SUPERMARINE Mk Vb SPITFIRE

Brief history

The spitfire was flown by the 109th Reconnaissance Squadron in Europe from 1942 to 1943. The version flown by the 109th was a photo reconnaissance aircraft. The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single seat fighter that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other allied countries throughout WWII. The Spitfire was designed as a short range, high performance interceptor aircraft. The first flight took place on 5 March, 1936 and was produced until 1948, there were a total of 20,351 aircraft built. The last operational Spitfire was retired in 1961.

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Description

Crew: 1
Length: 29 Feet, 11 Inches
Wingspan: 36 Feet, 10 Inches
Height: 11 Feet, 5 Inches
Engine: 1 Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 supercharged V12, 1,470 hp at 9,250 Feet
Maximum Speed: 378 MPH
Ferry Range: 991 Miles
Service Ceiling: 35,000 Feet
Armament: Two 20mm Hispano Mk II cannons, 60 rounds per gun, Four Browning machine guns, 350 rounds per gun. Two 250 pound bombs.

Interesting Facts

The museum Spitfire is a ¾ scale homebuilt replica given to the museum as a donation. Although the Spitfire is no longer an operational aircraft, examples regularly attend and can be seen flying at airshows.