Spitfire F Mk XVI

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


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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

Max Speed
(km/h at 6,098 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
621 603 11,000 21.3 21.8 17.5 17.5 390
Max Speed
(km/h at 6,098 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
685 651 11,000 18.7 19.8 29.2 22.3 390


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


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


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


  • 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


  • 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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