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{{Specs-Card|code=spitfire_ix}}
 
{{Specs-Card|code=spitfire_ix}}
 
{{About
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This aircraft was introduced in [[Update 1.35]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.35]].
  
The Spitfire LF Mk IX is very much a short range, point interceptor fighter and the stand out fighter in the mid Spitfire lineup. It features an exceptional rate of climb, whilst still retaining the manoeuvrability of its early lineage. The LF IX is considered by most to be the perfect Spitfire due to its balanced all round performance and impressive statistics. The last of the Merlin Engined Spitfires before progressing on to the Griffon powered variants, has the perfect balance of turning performance (second only to its Japanese counterparts) as well as its "Boom and Zoom" capability that becomes more possible with later model Spitfires.
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The Spitfire LF Mk IX is very much a short range, point interceptor fighter and the stand out fighter in the mid Spitfire line-up. It features an exceptional rate of climb, whilst still retaining the manoeuvrability of its early lineage. The LF Mk IX is considered by most to be the perfect Spitfire due to its balanced all round performance and impressive statistics. The last of the Merlin-engined Spitfires before progressing on to the Griffon powered variants, it has the perfect balance of turning performance (second only to its Japanese counterparts) as well as its "Boom and Zoom" capability that becomes more possible with later model Spitfires.
  
 
== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
 
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
  
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
|-
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! rowspan="2" | Characteristics
! colspan="8" | Characteristics
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,878 m)
|-
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(metres)
! colspan="8" | ''Stock''
 
|-
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,878 m)
 
! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
 
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
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! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(metres/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(metres)
|-
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
|-
 
| 629 || 612 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 16.6 || 17.0 || 19.6 || 22.2 || 320
 
|-
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,878 m)
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
! rowspan="2" |Max altitude (meters)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
 
 
|-
 
|-
! AB
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! Stock
! RB
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| 631 || 612 || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || 16.4 || 17.0 || colspan="2" | 22.2 || rowspan="2" | 320
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 724 || 688 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 15.1 || 14.8 || 48.4 || 31.8 || 320
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! Upgraded
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| 724 || 688 || 15.1 || 14.8 || 48.4 || 31.8
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
====Details====
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==== Details ====
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
! colspan="5" | Features
 
|-
 
|-
! Combat flap
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! Combat flaps !! Take-off flaps !! Landing flaps !! Air brakes !! Arrestor gear
! Take-off flap
 
! Landing flap
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
 
| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="5" | Limits
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! colspan="7" | Limits
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Wings (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Gear (km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! colspan="3" | Flaps (km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
|-
 
|-
! +
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! Combat !! Take-off !! Landing !! + !! -
! -
 
 
|-
 
|-
| {{Specs|разрушение|конструкции}} || {{Specs|разрушение|шасси}} || N/A || ~12 || ~6
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| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || N/A || N/A || 230 || ~10 || ~4
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities (km/h)
 
|-
 
|-
! Ailerons<br>(km/h)
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! Ailerons !! Rudder !! Elevators !! Radiator
! Rudder<br>(km/h)
 
! Elevators<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
 
|-
 
|-
| < 321 || < 400 || < 450 || > 250
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 350 || > 470
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Compressor (RB/SB)
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! Compressor
|-
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 1
 
|-
 
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
| 3,200 m || 1,380 hp || 2,084 hp  
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! Setting 1
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| 3,600 m || 1,440 hp || 1,843 hp
 
|-
 
|-
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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! Setting 2
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| 6,800 m || 1,340 hp || 1,664 hp
 
|-
 
|-
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
| 6,200 m || 1,310 hp || 1,978 hp
 
|-
 
<!--! colspan="3" | Setting 3
 
|-
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? hp
 
|- -->
 
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
 
=== Survivability and armour ===
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* 38 mm Bulletproof glass in the cockpit front.
 
* 38 mm Bulletproof glass in the cockpit front.
 
* 4 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.
 
* 4 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.
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* 3 mm Steel plate on top of the fuel tanks.
 
* 3 mm Steel plate on top of the fuel tanks.
 
* 3 mm Steel boxes around the wing ammunition.
 
* 3 mm Steel boxes around the wing ammunition.
 
* Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
 
* More fuel tanks located in wings near the fuselage
 
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|Browning M2 (12.7 mm)}}
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|M2 Browning (12.7 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
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* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (135 rpg = 270 total)
* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, 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)
* 2 x 12.7 mm M2 Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (260 rpg = 520 total)
 
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
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{{main|G.P. Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
 
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
 
  
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
 
* Without load
 
* Without load
* 1 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bomb
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* 1 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (250 lb total)
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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''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).''
  
