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{{About
 
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| about = British fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| about = British fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
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| usage = other uses
 
| link = Spitfire (Family)
 
| link = Spitfire (Family)
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
  
The Spitfire F Mk XVI is a very unique plane with an awkwardly unique role and design. Virtually identical to the [[Spitfire LF Mk IX]], aside from the clipped wings and bubble cockpit, the Mk XVI combines the low-altitude capabilities of the aforementioned fighter with the fantastic roll, dive, and speed capabilities of the German [[Fw 190 (Family)|Focke-Wulfe 190 series]].
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The Spitfire F Mk XVI is a very unique plane with an awkwardly unique role and design. Virtually identical to the Spitfire LF Mk.IX, aside from the clipped wings and bubble cockpit, the Mk XVI combines the low-altitude capabilities of the aforementioned fighter with the fantastic roll, dive, and speed capabilities of the German Focke-Wulfe 190 series.
  
The Mk XVI possesses all the characteristics of the LF Mk IX regarding armament and performance at low-altitude. Low-altitude climb acceleration is fantastic, the climb rate is very good, and armament is extremely effective. The main distinguishing feature of the Mk XVI is its clipped wings. These wings give the Mk XVI some distinct advantages- a great roll rate and amazing dive and level speed and acceleration. The roll rate makes evasion a very easy task- rolling manoeuvres can easily evade most tail-end attacks by any fighter in the 4.0-6.0 BR range. Even more, the clipped wings of the XVI provide for very good low-altitude speed and acceleration performance- this fighter climbs like a rocket and dives like a hornet '''below''' 1,500 m.
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The Mk XVI possesses all the characteristics of the LF Mk. IX regarding armament and performance at low-altitude. Low-altitude climb acceleration is fantastic, the climb rate is very good, and armament is extremely effective. The main distinguishing feature of the XVI is its clipped wings. These wings give the Mk XVI some distinct advantages- a great roll rate and amazing dive and level speed and acceleration. The roll rate makes evasion a very easy task- rolling manoeuvres can easily evade most tail-end attacks by any fighter in the 4.5-5.5 BR range. Even more, the clipped wings of the XVI provide for very good low-altitude speed and acceleration performance- this fighter climbs like a rocket and dives like a hornet '''below''' 1500 m.
  
However, the clipped wings can provide some significant disadvantages to flying, as well. Compared to similar Merlin Spitfires the turn rate is far worse, higher-altitude performance is abysmal, and climb performance is worse, though marginally.
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However, the clipped wings can provide some significant disadvantages to flying, as well. Compared to similar Merlin Spitfires the turn rate is far worse, higher-altitude performance is abysmal, and climb performance is worse, though marginally.  
  
Weaponry is standard, except for the 2 x Browning M2 12.7 mm HMGs that replace the standard 4 x Browning .303 machine guns. As a matter of fact, the two M2s provide a significant increase in firepower. When equipped with Universal or Stealth belts they provide excellent "soft" ground target dispatching performance while proving effective as a last-ditch weapon. As with most of the Spitfire line, the Mk XVI possesses 2 x Hispano-Suiza Mk.II 20 mm cannons which are highly effective against most fighters, especially when utilising the "Air Targets" belt.
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Weaponry is standard, except for the 2 x Browning M2 12.7 mm HMGs that replace the standard 4 x Browning .303 machine guns. As a matter of fact, the two M2s provide a significant increase in firepower. When equipped with Omni or Stealth they provide excellent "soft" ground target dispatching performance while proving effective as a last-ditch weapon. As with most of the Spitfire line, the XVI possesses 2 x Hispano-Suiza Mk.II 20 mm cannons which are highly effective against most fighters, especially when utilizing the "Air Targets" belt.
  
