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Supermarine Spitfire MkI[1]
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Spitfire Mk IA[2]

Origin Supermarine Aviation Works
Type Single Seat Fighter/Fighter bomber
Engine One 1,030hp Rolls Royce Merlin II
Fuel 85 Uk Gallons
Dimensions
Span 36ft 10in (11.23m)
Length 29ft 11in (9.12m)
Height 11ft 5in (3.48m)
Weights
Empty 4,810lb (2,182kg)
Loaded (Max) 5.784lb (2,624kg)
Performance
Speed 355 to 362mph
Initial climb 2,530ft (770m) per minute
Service Ceiling
Range 395 miles on internal fuel
Armament (Early I) Four 0.303in Browning machine guns (IA) Eight 0.303in Browning machine guns (IB) Two 20mm Hispano cannon and Four 0.303in Browning machine guns
History
First Flight (Production Mk I) July 1938
End of Production
End of service (Combat) 1942[N 1]
Operators (Mk I) Royal Air Force
Number Produced (Mk I) 1,566 - including limited number of Mk IBs with inner four machine guns replaced with two 20mm Hispano cannon.

HistoryEdit

Possibly the most famous combat aircraft in history, the Spitfire was designed by the dying Reginald Mitchell to Specification F.37/34, using the new Rolls Royce PV-12 engine.[N 2] It was the first all metal stressed skin fighter to go into production in Britain.[1]

The main versions in use during the period featured in Piece of Cake were the Mk IA with the Merlin II, and the similar Mk IIA with the 1,175hp Merlin XII.

Use in the MiniseriesEdit

Due to the lack of available airworthy Hawker Hurricanes, the miniseries featured at least five Spitfires of various marks. Those known to have been used were Mk IA AR213, Mk IXb MH434, Mk IXc MK297[3] and PR.XI PL983[4]

NotesEdit

  1. An early model Spitfire is still flying with the RAF as part of the BBMF.
  2. Later named Merlin

SourcesEdit

  1. 1.0 1.1 Illustrated Directory of fighting Aircraft of World War II. Written by Bill Gunston. Published by Salamander Books Ltd.
  2. HA Galleries
  3. Arnold, Peter. Article Where are they now? - The Battle of Britain, Fly Past Magazine October 1989.
  4. March 2000 issue of Aeroplane Monthly magazine,

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