Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc

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VTOL | Rank 5 USA
AV-8A Harrier Pack
Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc
General characteristics
1 personCrew
3.90 tTake-off weight
3.25 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11500 mCeiling
Rolls-Royce Merlin-66Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
774 km/hStructural
270 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannonWeapon 1
240 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1400 roundsAmmunition
1000 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
Sl icon.png5600/5000/2600Repair
10000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
290000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
310 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png250 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
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GarageImage Plagis Spitfire LF Mk IXc.jpg

The Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc is a 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

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
 ?  ? 11,500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 320
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
 ?  ? 11,500  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 320


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Max Static G
+ -
774 260 ~12 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 321 < 400 < 450 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,200 m 1,380 hp 2,084 hp
Setting 2
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


Offensive armament

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

      Main article: Bombs

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

  • Without load
  • 1 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bomb (250 lb)

Usage in the 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 a 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 a 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

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


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

Pros and cons


  • One of the best climb rates of any propeller driven aircraft in the game
  • Excellent low altitude performance
  • Great all around maneuverability
  • 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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Fury  Fury Mk I · Fury Mk II
Nimrod  Nimrod Mk I · Nimrod Mk II
Gladiator  Gladiator Mk II · Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · Gladiator Mk IIF · Gladiator Mk IIS
Sea Gladiator  Sea Gladiator Mk I
Hurricane  Hurricane Mk I/L · Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Hurricane Mk IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire Mk IIb · Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · Spitfire Mk Vb · Spitfire Mk Vc/trop · Spitfire Mk Vc
Spitfire (late-Merlin)  Spitfire F Mk IX · Spitfire LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfire (Griffon)  Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire F Mk XIVe · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe · Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe · Spitfire F Mk 22 · Spitfire F Mk 24
Seafire  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
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Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
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