Spitfire F Mk 22

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Spitfire F Mk 22
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This page is about the British fighter Spitfire F Mk 22. For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).


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The Spitfire F Mk 22 is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB), 6.3 (RB), and 6.0 (SB). This fighter was introduced in Update 1.39.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 8,232 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
703 687 11,800 19.6 20.8 16.0 18.5 420
Max Speed
(km/h at 8,232 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
784 740 11,800 17.8 18.2 35.7 23.7 420


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
875 260  ??? ~12 ~7
Optimal velocities
< 482 < 400 < 470 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,600 m 1,510 hp 2,190 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
8,600 m 1,360 hp 1,933? hp

Survivability and armour

  • 42.8 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 4 mm Steel - Armored pilot seat
  • 4 mm Steel - Armor plate behind the pilot seat
  • 7 mm Steel - Armor plate behind the pilot seat
  • 3 mm Steel - Armored boxes around the wing ammunition (each wing)
  • 12.7 mm Steel - Armored plate between fuel tanks.
  • 6 mm Steel - Armored plate in front of the liquid cooling system.


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)

The Spitfire F Mk 22 is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (175 rpg inner + 150 rpg outer = 650 total)

The Spitfire F Mk 22 can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
  • 3 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (750 lb total)
  • 2 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,000 lb total)
  • 1 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb + 2 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 3 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bombs (1,500 lb total)
  • 6 x 76 mm RP-3 rockets

Usage in the battles

The new wing shape and larger control surfaces of the 22/24 series are a distinctive feature of the aircraft.

The Spitfire F Mk 22 an excellent plane in realistic battle with relatively few weakness, henceforth the enemy will have a really hard time shaking the Spitfire off of its tail and only few will succeed.

It is very important to avoid hard turning or rolling above 500 kph IAS, because the plane may lose its wing.

The main task for a pilot is to utilize the great climb rate (altitude = control engagements). Target altitude should usually be around 5-6 km on smaller maps and 6-7 km on larger maps such as Norway and Spain. The main form of attack (especially when there are more fighters around the target) is Boom & Zoom. Energy fighting is an option too, if in 1 vs 1 situation. The Griffon Spitfire is an excellent energy fighter, the namesake Griffon engine provides a tremendous amount of horsepower which can be used instead of energy retention (-> Boom & Zoom). Remember to maintain speed, altitude advantage, and judge the enemies energy state.

Specific enemies worth noting

Griffon Spitfire can keep up with most enemies in turn fights, excluding most Japanese fighters and Bf 109s, both of which are more agile. Try to maintain a speed of between 500-400 kph IAS; this is where the plane maintains great agility, turning bellow this velocity against planes such as the 109G-14 is really not recommended. When fighting Soviet fighters it is NOT recommended to duel them between 1-4 km altitude.

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 HSBC mk.2 HSBC mk.3
II Compressor Airframe HMBC mk.2 HMBC mk.3
III Wings Repair Engine Offensive 20 mm HRC mk.8
IV Engine Injection Cover New 20 mm Cannons
  • The Griffon is Energy fighter/Boom & Zoom plane (suggested upgrade order):
  1. Fuselage Repair
  2. Radiator
  3. Compressor
  4. Airframe
  5. Offensive 20 mm
  6. Engine
  7. Wings Repair
  8. Fuel Injection
  9. Cover (many of the upgrades are crucial to boosting the aircraft's speed and climb rate)

Pros and cons


  • 4 x cannons with a high rate of fire
  • Excellent climb rate
  • Quite agile at medium and higher speeds
  • Very responsive elevator(starts to lock at speeds above 600 kph IAS)
  • Brutal acceleration when using WEP
  • Good performance at higher altitudes
  • Good roll rate


  • From time to time, pitted against jets which can be tricky to outmanoeuvre
  • Poor agility at lower speeds and significant drag/mass ratio at high speeds limits optimal combat speed range
  • Easily set on fire due to the location of the fuel tanks
  • Landing gear rips very easily during take-off and landing travelling in excess of 260 kph
  • Landing flaps also break off at roughly the same speed as the gear
  • Somewhat sluggish without utilizing WEP


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In-game description

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.22 was a single engine, single seat fighter which served with the Royal Air Force during the early post war period. When the first Rolls Royce Griffon equipped Spitfires were tested it was obvious that a stronger airframe would be needed to harness the full power of the new engine. Added to this was the requirement for a much stiffer wing; the result of these findings was the Spitfire Mk.21. The Mk.21 was also fitted with larger ailerons and the same 2050 hp Griffon 65 engine which was fitted to the Mk.XIV and Mk.XVIII. By this point in the aircraft’s life, the Spitfire was so different from RJ Mitchell’s original concept that the notion of renaming the new aircraft the ‘Victor’ was considered.

The Air Fighting Development Unit at RAF Boscombe Down began to test the Mk.21 in late 1944, but were deeply unhappy with the new Spitfire and recommended that no further attempts were made to progress the basic Spitfire design. Chief amongst the AFDU’s complaints was directional instability: Supermarine attempted to solve this problem by modifying the control surfaces. It was only with the introduction of a new, enlarged tailfin and tail plane which finally solved the instability problems.

The Mk.22 differed from the Mk.21 only in having a teardrop bubble canopy – a change which had not required a new mark number in previous Spitfires – and a different electrical system. The Mk.22, as with the Mk.21, was armed with four 20mm Hispano cannons. The Mk.22 was more prolific and more successful than the Mk.21, with some 280 aircraft being manufactured. It was used to equip No.73 Squadron and twelve squadrons of the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. In 1955 the Spitfire Mk.22 was declared obsolete by the RAF and many were exported to South Rhodesia, Syria and Egypt.


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