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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 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 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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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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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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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.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, maneuverability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 6,098 m)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
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! Stock
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| 624 || 605 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 21.0 || 21.8 || 17.5 || 17.5 || rowspan="2" | 390
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| 683 || 651 || 18.7 || 19.8 || 29.2 || 22.3
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==== Details ====
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
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|-
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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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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
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| {{Specs|destruction|body}} || {{Specs|destruction|gear}} || N/A || N/A || 260 || ~9 || ~5
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
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|-
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 350 || > 500
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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|-
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! colspan="3" | Compressor (RB/SB)
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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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| 3,400 m || 1,380 hp || 1,766 hp
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! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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! Optimal altitude
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! 100% Engine power
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! WEP Engine power
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| 7,200 m || 1,190 hp || 1,523 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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* 4 mm Steel plate in pilot's seat
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* 3-7 mm Steel plate behind the pilot
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* 6 mm Steel plate in front of liquid cooling system
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* 1 mm Steel plate in front of fuel tanks
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* 3 mm Steel boxes around wing ammunition
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=== Modifications and economy ===
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{{Specs-Economy}}
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
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{{Specs-Avia-Armaments}}
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
''Describe the offensive armament of the aircraft, if any. Describe how effective the cannons and machine guns are in a battle, and also what belts or drums are better to use. If there is no offensive weaponry, delete this subsection.''
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|M2 Browning (12.7 mm)}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
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* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (135 rpg = 270 total)
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* 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.P. Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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* Without load
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* 2 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bombs (500 lb total)
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== Usage in battles ==
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[[File:Spitfire F Mk XVI tailing.jpg|600x600px|thumb|A concerned [[Fw 190 (Family)|Fw 190]] pilot watching the {{PAGENAME}} tailing him.]]<!-- ''Describe the tactics of playing in the aircraft, the features of using aircraft in a team and advice on tactics. Refrain from creating a "guide" - do not impose a single point of view, but instead, give the reader food for thought. Examine the most dangerous enemies and give recommendations on fighting them. If necessary, note the specifics of the game in different modes (AB, RB, SB).'' -->
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
  
=== Defensive armament ===
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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.
''Defensive armament with turret machine guns or cannons, crewed by gunners. Examine the number of gunners and what belts or drums are better to use. If defensive weaponry is not available remove this subsection.''
 
  
== Usage in the battles ==
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
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| 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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=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
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* Good climb speed, albeit lower than non-clipped wing variants
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* New M2 HMGs are far more effective than the Browning .303s
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* Great roll rate
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* Good guns
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* Great dive acceleration
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* Better dive speed than other Merlin Spitfires
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* Better turning that most of its German and American counterparts
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* Ability to mount bombs for a decent late-game ground attack option
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* Slightly better simulator visibility due to its bubble cockpit
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* Stock parts are not as bad as some other T4-5 planes, such as the P-51D-5, Ki-84 and Late Bf109s
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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== Historical part ==
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* Worse turning than all other Merlin Spitfires
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* Worse dive speed than its German and American counterparts
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* Poor performance at altitude
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* Relatively low rip speed (650 kph)
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* The RAF M2 HMGs are not as good as their American counterpart, the M2 Early/Late
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== History ==
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=== In-game description ===
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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.
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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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{{Youtube-gallery|MNacjyimuCQ|'''The Shooting Range #95''' - ''Metal Beasts'' section at 00:57 discusses the Spitfire F Mk XVI.}}
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== See also ==
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== Read also ==
 
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* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
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* [https://forum.warthunder.com/index.php?/topic/341986-supermarine-spitfire-lfmkxvie/ Official data sheet - more details about the performance]
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{{AirManufacturer Supermarine}}
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{{Britain fighters}}

Latest revision as of 10:04, 24 January 2021

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This page is about the British fighter Spitfire F Mk XVI. For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).
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Spitfire F Mk XVI
AB RB SB
4.7 5.0 5.0
Class:
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Description

The Spitfire F Mk XVI is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 4.7 (AB) and 5.0 (RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27.

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.

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.

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.

General info

Flight performance

Max speed
at 6 098 m651 km/h
Turn time19 s
Max altitude11 000 m
EngineRolls-Royce Merlin-266
TypeInline
Cooling systemWater
Take-off weight4 t
Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 6,098 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 624 605 11000 21.0 21.8 17.5 17.5 390
Upgraded 683 651 18.7 19.8 29.2 22.3

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 + -
774 260 N/A N/A 260 ~9 ~5
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
3,400 m 1,380 hp 1,766 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
7,200 m 1,190 hp 1,523 hp

Survivability and armour

Crew1 person
Speed of destruction
Structural774 km/h
Gear260 km/h
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured 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

Modifications and economy

Repair costBasic → Reference
AB2 100 → 2 732 Sl icon.png
RB6 760 → 8 794 Sl icon.png
SB4 560 → 5 932 Sl icon.png
Total cost of modifications42 700 Rp icon.png
81 900 Sl icon.png
Talisman cost1 400 Ge icon.png
Crew training43 000 Sl icon.png
Experts150 000 Sl icon.png
Aces820 Ge icon.png
Research Aces440 000 Rp icon.png
Reward for battleAB / RB / SB
90 / 300 / 380 % Sl icon.png
160 / 160 / 160 % Rp icon.png
Modifications
Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
Mods aerodinamic fuse.png
Fuselage repair
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods radiator.png
Radiator
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mods compressor.png
Compressor
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods aerodinamic wing.png
Wings repair
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods new engine.png
Engine
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods metanol.png
Engine injection
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods armor frame.png
Airframe
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods armor cover.png
Cover
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png
Mods ammo.png
bmg50_belt_pack
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods ammo.png
hispano_belt_pack
Research:
2 000 Rp icon.png
Cost:
3 800 Sl icon.png
160 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods weapon.png
bmg50raf_new_gun
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
bmg50raf_new_gun
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mods weapon.png
hispano_mk2_new_gun
Research:
2 300 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 400 Sl icon.png
180 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods pilon bomb.png
SBC mark 25
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mods gun camora mod.png
Mk.II year 1942
Research:
2 500 Rp icon.png
Cost:
4 800 Sl icon.png
200 Ge icon.png
Mod arrow 0.png
Mods gun camora mod.png
Mk.II year 1943
Research:
4 400 Rp icon.png
Cost:
8 500 Sl icon.png
350 Ge icon.png

Armaments

Offensive armament

Ammunition270 rounds
Fire rate600 shots/min
Ammunition520 rounds
Fire rate750 shots/min

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 M2 Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)

Suspended armament

Number of setups1
List of setups
Setup 12 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Main article: G.P. Mk.IV (250 lb)

The Spitfire F Mk XVI can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

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

Usage in battles

A concerned Fw 190 pilot watching the Spitfire F Mk XVI tailing him.

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.

Manual Engine Control

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Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
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Auto control available
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Combined Controllable
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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

History

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.

Media

See also

Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:

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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