World War II

1939-1945

Spitfire Technical Data

The spitfire was originally designed by R. J. Mitchell in 1931.

 

Mitchell continued to work on his design of the spitfire until his death in 1937 from cancer.

 

His colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer after Mitchell’s death

 

The super marine spitfire played a key role in the Battle of Britain.

 

The single seater fighter plane was quicker than than the Hawker Hurricane.

The Spitfires first flight was on 5 March 1936.

The Super Marine Spitfire

 

Crew: one pilot

Length: 30 ft (9.14 m)

Wingspan: 36 ft 10 in (11.23 m)

Height: 10 ft (3.05 m)

Wing area: 242.1 ft² (22.48 m²)

Airfoil: NACA 2209.4(tip)

Empty weight: 6,578 lb (2,984 kg)

Loaded weight: 7,923 lb (3,593 kg)

Max. takeoff weight: 8,488 lb (3,850 kg)

Powerplant: 1 × Rolls-Royce Griffon 65, supercharged V12 engine , 5-bladed Jablo-Rotol propeller, 2,050 hp (1,528 kW) at 8,000 ft (2,438 m)

 Performance

Maximum speed: 448 mph, (391 kn, 717 km/h)

Combat radius: 400 nmi (459 mi, 740 km)

Ferry range: 950 nmi (1,090 mi, 1,815 km)

Service ceiling: 43,500 ft (13,258 m)

Rate of climb: 3,650 ft/min (18.5 m/s)

Wing loading: 32.72 lb/ft² (159.8 kg/m²)

Power/mass: 0.24 hp/lb (0.42 kW/kg)

Armament

 

Guns:

2 × 20 mm (0.787-in) Hispano Mk II cannon, 120 rpg.

4 × 0.303 in (7.7 mm) Browning machine guns, 350 rpg. Replaced by 2 x .50 in (12.7 mm) M2 Browning machine guns 250 rpg Mk XIVE.

Bombs: 2 × 250 lb (113 kg) bombs

 

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