Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe

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Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe
General characteristics
1 personCrew
4.6 tTake-off weight
3.73 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
12 000 mCeiling
Rolls-Royce Griffon-65Engine
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
798 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
3 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 2
1 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 3
2 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
1 x 500 LB G.P. Mk.IV bomb
Setup 4
8 x RP-3 rocketsSetup 5
63 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
240 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 780 / 8 814/8 930 / 11 609/2 680 / 3 484Repair
68 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
240 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
1 100 Ge icon.pngAces
172 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
420 % Sl icon.png360 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British fighter Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe. For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).


GarageImage Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe.jpg

The Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.0 (AB), 5.7 (RB), and 5.3 (SB). This aircraft was introduced in Update 1.41.

General info

Flight Performance

Max Speed
(km/h at 7,927 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
684 663 12 000 19.4 19.8 15.1 17.9 420
Max Speed
(km/h at 7,927 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
Take-off run (meters)
765 718 12 000 17.4 18.1 35.8 23.3 420


Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flap
Max Static G
+ -
798 260 N/A ~13 ~8
Optimal velocities
< 321 < 400 < 470 > 250
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

  • 6 mm Steel plate in front of engine above the propeller.
  • 12.7 mm Steel plate between fuel tanks.
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot.
  • 4 mm Steel plates behind the pilot, coupled with another 4-7 mm Steel plate behind that.
  • 3 mm Steel plates around ammunition.
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • More fuel tanks located in wings leading edge


Offensive armament

The Spitfire F Mk XVIIIe is armed with:

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

Suspended armament

Main article: Suspended armaments

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

  • Without Load
  • 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 3 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 1 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb
  • 1 x G.P. 500 lb Mk.IV bomb + 2 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bombs
  • 8 x RP-3 rockets

Usage in the battles

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable Not controllable Controllable Combined Controllable Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage Repair Radiator
II Compressor Airframe
III Wings Repair Engine
IV Engine Injection Cover

Pros and cons




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In-game description

The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVIII was a single engine single, seat fighter which served with the Royal Air Force during the early post war period. After the initial teething problems encountered with the introduction of the Rolls Royce Griffon engine to the Spitfire line, the Spitfire Mk.XIV had been used successfully in large numbers in the European Theatre of Operations. The Mk.XIV had seen notable modifications and transitions throughout its wartime service; the Spitfire Mk.XVIII built on this experience.

The Spitfire Mk.XVIII was also equipped with a Rolls Royce Griffon 65 engine with two stage supercharger rated at 2050 hp, high visibility teardrop canopy and a Type E Wing with two Hispano 20mm cannon and two .50 caliber Browning machine guns or four 20mm cannons and externally was very similar to the later production Mk.XIV Spitfires. However, the Spitfire Mk.XVIII also featured a strengthened fuselage and an additional 31-gallon fuel tank in the rear fuselage.

The Spitfire Mk.XVIII entered service with No.60 Squadron at Singapore in January 1947. The Mk.XVIII was used offensively against insurgents during the Malayan uprising. The Mk.XVIII was also involved in air-to-air combat during the 1948 Arab-Israeli War where in one famous incident, two Israeli Spitfire Mk.IXs flown by a Canadian and an American pilot shot down four RAF Spitfire Mk.XVIIIs of No.208 Squadron. Some 300 Spitfire Mk.XVIIIs were built with only the Royal Indian Air Force purchasing 20 as an export customer.


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