Thus, the Spitfire F Mk XVI is not a suitable Boom & Zoom nor high-altitude fighter; it works best as a low-altitude fighter-bomber that can effectively take out ground targets while providing good fighter cover. Boom and Run is by far the best-recommended tactic.
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Thus, the Spit F Mk. XVI is not a suitable Boom & Zoom nor high-altitude fighter; it works best as a low-altitude fighter-bomber that can effectively take out ground targets while providing good fighter cover. Boom and Run is by far the best-recommended tactic.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight performance ===
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=== Flight Performance ===
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="70%"
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
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! colspan="8" | Characteristics
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|-
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! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,098 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,098 m)
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
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! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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|-
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| 621 || 603 || 11,000 || 21.3 || 21.8 || 17.5 || 17.5 || 390
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! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
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|-
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,098 m)
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! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
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|-
! Stock
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! AB
| 624 || 603 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 21.0 || 21.8 || 17.5 || 17.5 || rowspan="2" | 390
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
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! AB
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! RB
 
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|-
! Upgraded
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| ? || ? || 11,000 || ??.? || ??.? || ?.? || ?.? || 390
| 685 || 651 || 18.7 || 19.8 || 29.2 || 22.3
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
==== Details ====
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====Details====
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|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
|-
 
|-
! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
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! Combat flap
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! Take-off flap
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! Landing flap
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! Air brakes
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! Arrestor gear
 
|-
 
|-
| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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| || || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
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|-
 
|-
! colspan="7" | Limits
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! colspan="5" | Limits
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
|-
 
|-
! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
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! -
 
|-
 
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || N/A || N/A || 260 || ~9 || ~5
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| 770 || 260 || ??? || ~14 || ~7
 
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
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|-
 
|-
! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
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! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Rudder<br>(km/h)
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! Elevators<br>(km/h)
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! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
|-
 
|-
| < 321 || < 400 || < 350 || > 500
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 450 || > 250
 
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|-
 
|}
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| 3,400 m || 1,380 hp || 1,766 hp
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| 3,200 m || 1,380 hp || 1,766 hp  
 
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! Optimal altitude
 
! Optimal altitude
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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|-
| 7,200 m || 1,190 hp || 1,523 hp
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| 6,200 m || 1,310 hp || 1,677? hp  
 
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! 100% Engine power
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! WEP Engine power
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
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|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
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* 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
 
* 4 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat
 
* 4 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat
 
* 3-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
 
* 3-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
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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)}}
 
{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
  
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=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
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&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;''Main article:&nbsp;'''[[:Category:Suspended armaments|Bombs]]'''''
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' has two options for external ordinance:
  
 
* Without load
 
* Without load
* 2 x 250 lb G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
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* 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
 
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== Usage in battles ==
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=== Defensive armament ===
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The Spitfire F Mk XVI is quite unique with its clipped wings. These give this version of the Spitfire a distinct advantage in roll rate, dive performance, and level top speed. However, they reduce the plane's ability to turn, and unlike other Merlin Spitfires this one is only average in its turning ability. Thankfully, it retains a good rate of climb, even if it is not as high as that of the unclipped Spitfire variants. In addition, the clipped wings reduce lift at high altitudes, so performance is best when closer to sea level.
 
 
 
Thanks to a great roll rate, this Spitfire is very capable in defensive manoeuvres, and although turn rate is decreased, the boost in roll speed make this a great dogfighter as well.
 
 
 
This vehicle maximizes its performance at low altitudes. Below 1500 m, it has an incredible rate of climb, very good top speed and acceleration, great dive performance, and generally outmatches its opponents. Still, there are some American and German planes that can outspeed and outdive this plane (especially since it locks up and may rip at high speeds), and the unclipped Merlin Spitfires outclimb this one.
 
 
 
This plane is equipped with 2 x 20 mm cannons and 2 x 12.7 mm machine guns. These are effective against fighters but may struggle against large planes such as heavy bombers. They can't destroy well-armoured ground targets, but can destroy lightly- or un-armoured ground targets and open top vehicles. Since all of these guns are wing-mounted, convergence should be kept in mind. A good convergence setting is usually between 300 and 500 m. Since cannon ammunition is somewhat limited, firing the 12.7 mm machine guns alone can be a good way to visualize the lead required to shoot enemies at longer ranges.
 
 
 
The Spitfire can also mount 2 x 250 lb bombs for destroying ground targets. These are quite small and must be aimed precisely to destroy the target. While this plane can be used in Ground Realistic battles, the fact that it can only carry 2 small bombs reduces its anti-ground capabilities. Instead, this plane can work as an air-superiority fighter in mixed battles.
 
