Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc
|This page is about the gift British fighter Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc. For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).|
The Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc is a premium gift rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB) and 5.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory". The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of the plane used by Southern Rhodesian pilot John Plagis of the No.126 Squadron, Royal Air Force.
The Spitfire LF Mk IX is very much a short range, point interceptor fighter and the stand out fighter in the mid-Spitfire lineup. It features an exceptional rate of climb, whilst still retaining the manoeuvrability of its early lineage. The LF IX is considered by most to be the perfect Spitfire due to its balanced all-round performance and impressive statistics. The last of the Merlin engine Spitfires before progressing on to the Griffon powered variants, has the perfect balance of turning performance (second only to its Japanese counterparts) as well as its "Boom and Zoom" capability that becomes more possible with later model Spitfires.
Manual Engine Control usage
As with all the other British planes, this plane is also very forgiving when using Manual Engine Settings
Prop pitch: This should be set to 100% when climbing to utilize its superior climb rate. This will come in handy both at the start of a match and during combat. However when in level flight or chasing another plane this can be set back as far to 70-80% to get a few more kph (or mph).
Radiator: as soon as you unlock the radiator module you can set this to 30% and leave it there for the entire match. On Sicily however, you want to set it to 35-40% until you reach 6,000 m (19,685 feet)
Supercharger: Switching this at 2,000 m (6,561 feet) will give you quite a boost in performance and it will retain it's climb rate up until 4,500 m after it will suffer miserably but still climb better than almost every plane. Therefore the supercharger gears should be switched at 2 km (6,561 feet) altitude
Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 321||< 400||< 450||> 250|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|3,200 m||1,380 hp||2,084 hp|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|6,200 m||1,310 hp||1,978 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
- 4 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat
- 6-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
- 3 mm Steel plates above and around the fuselage fuel tank
- 3 mm Steel plates around the wing ammunition
Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc is armed with:
- 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
- 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 1 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (250 lb total)
Usage in battles
Plagis' Spitfire is a capable fighter which plays similar to the Spitfire Mk.IX, but with minor changes.
A recommended play-style is climbing directly through the enemies climb path to cut it off and get directly above them using your superior climb rate. This will stop them from getting above you into their favourable territory.
- If this fails, try baiting the enemy planes down to a lower altitude and turn engaging in a turn fight with them.
Some tactics to drag them down without getting shot down yourself are these:
- When they are diving on your six pull up to a 40-degree angle, when they are 0.80 km away from you, please note that this only works when they approach from a high angle, otherwise roll down and then hard left.
- When they engage from the sides roll and go towards their direction, do not perform a head-on but dive under them, if they follow they will burn a lot of energy.
- If they engage from the front for a boom and zoom dive down and turn hard left and then immediately a hard right shaking them off or wasting their energy.
As for climbing, the optimal airspeed is 240 kph, or use 20 degrees for a rush and 30 degrees to gain altitude fast. Do not dive over 700 kph if this happens, pull up slowly. Wings will rip with positive G forces at 540 kph after that make small turns. The aircraft can not handle negative G forces at all, only perform under 300 km/h recommended to roll over.
Manual Engine Control
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
|I||Fuselage repair||Radiator||Offensive 7 mm||Offensive 20 mm|
|II||Compressor||Airframe||New 7 mm MGs||New 20 mm cannons|
|III||Wings repair||Engine||SBC mark 25||Mk.II year 1942|
|IV||150 octane fuel||Engine injection||Cover||Mk.II year 1943|
|This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase|
Pros and cons
- One of the best climb rates of any propeller driven aircraft in the game
- Excellent low altitude performance
- Great all around manoeuvrability
- Good low-level performance (below 7 km)
- The .303 Brownings have similar ballistics with the Hispanos and can act as a guide when aiming
- Good dive control
- Great energy retention
- Not a lot of ammo, must be conservative when shooting
- Hispanos tend to jam quick, leaving you with only the machine guns
- Poor mid-high altitude performance
- Fragile, will not take any punishment at all
- .303 Brownings don't do much damage
- Really low flap ripping speed
- Average acceleration
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