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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a premium gift rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory"]]. The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of the plane Canadian pilot James Prendergast used in the No.414 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying reconnaissance and ground attack missions over Europe before the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day. It was removed from the store after the [[wt:en/news/5608-shop-summer-sale-independence-day-en|2018 Summer Independence Day Sale]].
The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a gift rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory"]]. The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of the plane Canadian pilot James Prendergast used in the No.414 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying reconnaissance and ground attack missions over Europe before the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day. It was removed from the store after the [[wt:en/news/5608-shop-summer-sale-independence-day-en|2018 Summer Independence Day Sale]].
 
  
The Spitfire FR Mk. XIVe was a purpose built low altitude Reconnaissance Airframe. This plane is an example of the 1945 "e" equipped with a clipped "e" type wing, allowing it to mount the respectable armament of 2 cannons and two .50 calibre, a camera for reconnaissance and have a bubble canopy. The short wing tips vastly increase the roll rate of the aircraft but sacrifice some horizontal and vertical manoeuvrability. The powerful Griffon Mk.65 allowed it to climb better than the majority of enemy fighters at nearly all attitudes; however, the performance drop at altitudes, compared to full winged XIVe's is noticeable.
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The Spitfire FR Mk. XIVe was a purpose built low altitude Reconnaissance Airframe. This plane is an example of the 1945 "e" equipped with a clipped "e" type wing, allowing it to mount the respectable armament of 2 cannons and two .50 calibre, a camera for reconnaissance and have a bubble canopy. The short wing tips vastly increase the roll rate of the aircraft but sacrifice some horizontal and vertical manoeuvrability. The powerful Griffon Mk.65 allowed it to climb better than the majority of enemy fighters at nearly all attitudes; however, the performance drop at altitudes, compared to full winged XIVe's is noticeable.
 
[[File:FighterImage_SpitfireFRXIVe 1.55.jpg|thumbnail|right|Prendergast's Spitfire in-game, as of patch 1.55]]
 
[[File:FighterImage_SpitfireFRXIVe 1.55.jpg|thumbnail|right|Prendergast's Spitfire in-game, as of patch 1.55]]
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
<!-- Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle. -->{| class="wikitable"
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''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
! rowspan="2" |Characteristics
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! colspan="2" |Max Speed
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="70%"
(km/h at _,___ m)
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 8,077 m)
(metres)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
! colspan="2" |Turn time
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
(seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
! colspan="2" |Rate of climb
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
(metres/second)
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! rowspan="2" |Take-off run
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
(metres)
 
 
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|-
!AB
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! Stock
!RB
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| ___ || ___ || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || rowspan="2" | 400
!AB
 
!RB
 
!AB
 
!RB
 
 
|-
 
|-
!Stock
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! Upgraded
|___
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| ___ || ___ || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._
|___
 
| rowspan="2" |12,000
 
|__._
 
|__._
 
|__._
 
|__._
 
| rowspan="2" |400
 
 
|-
 
|-
!Upgraded
 
|___
 
|___
 
|__._
 
|__._
 
|__._
 
|__._
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
====Details====
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==== Details ====
{| class="wikitable"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
! colspan="5" |Features
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|-
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! colspan="5" | Features
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|-
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
 
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|-
!Combat flaps
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| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
!Take-off flaps
 
!Landing flaps
 
!Air brakes
 
!Arrestor gear
 
 
|-
 
|-
|X
 
|X
 
|✓
 
|X
 
|✓
 
 
|}
 
|}
{| class="wikitable"
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! colspan="7" |Limits
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
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! colspan="7" | Limits
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
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! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
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|-
! rowspan="2" |Wings (km/h)
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
! rowspan="2" |Gear (km/h)
 
! colspan="3" |Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" |Max Static G
 
 
|-
 
|-
!Combat
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || N/A || N/A || 260 || ~10 || ~6
!Take-off
 
!Landing
 
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!-
 
 
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|{{Specs|destruction|body}}
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|{{Specs|destruction|gear}}
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|___
 
|___
 
|___
 
|~15
 
|~9
 
|}<!--! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)-->
 
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
 
|-
 
|-
! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
|-
 
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 470 || > 250
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 350 || > 500
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
{| class="wikitable"
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!Compressor
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!Optimal altitude
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! colspan="3" | Compressor (RB/SB)
!100% Engine power
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!WEP Engine power
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! colspan="3" | Setting 1
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! Optimal altitude
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! 100% Engine power
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! WEP Engine power
 
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|-
!Setting 1
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| 4,600 m || 1,510 hp || 2,129 hp
|___m
 
|___hp
 
|___hp
 
 
|-
 
|-
!Setting 2
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! colspan="3" | Setting 2
|8,600 m
 
|1,320 hp
 
|1,824 hp
 
|}<!--! colspan="3" | Setting 3
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! Optimal altitude
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp  
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| 8,600 m || 1,320 hp || 1,824 hp
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=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
 
