Spitfire F Mk XIVe

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Spitfire F Mk XIVe
spitfire_mk14e.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.3/5.7/5.0BR
1 personCrew
3.3 tEmpty weight
4.6 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
12 000 mCeiling
sec20.3/20.3/19.5Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
Rolls-Royce Griffon-65Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
794 km/hStructural
260 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 х 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannonWeapon 1
270 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
2 х 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
520 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 х 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
Economy
75 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
250 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png9 552 / 12 417/11 394 / 14 812/3 290 / 4 277Repair
72 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
250 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.66 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
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Description

The Spitfire F Mk XIVe in the garage


The Spitfire F Mk XIVe is a Rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB), 5.7 (RB), and 5.3 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.41.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 8,537 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 12 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 400
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 8,537 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 12 000  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 400

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
794 260 N/A ~13 ~8
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 321 < 400 < 470 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,600 m 1,510 hp 2,129 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
8,600 m 1,320 hp 1,824 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in cockpit front.
  • 4 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat.
  • 4-7 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.
  • 3 mm Steel boxes around the wing ammunition.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate between fuel tanks.
  • 6 mm Steel plate in front of liquid cooling system.
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings leading edge

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Spitfire F Mk XIVe is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, wing-mounted (135 rpg = 270 total)
  • 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

The Spitfire F Mk XIVe can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Very good at turning, especially at high altitude
  • Excellent climb rate
  • Very accurate guns when modifications have been researched and equipped
  • Lots of ammo for cannons and machine guns
  • Very powerful engine that provides a very good acceleration
  • Very good dive rate
  • Can perform turnfights, BnZ and energy fighting equally.
  • Good roll rate.

Cons:

  • Performance at low altitude is somewhat inadequate
  • Guns perform badly when stock
  • Wings are prone to breaking when diving at a very high speed just like any other Spitfire model
  • Poor performance and maneuverability at low altitude
  • No combat flaps configuration
  • Unable to carry ordnance larger than a small bomb

History

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV was a single engine, single seat fighter which served with the Royal Air Force during the Second World War. In 1941 the Spitfire Mk.IV was the first Spitfire to be trialed with the new Rolls Royce Griffon engine. By the time the Griffon Spitfire entered service with the RAF in February 1943, subsequent modifications had redesignated the aircraft as the Spitfire Mk.XII. As successful as this new Spitfire was at low altitudes, the Mk.XII’s performance was actually inferior to the Merlin engine Mk.IX at medium and high altitudes. Thus, the Spitfire Mk.XIV entered service as an interim fix. Fitted with a Rolls Royce Griffon 65 with two-stage supercharger producing 2050 hp, the Mk.XIV immediately corrected many of the performance shortcomings suffered by the Mk.XII. The fuselage was strengthened to harness the powerful engine and a five bladed Rotol propeller replaced the earlier four bladed examples. Early models were fitted with the Type C wing although later Mk.XIVs were equipped with the Type E wing housing two 20mm Hispano cannons and two .50 caliber Browning machine guns or four 20mm cannons, as well as a high visibility teardrop canopy. A common modification to the Mk.XIV was the clipped wing, which increased roll rate and gave a marginal increase to speed, but at the most of rate of climb. 

The Spitfire Mk.XIV entered service with Nos. 91, 322 and 610 Squadrons in southeast England where it saw notable success as an interceptor against V-1 Flying Bombs but also as part of the 2nd Tactical Air Force in operations over occupied Europe. Spitfire Mk.XIVs were also planned for use in the Far East but whilst a number of airframes were shipped to Burma, none were operational before the end of the war. The Spitfire Mk.XIV met mixed reviews from its pilots; whilst there was no doubt of the huge performance increase the new variant offered, it was uncomfortable to fly and lacked the balance and control harmonization of earlier Merlin engine Spitfires. Just under 1000 Spitfire Mk.XIVs were produced with exports being employed by the Air Forces of India, Belgium and Thailand.

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