Supermarine Spitfire F Mk. XIVe
FIREPOWER
6
MANEUVERABILITY
7
CLIMB RATE
8
DURABILITY
5
SPEED
9
GROUND ATTACK
2

Crew
1
Primary Guns
2 x Browning M2 0.5" (12.7mm) machine guns with 250 rpg in wings.
Secondary Guns
2 x Hispano Mk.II 20mm cannon with 120 rpg in wings
Defensive Guns
Ordnance
1 x 535 lb (242 kg) bomb or 1 x 360 lb (163 kg) drop tank under fuselage, and/or 2 x 250 lb (113 kg) bombs under wings/
Engine(s)
1 x Rolls-Royce Griffon 65 in-line-V rated for 1,735 hp at sea level (2,050 hp with WEP)
Int Fuel Capacity
118 imp gal (536 l) containing 851 lbs (386 kg) in forward fuselage and two wing tanks.
Ext Fuel Capacity
360 lbs (163 kg) drop tank under fuselage.
Maximum Speeds
370 mph (595 kph) at sea level, 449 mph (722 kph) at 26,000 ft (7930 m).
Climb Rate
4,580 ft.per minute (1396 m/min), 5 min to 20,000 ft (6100 m).
Service Ceiling
44,500 ft (13560 m).
Range
460 – 850 miles (740 – 1367 km).
Wingspan
36 ft 10 in (11.23 m).
Length
32 ft 8 in (9.98 m).
Height
12 ft 8 in (3.89 m).
Loaded Weight
7,750 lbs (3515 kg)
Wing Area
242 sq ft (22.5 sq m).
Wing Loading
32.0 lbs/sq ft (156.1 kg/sq m).

History

With the success of the Mk.IX, the development of the Spitfire was able to take more radical turns. One such change was the replacement of the famous Merlin engine with the much more powerful Rolls-Royce Griffon fitted with the five-bladed Rotol propeller.

The Mk.XIV was the first Griffon-based Spitfire to be produced in large numbers, with a total of 957 being built. Early versions used the ‘С’ wing, though the ‘E’ wing became the later standard. Similarly, the first production fighter versions had the standard stepped canopy design, while the photo recon versions used a bubble canopy, which was used on later model fighter variants.

To improve range a 13-gallon fuel tank was installed in the leading edge of each wing. More importantly, the Mk.XIV was stressed to allow up to 1000 lbs. of bombs to be carried on wing and fuselage bomb mounts. The ‘E’ wing armament of two .50 caliber machine guns and two 20mm cannon was more than sufficient to bring down the fighters and medium bombers the plane was expected to face.

Strengths

  1. Speed — With a top speed of 450 mph, the Spitfire F Mk.XIVe is as fast as any other prop plane in the game.
  2. Acceleration — With one of the best power-to-weight ratios of any plane in the game, the Spitfire 14 can get to speed in a hurry.
  3. Energy Retention — The sleek racing lines of the Spitfire allow it to retain its energy well.

Weakness

  1. Durability — The light-weight Spitfire was unable to absorb any significant amount of damage.
  2. Range — Even with drop tank, the Spitfire runs out of fuel in a hurry and pilots should keep an eye on their fuel gauge.

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