===Manual Engine Control===
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
As with all the other british planes this plane is also very forgiving when using Manual Engine Settings
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As with all the other British planes, this plane is also very forgiving when using Manual Engine Settings.
  
Prop pitch: This should be set to 100% when climbing to utilize it's superior climb rate. This will come in handy both at the start of a match and during combat. However when in level flight or chasing another plane this can be set back as far to 70-80% to get a few more km/h (or mp/h).
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Prop pitch: This should be set to 100% when climbing to utilize the aircraft's superior climb rate. This will come in handy both at the start of a match and during combat. However when in level flight or chasing another plane this can be set back as far to 70-80% to get a few more km/h.
  
Radiator: as soon as you unlock the radiator module you can set this to 30% and leave it there for the entire match. On sicilly however you want to set it to 35-40% until you reach 6000m (19,685 feet)
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Radiator: as soon as you unlock the radiator module you can set this to 30% and leave it there for the entire match. On Sicily however you want to set it to 35-40% until you reach 6,000 m (19,685 ft)
  
Supercharger: Switching this at 2000m (6,561 feet) will give you quite a boost in performance and it will retain it's climbrate up until 4500m, after it will suffer miserably but still climb better than almost every plane. Therefore the supercharger gears should be switched at 2km (6,561 feet) altitude
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Supercharger: Switching this at 2,000 m (6,561 ft) will give you quite a boost in performance and it will retain its climbrate up until 4,500 m, after it will suffer miserably but still climb better than almost every plane. Therefore the supercharger gears should be switched at 2 km (6,561 ft) altitude
  
 
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! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
|-
 
|-
! rowspan="2" |Mixer
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! rowspan="2" | Mixer
! rowspan="2" |Pitch
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! rowspan="2" | Pitch
! colspan="3" |Radiator
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! colspan="3" | Radiator
! rowspan="2" |Supercharger
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! rowspan="2" | Supercharger
! rowspan="2" |Turbocharger
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! rowspan="2" | Turbocharger
 
|-
 
|-
! Oil
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! Oil !! Water !! Type
! Water
 
! Type  
 
 
|-
 
|-
| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Combined || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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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
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
===Modules===
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=== Modules ===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
! colspan="1" | Tier
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! Tier
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
 
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
! colspan="1" | Survivability
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! Survivability
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
|-
 
|-
 
| I
 
| I
| Fuselage Repair
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| Fuselage repair
 
| Radiator
 
| Radiator
|  
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|
|  
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| Offensive 12 mm
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| Offensive 20 mm
 
|-
 
|-
 
| II
 
| II
|  
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|
 
| Compressor
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
| Airframe
|  
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| New 12 mm MGs
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| New 20 mm cannons
 
|-
 
|-
 
| III
 
| III
| Wings Repair
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| Wings repair
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
|  
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|
|  
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| SBC mark 25
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| Mk.II year 1942
 
|-
 
|-
 
| IV
 
| IV
| 150 Octane Fuel
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| 150 octane fuel
| Engine Injection
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| Engine injection
 
| Cover
 
| Cover
|  
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|
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| Mk.II year 1943
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
 
 
* Supreme rate of climb that will rival that of the later Griffon Spitfires and most late war props (46.7 m/s in AB, 27 in RB/SB when maxed out, beating the F8F-1B at altitudes below 7 km)
 
* Supreme rate of climb that will rival that of the later Griffon Spitfires and most late war props (46.7 m/s in AB, 27 in RB/SB when maxed out, beating the F8F-1B at altitudes below 7 km)
 
* Excellent acceleration from a standing start due to the boost configuration
 
* Excellent acceleration from a standing start due to the boost configuration
* Exceptional maneuverability at all altitudes
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* Exceptional manoeuvrability at all altitudes
 
* Good energy retention - Better than the [[Bf 109 K-4|Bf 109 K-4]] and the [[Ta 152 H-1|Ta 152 H-1]]
 
* Good energy retention - Better than the [[Bf 109 K-4|Bf 109 K-4]] and the [[Ta 152 H-1|Ta 152 H-1]]
 
* M2 Browning .50 cal machine guns are more powerful than the old .303 Brownings
 
* M2 Browning .50 cal machine guns are more powerful than the old .303 Brownings
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'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
 
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* Tendency to break wings its during high speed manoeuvres
* Tendency to break wings its during high speed maneuvers
 
