Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc

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This page is about the premium gift British fighter Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc. For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).
Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc
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Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc
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Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc is a premium gift rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 5.7 (RB), and 5.0 (SB). It was introduced as a premium pack in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory" and was removed from the Gaijin store in May 2016. It has been made available again in the store for the 2020 "80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain" event and the 2021 May sale. It has also been available in-game for Golden Eagles Ge icon.png for a limited time during the British 2018 "Royal Air Force Centenary", the 2021 and 2022 "Battle of Britain Day" and the 2022 "Spitfire Mk.IX first flight" mini-events.

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.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 4 878 m659 km/h
Turn time15 s
Max altitude11 500 m
EngineRolls-Royce Merlin-66
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight4 t

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.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
Stock 632 611 11500 16.4 17.0 22.2 22.2 320
Upgraded 731 690 14.8 14.8 43.3 31.8


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
774 270 N/A N/A 230 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 321 < 400 < 450 > 250

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural774 km/h
Gear270 km/h
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured 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

Modifications and economy

Repair cost
AB1 490 Sl icon.png
RB5 120 Sl icon.png
SB3 930 Sl icon.png
Crew training10 000 Sl icon.png
Experts290 000 Sl icon.png
Aces940 Ge icon.png
Research Aces960 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
Talisman.png 2 × 70 / 220 / 330 % Sl icon.png
Talisman.png 2 × 166 / 166 / 166 % Rp icon.png
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
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Fuselage repair
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Wings repair
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Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
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150 octane fuel
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SBC mark 25
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Mk.II year 1942
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Mk.II year 1943


Offensive armament

Ammunition240 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition1 400 rounds
Fire rate1 000 shots/min

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)

Suspended armament

List of setups (1)
Setup 11 x 250 lb AN-M57 bomb
Main article: AN-M57 (250 lb)

Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 250 lb AN-M57 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 km/h, or use 20 degrees for a rush and 30 degrees to gain altitude fast. Do not dive over 700 km/h if this happens, pull up slowly. Wings will rip with positive G forces at 540 km/h 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

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Combined Controllable
2 gears
Not controllable

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 km/h (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.

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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Notable pilots

Top scoring Southern Rhodesian ace pilot John Plagis and highest scoring pilot of Greek origin of WW II. Plagis flew the Spitfire Mk IXc towards the end of the war before transitioning to Mustang IIIs.



See also

Other late Merlin-engine LF variant Spitfires

External links

Merlin engine  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb
  Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop
  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
  Spitfire LF Mk IX · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc
Griffon engine  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Export  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc · Spitfire Mk IXc · Spitfire Mk.IX (CW) · Spitfire LF Mk.IXe Weizman's
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Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
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Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V
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