,135 miles.
www.wondersnevercease.com /wac/airplanes/am249.htm   (462 words)

 The Designer of the Supermarine Spitfire - Reginald Mitchell
Reginald Joseph Mitchell, designer of the Supermarine Spitfire, was born in Talke Village near Stoke on Trent on 20 May 1895.
In 1917, at the age of 21, a partnership that was to have a significant effect upon his future was formed when he joined the Supermarine Aviation Works as a designer and by 1918, recognising the excellent skills that he had, Reginald Mitchell was appointed Chief Designer by Hubert Scott-Paine the Managing Director of Supermarine.
As seaplane manufacturers, Supermarine were attracted by the Schneider Trophy contests although until 1922 when Mitchell took over complete control of the design for that years entry, the competition was dominated by Italy, who having won the Trophy in 1920 and 1921 meant that a further win in 1922 would secure them the Trophy outright.
www.supermarine-spitfire.co.uk /designer.html   (882 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire - Development (David Llewellyn James)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
By the time of the German invasion of France in May 1940 19 RAF squadrons were operating the Spitfire.
Spitfire production was stepped up improvements to the basic Mark I were introduced, the most important of these being a three-bladed variable-pitch propeller.
Spitfire Mk II was first delivered - to 611 Squadron - in August 1940.
www.odyssey.dircon.co.uk /Spitfire_dev.htm   (496 words)

 Military Airshows in the UK
Spitfires designed to operate at low level had the tips of their wings removed to improve manoeuvrability and speed at low level.
The Mk.IX Spitfire was also built in large numbers with a total of 5,665 aircraft produced.
The Spitfire Mk.VIII was a much better aircraft and in the opinion of most pilots the nicest of all Spitfires to fly and yet far fewer were built.
www.militaryairshows.co.uk /spitfire.htm   (468 words)

 Jeff Ethell's Pireps - Supermarine Spitfire
This lessens, to a degree, the impression of being buried within a Spitfire, though that feeling of being a part of the machine does not change.
All Spitfires are exceptionally easy to land with no inherent tendency to swerve or groundloop.
One or two landings in the Spitfire and you are in love for life.
www.airandspacemagazine.com /ASM/Web/Special/Ethell/Pirep2.html   (1029 words)

 The Spitfire - An Operational History   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
To honour the 60th anniversary of the first flight of the Spitfire, perhaps one of the most famous fighter aircraft of all time, we present "Spitfire is 60", an operational history of this famous marque.
The history covers the period from delivery of the first operational Mk I Spitfire to the RAF in 1938, through its illustrious career in many theatres of World War II, to its final service days.
A list of flying examples in the UK, and Spitfires preserved in museums throughtout the rest of the world is also included for reference.
www.deltaweb.co.uk /spitfire   (135 words)

 Supermarine Spitfire I-III
Supermarine specialised in seaplanes and flying boats, but was keen to broaden its product range by building a fighter.
Operation of these unarmed PR Spitfires was so successful that soon a whole series of PR variants with increased fuel loads and a variety of camera installations were progressively converted from Mk I aircraft.
The Spitfire and Hurricane scored kills in almost direct proportion to their numbers in service, and thus the Hurricane scored considerably more kills than the Spitfire during the battle.
www.aeroflight.co.uk /types/uk/supermarine/spitfireI-III/Spitfire1.htm   (4081 words)

 The Royal Air Force - History Section   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The Spitfire came into being as a result of a new Air Ministry requirement for an interceptor fighter to respond to the growing threat of a modern Luftwaffe.
R J Mitchell, Chief Designer at Supermarine had a reputation for designing high speed airplanes, having been the designer of the successful Schneider Trophy Seaplanes in the late 20's and early 30's.
Armament for the new fighter was originally set at four machine guns, set in the wings, but this was later increased to eight machine guns, to ensure a lethal weight of fire in a typical three second burst.
www.raf.mod.uk /history/spit1.html   (594 words)

 Warbird Alley: Supermarine Spitfire
The Spitfire Mk I became operational at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, in July 1938, and as time went on, the Spitfire was to become one of the most versatile and most-modified aircraft in existence, with various wing designs, armament changes, and engine changes dictating its many identities.
Ten more Spitfire squadrons were on strength by the fall of 1940, when the Battle of Britain tested the nation's resolve and military resources.
The Spitfire, one of the most significant and revered fighter aircraft ever built, continues to steal the lion's share of attention at airshows and fly-ins.
www.warbirdalley.com /spit.htm   (759 words)

 The Supermarine Spitfire
The Supermarine Spitfire was much more than just a highly successful fighter aircraft.
It was, and indeed to many people still is, the symbol of victory against overwhelming odds and is probably the only fighter to achieve a truly legendary status.
In forty major variants it was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time, it flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and it was engaged in every major action fought by the Royal Air Force.
www.supermarine-spitfire.co.uk /spitfire.html   (360 words)

 ★ World War 2 Supermarine Spitfire Fighter Plane Photograph
The mini-series Piece of Cake depicted the life of a spitfire squadron during this period.
Martindale, seen here damaged after its flight on 27 April 1944 during which it achieved a true airspeed of 606 mph.During the spring of 1944 high speed diving trials were being performed at Farnborough to investigate the handling of aircraft at near the sound barrier.
Following World War II, and well into the 1960s the Spitfire remained in use with many air forces around the world, including the Egyptian Air Force, Irish Air Corps, Israeli Air Force, Syrian Air Force, Danish Air Force and Turkish Air Force.
www.mkiwi.com /New+Zealand+picture/Auckland+Photos/Spitfire.html   (1406 words)

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