  
The Spitfire F Mk XVI can rightly be considered a jack of all trades. It has some limited ground-attack capacity, decent guns, and flight characteristics that don't stand out in any one aspect. With a great roll rate; good dive and climb performance; and good energy retention, speed, and acceleration; this vehicle is a great low-altitude fighter as long as its weaknesses are understood.
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== Usage in the battles ==
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=== 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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! colspan="3" | Radiator
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
 
|-
 
|-
 
! Oil
 
! Oil
 
! Water
 
! Water
! Type
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| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>Auto control available || rowspan="2" | Not controllable<br>Auto control available || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>Auto control available || rowspan="2" | Combined || rowspan="2" | Controllable<br>2 gears || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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| 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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=== Modules ===
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{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! colspan="1" | Tier
 
! colspan="1" | Tier
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|-
 
| I
 
| I
| Fuselage repair
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| Fuselage Repair
 
| Radiator
 
| Radiator
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| Offensive 12 mm
 
| Offensive 12 mm
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
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|-
 
| II
 
| II
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| Compressor
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
| Airframe
 
| New 12 mm MGs
 
| New 12 mm MGs
| New 20 mm cannons
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| New 20 mm Cannons
 
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|-
 
| III
 
| III
| Wings repair
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| Wings Repair
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
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| SBC mark 25
 
| SBC mark 25
 
| Mk.II year 1942
 
| Mk.II year 1942
 
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| IV
 
| IV
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| Engine injection
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| Engine Injection
 
| Cover
 
| Cover
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| Mk.II year 1943
 
| Mk.II year 1943
 
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=== Pros and cons ===
 
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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== History ==
 
== History ==
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=== In-game description ===
 
=== In-game description ===
The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter. Various modifications served as fighters, interceptors, high-altitude fighters, fighter-bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.
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"The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter. Various modifications served as fighters, interceptors, high-altitude fighters, fighter-bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.  
  
The Mk XVI variant was very similar to the Mk IX; however, it was powered by a US-manufactured Packard Merlin 266 engine. A total of 1,054 Spitfires of this variant were produced. All production variants had the distinguishing feature of low-altitude clipped wings and a cut down rear fuselage and bubble canopy for increased visibility. The clipped wings increased the roll rate and top speed due to a reduction in drag, but sacrificed some of the fighter's rate of climb. This, coupled with an engine optimised for efficiency in denser air made the Mk XVI ideally suited to combat at lower altitudes.
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The Mk XVI variant was very similar to the Mk IX; however, it was powered by a US-manufactured Packard Merlin 266 engine. A total of 1,054 Spitfires of this variant were produced. All production variants had the distinguishing feature of low-altitude clipped wings and a cut down rear fuselage and bubble canopy for increased visibility. The clipped wings increased the roll rate and top speed due to a reduction in drag, but sacrificed some of the fighter’s rate of climb. This, coupled with an engine optimised for efficiency in denser air made the Mk XVI ideally suited to combat at lower altitudes."
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
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''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
{{Youtube-gallery|MNacjyimuCQ|'''The Shooting Range #95''' - ''Metal Beasts'' section at 00:57 discusses the Spitfire F Mk XVI.}}
 
  
== See also ==
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''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;''
 
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== Sources ==
 
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* ''other literature.''
 
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{{AirManufacturer Supermarine}}
 
 
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Revision as of 00:11, 20 May 2019

RANK 6 USA
"APACHE" | AH-64A Peten
Spitfire F Mk XVI
spitfire_xvi.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.0/5.0/4.7BR
Class
1 personCrew
3.9 tTake-off weight
3.73 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 000 mCeiling
Rolls-Royce Merlin-266Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
774 km/hStructural
260 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannonWeapon 1
270 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gunWeapon 2
520 roundsAmmunition
750 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
2 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
Economy
46 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
150 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png2 900 / 3 770/7 430 / 9 659/2 020 / 2 626Repair
43 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
150 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
820 Ge icon.pngAces
160 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
300 % Sl icon.png380 % Sl icon.png110 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British fighter Spitfire F Mk XVI. For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).