 
* Sub average roll rate can make the plane suffer in tight scissors
 
* Sub average roll rate can make the plane suffer in tight scissors
 
* Limited dive rate, moderate parasitic drag
 
* Limited dive rate, moderate parasitic drag
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* High wing loading makes wings extremely fragile to projectiles during high-G turns
 
* High wing loading makes wings extremely fragile to projectiles during high-G turns
 
* Poor top speed due to high parasitic drag compared to engine power
 
* Poor top speed due to high parasitic drag compared to engine power
* Since it is an 'LF (low flight)' Spitfire, high altitude performance will suffer
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* Since it is an 'LF (low-altitude fighter)' Spitfire, high altitude performance suffers
* The 150 Octane Fuel can make the plane easier to ignite and burn to smithereens
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* The 150 octane fuel can make the plane easier to ignite and burn to smithereens
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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=== In-game description ===
 
The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter. While the Mk VII and Mk VIII variants was being designed, a Spitfire Mk III was tested in September 1941 with the new Rolls Royce 60 in the hopes of developing an interim fighter to use as a stop gap measure. The new Spitfire performed exceptionally well, and was rushed into production as the Mk IX. The Air Fighting Development Unit described the Mk IX as ‘outstandingly better than the Mk V especially at heights above 20,000 feet’ and even though it was not fitted with the modified control surfaces under development for the Mk VII and Mk VIII, the Mk IX was more than capable of meeting the Focke-Wulf FW190 on favourable terms. The Mk IX was fitted with the Type C ‘universal’ wing and originally carried the tried and tested combination of two 20mm cannon and four 0.303 inch machine guns, but in later versions the four 0.303 machine guns were replaced with two .50 calibre guns.
 
The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter. While the Mk VII and Mk VIII variants was being designed, a Spitfire Mk III was tested in September 1941 with the new Rolls Royce 60 in the hopes of developing an interim fighter to use as a stop gap measure. The new Spitfire performed exceptionally well, and was rushed into production as the Mk IX. The Air Fighting Development Unit described the Mk IX as ‘outstandingly better than the Mk V especially at heights above 20,000 feet’ and even though it was not fitted with the modified control surfaces under development for the Mk VII and Mk VIII, the Mk IX was more than capable of meeting the Focke-Wulf FW190 on favourable terms. The Mk IX was fitted with the Type C ‘universal’ wing and originally carried the tried and tested combination of two 20mm cannon and four 0.303 inch machine guns, but in later versions the four 0.303 machine guns were replaced with two .50 calibre guns.
  
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
 
''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example:''
 
''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;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
 
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''

Revision as of 17:21, 23 January 2020

Spitfire LF Mk IX
spitfire_ix.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.0/5.7/5.7BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
3.9 tTake-off weight
3.73 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
11 500 mCeiling
Rolls-Royce Merlin-66Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
774 km/hStructural
270 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
1 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
Economy
54 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
180 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png6 400 / 8 582/9 930 / 13 316/2 580 / 3 459Repair
52 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
180 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
350 % Sl icon.png410 % Sl icon.png120 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the British fighter Spitfire LF Mk IX. For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).

Description

GarageImage Spitfire LF Mk IX.jpg


The Spitfire LF Mk IX is a rank IV British fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB) and 5.0 (SB). It was introduced in Update 1.35.

The Spitfire LF Mk IX is very much a short range, point interceptor fighter and the stand out fighter in the mid Spitfire line-up. It features an exceptional rate of climb, whilst still retaining the manoeuvrability of its early lineage. The LF Mk IX is considered by most to be the perfect Spitfire due to its balanced all round performance and impressive statistics. The last of the Merlin-engined Spitfires before progressing on to the Griffon powered variants, it has the perfect balance of turning performance (second only to its Japanese counterparts) as well as its "Boom and Zoom" capability that becomes more possible with later model Spitfires.

General info

Flight performance

Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Speed, manoeuvrability, acceleration and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.

Characteristics Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
Max altitude
(metres)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(metres/second)
Take-off run
(metres)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
Stock 631 612 11 500 16.4 17.0 22.2 320
Upgraded 724 688 15.1 14.8 48.4 31.8

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 + -
N/A N/A 230 ~10 ~4
Optimal velocities (km/h)
Ailerons Rudder Elevators Radiator
< 321 < 400 < 350 > 470
Compressor Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
Setting 1 3,600 m 1,440 hp 1,843 hp
Setting 2 6,800 m 1,340 hp 1,664 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in the cockpit front.
  • 4 mm Steel plate in the pilot's seat.
  • 6-7 mm Steel plates behind the pilot.
  • 3 mm Steel plate on top of the fuel tanks.
  • 3 mm Steel boxes around the wing ammunition.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Spitfire LF Mk IX 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

Main article: G.P. Mk.IV (250 lb)

The Spitfire LF Mk IX can be outfitted with the following ordnance:

  • Without load
  • 1 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (250 lb total)

Usage in battles

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Manual Engine Control

As with all the other British planes, this plane is also very forgiving when using Manual Engine Settings.

