Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. A photo. Characteristics.
Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. A photo. Characteristics.

Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. A photo. Characteristics.


United Kingdom

A type: single-engine fighter

Crew: one pilot

Aircraft Mk XIV, without a doubt, it was the plane "Spitfire" of the war, which required special treatment! The reason is simple - it is too strong engine Griffon influenced mainly handling the pre-war aircraft, especially during takeoff.

In fact, the first pilots of the Mk XIV aircraft noted in their reports about the aircraft's desire to "turn around their propeller" *. The available engine power exceeded what was required, even in view of the increased flight weight of this modification due to the reinforcement of the fuselage in preparation for the deployment of the new power plant. It was built only 957 serial aircraft Mk XIV. Perhaps the high point, the plane fell in the middle of 1944, when its high horizontal speed was used with great effect to counter the German F-1 (VI) projectiles. The Spitfire XIV could overtake any type of front-line aircraft, including the Tempest V.

In the last year of the war a significant number of aircraft "Spitfire" with the engine "Griffon» (Griffon) has also been sent to units in the Far East, although in most cases they arrived too late to take part in the fighting against the Japanese. A modification of Mk XIV was a photo reconnaissance plane PR for XIX, which is partially used in the last weeks of the war, when the first copies arrived 225 the front.


  • Length: 9,96 m
  • Wingspan: 11,23 m
  • Height: 3,86 m


Aircraft performance characteristics:

full speed: 721 km / h

Range of flight: 1368 km with fuel in the tanks suspended

The weight:

  • BLANK: 2994 kg
  • Maximum take-off: 3856 kg


Basic data

Power point: «Griffon» 61 on PR XIX and «Griffon» 65 / 66 on Mk XIV; company "Rolls-Royce"

Power: both motors on 2035 l. from. (1518,11 kW)

Date of first flight:

  • Summer 1943 years


The surviving airworthy modifications:

  • FR XIVC / E and PR XIX