* 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
 
* 4 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat
 
* 4 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat
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== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|M2 Browning (12.7 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
*2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (135 rpg = 270 total)
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* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (135 rpg = 270 total)
*2 x 12.7 mm Browning M2 machine gun, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)
  
The armament of 1 x Hispano MK II and 1 x M2 browning 12.7 mm Mg per wing is more than adequate for all but the heaviest of targets, cannon ammunition is low at only 120 RPG or 240 total. 20 mm ammo should be conserved as much as possible .50 calibre should be used vs. soft targets and on shots intended to force an enemy to manoeuvre. Neither can damage AI medium or heavy tanks but both can damage pillboxes when aimed properly.
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The armament of 1 x Hispano Mk.II and 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun per wing is more than adequate for all but the heaviest of targets, cannon ammunition is low at only 120 RPG or 240 total. 20 mm ammo should be conserved as much as possible .50 calibre should be used vs. soft targets and on shots intended to force an enemy to manoeuvre. Neither can damage AI medium or heavy tanks but both can damage pillboxes when aimed properly.
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
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{{main|G.P. Mk.IV (500 lb)}}
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
  
 
* Without load
 
* Without load
* 1 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bomb
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* 1 x 500 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (500 lb total)
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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Make sure to climb every match, better off having too much energy than too little. 30-45 minutes of fuel is practically required in RB  
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Make sure to climb every match, better off having too much energy than too little. 30-45 minutes of fuel is practically required in RB
 
When faced with an enemy of lower “E” (energy) state at equivalent altitude, zoom climbing and the diving is incredibly effective. This can even be effective VS the infamous Yak 3P.
 
When faced with an enemy of lower “E” (energy) state at equivalent altitude, zoom climbing and the diving is incredibly effective. This can even be effective VS the infamous Yak 3P.
  
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Head to head is possible but not recommended due to the fragile engine, a better tactic is to fake a head on but use your roll and turn speeds to dodge the enemy. However, Hispano cannons are very effective at due to their lack of tracers, high velocity and damage.
 
Head to head is possible but not recommended due to the fragile engine, a better tactic is to fake a head on but use your roll and turn speeds to dodge the enemy. However, Hispano cannons are very effective at due to their lack of tracers, high velocity and damage.
  
===Manual Engine Control===
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" |Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
! rowspan="2" |Pitch
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
! colspan="3" |Radiator
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
 
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|-
! Oil
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
! Water
 
! Type  
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Separate || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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| Not controllable || Controllable<br>Auto control available || Not controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Auto control available || Combined || Controllable<br>2 gears || Not controllable
 
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|-
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
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* Fast climber (best at roughly 300 kph (185 mph) at 20 degrees)
* Fast climber (best at roughly 300 kph (185 mph) at 20 degrees)  
 
 
* Excellent vertical manoeuvrability
 
* Excellent vertical manoeuvrability
 
* Good zoom climber
 
* Good zoom climber
 
* Fast acceleration
 
* Fast acceleration
* Fast roll rate  
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* Fast roll rate
 
* Well-armed
 
* Well-armed
 
* Cools well at 100% throttle
 
* Cools well at 100% throttle
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
 
 
* Engine is water cooled and susceptible to damage
 
* Engine is water cooled and susceptible to damage
 
* Requires slow landing speeds
 
* Requires slow landing speeds
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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=== In-game description ===
 
=== In-game description ===
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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.
 
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.
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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.
 
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.
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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{{Youtube-gallery|MNacjyimuCQ|'''The Shooting Range #95''' - ''Metal Beasts'' section at 03:42 discusses the Spitfire FR Mk XIVe.|YrotBJk-VYk|'''The Shooting Range #124''' - ''War Machines'' section at 00:28 discusses the Griffons.}}
 
{{Youtube-gallery|MNacjyimuCQ|'''The Shooting Range #95''' - ''Metal Beasts'' section at 03:42 discusses the Spitfire FR Mk XIVe.|YrotBJk-VYk|'''The Shooting Range #124''' - ''War Machines'' section at 00:28 discusses the Griffons.}}
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
 
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
''Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:''
 
''Paste links to sources and external resources, such as:''
 
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
 
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''

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Spitfire FR Mk XIVe
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This page is about the gift British fighter Spitfire FR Mk XIVe. For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).

Description

GarageImage Spitfire FR Mk XIVe.jpg


The Prendergast's Spitfire FR Mk XIVe is a premium gift rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB/SB) and 5.7 (RB). It was introduced in Update 1.49 "Weapons of Victory". The plane is painted after the camouflage scheme of the plane Canadian pilot James Prendergast used in the No.414 Squadron of the Royal Canadian Air Force, flying reconnaissance and ground attack missions over Europe before the Allied invasion of Normandy on D-Day. It was removed from the store after the 2018 Summer Independence Day Sale.