Description

GarageImage Spitfire F Mk XVI.jpg


The Spitfire F Mk XVI is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 5.0 (RB/SB). This fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

The Spitfire F Mk XVI is a very unique plane with an awkwardly unique role and design. Virtually identical to the Spitfire LF Mk.IX, aside from the clipped wings and bubble cockpit, the Mk XVI combines the low-altitude capabilities of the aforementioned fighter with the fantastic roll, dive, and speed capabilities of the German Focke-Wulfe 190 series.

The Mk XVI possesses all the characteristics of the LF Mk. IX regarding armament and performance at low-altitude. Low-altitude climb acceleration is fantastic, the climb rate is very good, and armament is extremely effective. The main distinguishing feature of the XVI is its clipped wings. These wings give the Mk XVI some distinct advantages- a great roll rate and amazing dive and level speed and acceleration. The roll rate makes evasion a very easy task- rolling manoeuvres can easily evade most tail-end attacks by any fighter in the 4.5-5.5 BR range. Even more, the clipped wings of the XVI provide for very good low-altitude speed and acceleration performance- this fighter climbs like a rocket and dives like a hornet below 1500 m.

However, the clipped wings can provide some significant disadvantages to flying, as well. Compared to similar Merlin Spitfires the turn rate is far worse, higher-altitude performance is abysmal, and climb performance is worse, though marginally.

Weaponry is standard, except for the 2 x Browning M2 12.7 mm HMGs that replace the standard 4 x Browning .303 machine guns. As a matter of fact, the two M2s provide a significant increase in firepower. When equipped with Omni or Stealth they provide excellent "soft" ground target dispatching performance while proving effective as a last-ditch weapon. As with most of the Spitfire line, the XVI possesses 2 x Hispano-Suiza Mk.II 20 mm cannons which are highly effective against most fighters, especially when utilizing the "Air Targets" belt.

Thus, the Spit F Mk. XVI is not a suitable Boom & Zoom nor high-altitude fighter; it works best as a low-altitude fighter-bomber that can effectively take out ground targets while providing good fighter cover. Boom and Run is by far the best-recommended tactic.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,098 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
621 603 11,000 21.3 21.8 17.5 17.5 390
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,098 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 11,000  ??.?  ??.?  ?.?  ?.? 390

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
770 260  ??? ~14 ~7
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 321 < 400 < 450 > 250
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,200 m 1,380 hp 1,766 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen
  • 4 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat
  • 3-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
  • 6 mm Steel plate in front of liquid cooling system
  • 1 mm Steel plate in front of fuel tanks
  • 3 mm Steel boxes around wing ammunition

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Spitfire F Mk XVI is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

      Main article: Bombs

The Spitfire F Mk XVI has two options for external ordinance:

  • Without load
  • 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Not controllable Not controllable Not controllable Separate Not controllable 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 SBC mark 25 Mk.II year 1942
IV Engine Injection Cover Mk.II year 1943

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Good climb speed, albeit lower than non-clipped wing variants
  • New M2 HMGs are far more effective than the Browning .303s
  • Great roll rate
  • Good guns
  • Great dive acceleration
  • Better dive speed than other Merlin Spitfires
  • Better turning that most of its German and American counterparts
  • Ability to mount bombs for a decent late-game ground attack option
  • Slightly better simulator visibility due to its bubble cockpit
  • Stock parts are not as bad as some other T4-5 planes, such as the P-51D-5, Ki-84 and Late Bf109s

Cons:

  • Worse turning than all other Merlin Spitfires
  • Worse dive speed than its German and American counterparts
  • Poor performance at altitude
  • Relatively low rip speed (650 kph)
  • The RAF M2 HMGs are not as good as their American counterpart, the M2 Early/Late

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In-game description

"The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter. Various modifications served as fighters, interceptors, high-altitude fighters, fighter-bombers and reconnaissance aircraft.

The Mk XVI variant was very similar to the Mk IX; however, it was powered by a US-manufactured Packard Merlin 266 engine. A total of 1,054 Spitfires of this variant were produced. All production variants had the distinguishing feature of low-altitude clipped wings and a cut down rear fuselage and bubble canopy for increased visibility. The clipped wings increased the roll rate and top speed due to a reduction in drag, but sacrificed some of the fighter’s rate of climb. This, coupled with an engine optimised for efficiency in denser air made the Mk XVI ideally suited to combat at lower altitudes."

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