Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA)
|This page is about the American fighter Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA). For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).|
The ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc is a premium rank IV American fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB) and 5.0 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
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||< 350||> 470|
|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 in front of the pilot
- 3 mm Steel plate on top of fuel tanks
- 4 mm Steel plate on pilot's seat. Behind pilot is another 6-7 mm steel plate
- 3 mm Steel plates around ammunition
- Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
- Additional fuel tanks are located in the wings near the fuselage
The Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA) 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 Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- Without load
- 1 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (250 lb total)
Usage in battles
All Spitfire versions served primarily as fighter aircraft. Due to its high manoeuvrability, the Spitfire LF Mk IXc excels in dogfighting, matched only by a few opponents (mainly Japanese). Due to its vulnerabilities, namely its low ammunition load and somewhat flimsy airframe, it is not recommended to attack bombers with heavy defensive armament. Its climb rate is one of the Spitfire's greatest advantages, being able to outclimb many rivals at its rank. Despite this, it is not recommended to try to catch up with zoom-climbing enemy fighters, because the Spitfire will most likely run out of speed before you manage to engage the opponent. Therefore, go into a shallow but high-speed climb to patiently gain the same altitude as the foe. Do not waste too much speed or altitude to the Boom & Zoom bounce from above, or else it will not work. In emergency situations, when an opponent is diving onto you, your speed is insufficient to face them and, when there are no clouds to hide in, you can descend to the tree-top level and use sharp turns and preferably uneven terrain to make dive attacks impossible for your opponent. He will most likely have to pull up before he can attack, due to his high speed. Exactly at that moment when he is pulling up, you can take initiative.
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
- Excellent rate of climb which will rival later Griffon Spitfires and most late war props
- Excellent acceleration from a standing start due to the boost configuration
- Good manoeuvrability, albeit lower than other Spitfires (I-V Marks)
- Features the British 7.7 mm 303 Browning machine guns
- Tendency to break its wings during high-speed manoeuvres
- Very low ammunition count, must be very conservative
- Poor engine performance at high altitudes
- Expensive to purchase
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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (Type 361) single-engine interceptor fighter/front-line fighter
A single-seat, single-engine, all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter.
Not only the British but also quite a few pilots from other countries fought on Supermarine Spitfire fighters. The Americans used Spitfires, as well..
The beginning of the Spitfire was marked by volunteers who had joined the ranks of the British RAF before the USA joined the war. In 1941, there were three full-fledged American fighter squadrons in Britain, named the Eagles. The Americans originally flew Hurricanes, but in August 1941 they started their retraining on Spitfires. Until the autumn of 1942, the Eagles were common British squadrons with the corresponding staff, uniforms, and markings. On September 29, 1942, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement, the Eagles were transferred to the command of the Eighth Air Force of the USAAF, located in Great Britain. Three squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Wing, and the tricolour British cockades on the planes were replaced with American ones.
Beginning in 1942, a number of the USAAF's fighter units which had arrived at the West European theatre of war without planes received British fighters as part of the so-called "Reverse Lend-Lease". These squadrons were originally based in Great Britain. Later, they were also based in North Africa. A total of about 1,000 Spitfires of various versions were handed over to the USAAF by the RAF.
For example, the 52d Fighter Wing was redeployed in July 1942 from the USA over the ocean to Northern Ireland. It was there that American fighter pilots had to master the Spitfire. The Americans flew Spitfires when they joined the North African Campaign in November 1942. American pilots fought in Spitfires in the North African theatre of war until the German troops were defeated in May 1943.
The Americans used Spitfires (Mk.VIII and Mk.IX variants) in the skies over Italy as part of the Twelfth Air Force. By March 1944, the majority of the British planes had been replaced with Mustangs, but there were still some planes with those white stars on their fuselages all the way up until the Capitulation of Germany.
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