Prop pitch: This should be set to 100% when climbing to utilize the aircraft's superior climb rate. This will come in handy both at the start of a match and during combat. However when in level flight or chasing another plane this can be set back as far to 70-80% to get a few more km/h.

Radiator: as soon as you unlock the radiator module you can set this to 30% and leave it there for the entire match. On Sicily however you want to set it to 35-40% until you reach 6,000 m (19,685 ft)

Supercharger: Switching this at 2,000 m (6,561 ft) will give you quite a boost in performance and it will retain its climbrate up until 4,500 m, after it will suffer miserably but still climb better than almost every plane. Therefore the supercharger gears should be switched at 2 km (6,561 ft) altitude

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Auto control available
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Auto control available
Combined Controllable
2 gears
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 150 octane fuel Engine injection Cover Mk.II year 1943

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Supreme rate of climb that will rival that of the later Griffon Spitfires and most late war props (46.7 m/s in AB, 27 in RB/SB when maxed out, beating the F8F-1B at altitudes below 7 km)
  • Excellent acceleration from a standing start due to the boost configuration
  • Exceptional manoeuvrability at all altitudes
  • Good energy retention - Better than the Bf 109 K-4 and the Ta 152 H-1
  • M2 Browning .50 cal machine guns are more powerful than the old .303 Brownings
  • Has access to 150 Octane Fuel will increase your engine power by a large margin

Cons:

  • Tendency to break wings its during high speed manoeuvres
  • Sub average roll rate can make the plane suffer in tight scissors
  • Limited dive rate, moderate parasitic drag
  • Limited ammo capacity
  • High wing loading makes wings extremely fragile to projectiles during high-G turns
  • Poor top speed due to high parasitic drag compared to engine power
  • Since it is an 'LF (low-altitude fighter)' Spitfire, high altitude performance suffers
  • The 150 octane fuel can make the plane easier to ignite and burn to smithereens

History

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In-game description

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-engine, all-metal, low-wing monoplane fighter. While the Mk VII and Mk VIII variants was being designed, a Spitfire Mk III was tested in September 1941 with the new Rolls Royce 60 in the hopes of developing an interim fighter to use as a stop gap measure. The new Spitfire performed exceptionally well, and was rushed into production as the Mk IX. The Air Fighting Development Unit described the Mk IX as ‘outstandingly better than the Mk V especially at heights above 20,000 feet’ and even though it was not fitted with the modified control surfaces under development for the Mk VII and Mk VIII, the Mk IX was more than capable of meeting the Focke-Wulf FW190 on favourable terms. The Mk IX was fitted with the Type C ‘universal’ wing and originally carried the tried and tested combination of two 20mm cannon and four 0.303 inch machine guns, but in later versions the four 0.303 machine guns were replaced with two .50 calibre guns.

A total of 5,665 Mk IX were produced and 262 more Mk Vs were converted to Mk IX. Intended as a transitional stop-gap measure for the Mk VII and Mk VIII, the variant remained in production until the end of the war, ultimately becoming the most mass-produced Spitfire version. This mark was also used as a fighter-bomber and as a reconnaissance aircraft. Further modifications were incorporated into the Mk IX throughout its service life, such as a gyroscopic gunsight, bubble canopy and modified engine intercooler. Widely considered to be the most capable fighter in the world at the time of its introduction, it would take the introduction of the Rolls Royce Griffon engine to push the Spitfire into its next stage of evolution.

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See also

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Supermarine
Spitfires (Merlin engine)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · 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 · 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 IIB/Trop · Hurricane Mk IV
Sea Hurricane  Sea Hurricane Mk IB · Sea Hurricane Mk IC
Spitfire (early-Merlin)  Spitfire Mk Ia · Spitfire Mk IIa · 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 · Tempest Mk V (Vickers P)
Sea Fury  Sea Fury FB 11
Other  MB.5 · Firecrest · Wyvern S4
Foreign aircraft  Australia: ▄Boomerang Mk I · ▄Boomerang Mk II
  France: ▄D.520 · ▄D.521
  USA: ▄Hellcat Mk II · ▄Mustang Mk IA · ▄Corsair F Mk II · Martlet Mk IV