Seafire LF Mk.III (France)

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This page is about the fighter Seafire LF Mk.III (France). For the British version, see Seafire LF Mk.III. For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).
▄Seafire LF Mk.III
▄Seafire LF Mk.III
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Description

The ▄Seafire LF Mk.III is a rank IV French fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB/RB/SB). It was introduced in Update "Winged Lions".

The Seafire LF Mk.III was developed from the previous Seafire Mk.IIc which was a navalized version of a Spitfire Mk. Vc with modifications for carrier operations. France bought 141 Seafire LF Mk.III after the war and they saw combat above Indochina.

General info

Flight performance

Arrestor gear
Accelerates braking by grabbing the brake cable on the deck of the aircraft carrier
Max speed
at 3 963 m592 km/h
Turn time16 s
Max altitude10 500 m
EngineRolls-Royce Merlin-55M
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight3 t

The Seafire has an abysmal climb rate, it is also quite slow for a plane at its BR. Side climbing is advised. The turn time is slightly worse than the Spitfire LF Mk IX but still good enough to outturn most of your foes. The engine overheats rather quickly when using WEP, so avoid prolonged use.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 3,963 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 561 541 10500 17.2 17.8 14.6 14.6 340
Upgraded 627 592 15.7 16.2 26.9 19.5

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
760 270 N/A N/A 230 ~10 ~5
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 321 < 400 < 350 > 500

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural760 km/h
Gear270 km/h
Armour plates
  • 7 mm steel plate behind the 4 mm steel pilot seat
  • 6 mm steel headrest
  • 38 mm front armoured glass
  • 3 mm steel plate protecting liquid cooling system
  • 3 mm steel boxes protecting magazines in wings
Modules
  • Vital components located at front of the aircraft (engine, fuel tank, pilot, radiator)
  • One self-sealing fuel tank, one non self-sealing located above each other in front of the cockpit

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 140 → 2 769 Sl icon.png
RB6 330 → 8 191 Sl icon.png
SB8 300 → 10 740 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications47 000 Rp icon.png
85 600 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 500 Ge icon.png
Crew training52 000 Sl icon.png
Experts180 000 Sl icon.png
Aces940 Ge icon.png
Research Aces480 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
80 / 200 / 320 % Sl icon.png
166 / 166 / 166 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
5 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 300 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
5 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 300 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
bmg303_belt_pack
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
hispano_belt_pack
Research:
2 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
170 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
bmg303_new_gun
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
hispano_mk2_new_gun
Research:
2 600 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 700 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gun camora mod.png
Mk.II year 1942
Research:
3 900 Rp icon.png
Cost:
7 100 Sl icon.png
270 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gun camora mod.png
Mk.II year 1943
Research:
5 100 Rp icon.png
Cost:
9 300 Sl icon.png
360 Ge icon.png

The 20 mm cannon belts should be the first upgrade to be researched due to the very poor stock belt. After that, research the first cannon upgrade module to reduce spread and overheating. Unlock then flight performance upgrades: radiator first due to the rather fast overheating of the engine when using WEP. After that, it is up to the pilot to decide if they would rather profit from better weaponry or flight performance.

Armaments

Offensive armament

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

The Seafire LF Mk.III (France) 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)

The wing-mounted machine guns are very hard to use at distances over 300 m due to their placement in wing. Cannons does not have such issue as they are closer to the wing roots.

Usage in battles

The Seafire LF Mk.III is a jack of all trades, but master of none. The Seafire does not climb well, so after start of battle, pilots should side climb, stay at around 3,000 m of altitude and let better climbing teammates tackle the first wave of enemy interceptors, trying to pick off those that managed to dive down. Still retaining great turning capabilities, the pilot is advised to force enemies into turnfighting where they bleed their energy and become vulnerable. Avoid head-ons at all cost due to the very fragile radiator and engine: even a single bullet will take it out.

Enemies worth noting
  • Bf 109
  • Fw 190
  • A6M series
  • P-47 Thunderbolt
  • Yak-3/9
  • La-7
  • Ki-84

All the enemies in the list above can outclimb you, and also outrun you with the exception of the A6Ms. However, all those foes (except the A6Ms) can be outturned by the Seafire in an horizontal engagement.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Great sustainable turn rate
  • Quite strong armament
  • Clear visibility from cockpit with no frames obstructing view

Cons:

  • Abysmal climb rate
  • Low max speed compared to opponents
  • Very fragile vital components

History

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Media

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See also

External links

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