The Spitfire FR Mk. XIVe was a purpose built low altitude Reconnaissance Airframe. This plane is an example of the 1945 "e" equipped with a clipped "e" type wing, allowing it to mount the respectable armament of 2 cannons and two .50 calibre, a camera for reconnaissance and have a bubble canopy. The short wing tips vastly increase the roll rate of the aircraft but sacrifice some horizontal and vertical manoeuvrability. The powerful Griffon Mk.65 allowed it to climb better than the majority of enemy fighters at nearly all attitudes; however, the performance drop at altitudes, compared to full winged XIVe's is noticeable.

Prendergast's Spitfire in-game, as of patch 1.55

General info

Flight performance

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 8,077 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock ___ ___ 12000 __._ __._ __._ __._ 400
Upgraded ___ ___ __._ __._ __._ __._

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wings (km/h) Gear (km/h) Flaps (km/h) Max Static G
Combat Take-off Landing + -
794 260 N/A N/A 260 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 321 < 400 < 350 > 500
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 - Armored windscreen
  • 4 mm Steel plates in pilot's seat
  • 4-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate between the fuselage fuel tank and oil cooling system
  • 6 mm Steel plate in front of liquid cooling system
  • 3 mm Steel boxes around wing ammunition

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Spitfire FR Mk XIVe is armed with:

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

The armament of 1 x Hispano Mk.II and 1 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun per wing is more than adequate for all but the heaviest of targets, cannon ammunition is low at only 120 RPG or 240 total. 20 mm ammo should be conserved as much as possible .50 calibre should be used vs. soft targets and on shots intended to force an enemy to manoeuvre. Neither can damage AI medium or heavy tanks but both can damage pillboxes when aimed properly.

Suspended armament

Main article: G.P. Mk.IV (500 lb)

The Spitfire FR Mk XIVe can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

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

Usage in battles

Make sure to climb every match, better off having too much energy than too little. 30-45 minutes of fuel is practically required in RB When faced with an enemy of lower “E” (energy) state at equivalent altitude, zoom climbing and the diving is incredibly effective. This can even be effective VS the infamous Yak 3P.

Rope-a-dope and scissors make good defensive tactics; lowering throttle may be needed to compensate for the lack of flaps. Also using the high roll speed and decent turning can throw off an enemies aim but will cost you some speed.

Conserve ammo! Use your MG’s to conserve cannon ammo whenever possible.

Head to head is possible but not recommended due to the fragile engine, a better tactic is to fake a head on but use your roll and turn speeds to dodge the enemy. However, Hispano cannons are very effective at due to their lack of tracers, high velocity and damage.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 12 mm Offensive 20 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 12 mm MGs New 20 mm cannons
III Wings repair Engine Mk.II year 1942 HMBC mk.2
IV Engine injection Cover Mk.II year 1943
This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Fast climber (best at roughly 300 kph (185 mph) at 20 degrees)
  • Excellent vertical manoeuvrability
  • Good zoom climber
  • Fast acceleration
  • Fast roll rate
  • Well-armed
  • Cools well at 100% throttle
  • Dive speeds and handling is very good

Cons:

  • Engine is water cooled and susceptible to damage
  • Requires slow landing speeds
  • Higher stall speed than unclipped Spitfires
  • Low ammo for cannons
  • Lacks Combat flaps
  • WEP has considerably higher fuel usage, take at least 30 minutes, preferably 45

History

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In-game description

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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Supermarine
Spitfires (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 LF Mk IX · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XVI
Spitfires (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
Seafires  Seafire F Mk XVII · Seafire FR 47
Jet fighters  Attacker FB 1 · Attacker FB.2 · Scimitar F Mk.1 · Swift F.1 · Swift F.7
Export  ▄Spitfire Mk Vb/trop · ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc · ▂Spitfire Mk IXc

Britain fighters
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
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
MB  MB.5
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
Typhoon  Typhoon Mk Ia · Typhoon Mk Ib · Typhoon Mk Ib/L
Tempest  Tempest Mk II · Tempest Mk V
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Twin-engine fighters  Hornet Mk.I · Hornet Mk.III · Whirlwind Mk I · Whirlwind P.9
  Foreign:
Australia  ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
France  ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
USA  Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA

Britain premium aircraft
Fighters  Tuck's Gladiator Mk II · ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II · ▄D.520
  Martlet Mk IV · ▄Corsair F Mk II · ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Thunderbolt Mk.1 · ▄Mustang Mk IA
  Hurricane Mk.I/L FAA M · Spitfire Mk.IIa Venture I · Spitfire F Mk IXc · Plagis' Spitfire LF Mk IXc · Spitfire F Mk XIVc · Spitfire FR Mk XIVe
  Typhoon Mk Ib · MB.5
Twin-engine fighters  Hornet Mk.I · Whirlwind P.9
Jet fighters  Attacker FB.2 · Hunter FGA.9 · Meteor F Mk.8 Reaper
Strike aircraft  ▄Wirraway · Wyvern S4 · Harrier GR.1
Bombers  ▄Avenger Mk II · ▄Boston Mk I · ▄Catalina Mk IIIa · ▄DB-7 · ▄Havoc Mk I · ▄Hudson Mk V · Swordfish Mk II