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{{About
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_Spitfire_LF_Mk_IXc_USA.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
[[File:GarageImage_Spitfire_LF_Mk_IXc_USA.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a premium rank {{Specs|rank}} American 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}} premium American fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.
 
 
 
== 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.''
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
{| 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 4,878 m)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,878 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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|-
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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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|617||599|| {{Specs|ceiling}} ||16.9||17.5||17.3||20.4||320
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|-
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! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
|-
 
|-
! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
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! colspan="2" | Max Speed<br>(km/h at 4,878 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)
 
|-
 
|-
! Stock
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! AB
| ___ || ___ || rowspan="2" | {{Specs|ceiling}} || __._ || __._ || __._ || __._ || rowspan="2" | 320
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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
 
|-
 
|-
! Upgraded
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| ? || ? || {{Specs|ceiling}} || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? || ??.? ||320
| 731 || 690 || 14.8 || 14.8 || 43.3 || 31.8
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
==== Details ====
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====Details====
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center" width="50%"
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
 
! 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    <!-- ✓ -->
 
| X || X || ✓ || X || X    <!-- ✓ -->
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|}
 
|}
  
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{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
|-
! 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 || 230 || ~10 || ~4
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| {{Specs|разрушение|конструкции}} || {{Specs|разрушение|шасси}} || N/A || ~12 || ~6
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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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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! colspan="4" | Optimal velocities
 
|-
 
|-
! 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 || > 470
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 450 || > 250
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
| 3,200 m || 1,380 hp || 2,084 hp
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| 3,200 m || 1,380 hp || 2,084 hp  
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
! colspan="3" | Setting 2
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
|-
 
|-
| 6,200 m || 1,310 hp || 1,978 hp
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| 6,200 m || 1,310 hp || 1,978 hp  
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|-
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! Optimal altitude
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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 in front of the pilot
 
* 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot
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== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|Browning (7.7 mm)}}
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{{main|Browning .303 (7.7 mm)|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)}}
  
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
 
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' is armed with:
  
* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
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* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
* 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine guns, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
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* 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
  
 
=== Suspended armament ===
 
=== Suspended armament ===
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{{main|G.P. Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
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{{main|G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV (250 lb)}}
  
The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
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The '''''{{PAGENAME}}''''' can be outfitted with the following ordinance:
  
 
* Without load
 
* Without load
* 1 x 250 lb G.P. Mk.IV bomb (250 lb total)
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* 1 x G.P. 250 lb Mk.IV bomb (250 lb total)
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=== Defensive armament ===
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''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.''
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== Usage in battles ==
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== Usage in the battles ==
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All Spitfire versions served primarily as fighter aircraft. Due to its high manoeuvrability, the Spitfire LF Mk IXc excels in dogfighting, matched only by a few opponents (mainly Japanese). Due to its vulnerabilities, namely its low ammunition load and somewhat flimsy airframe, it is not recommended to attack bombers with heavy defensive armament. Its climb rate is one of the Spitfire's greatest advantages, being able to outclimb many rivals at its rank. Despite this, it is not recommended to try to catch up with zoom-climbing enemy fighters, because the Spitfire will most likely run out of speed before you manage to engage the opponent. Therefore, go into a shallow but high-speed climb to patiently gain the same altitude as the foe. Do not waste too much speed or altitude to the Boom & Zoom bounce from above, or else it will not work. In emergency situations, when an opponent is diving onto you, your speed is insufficient to face them and, when there are no clouds to hide in, you can descend to the tree-top level and use sharp turns and preferably uneven terrain to make dive attacks impossible for your opponent. He will most likely have to pull up before he can attack, due to his high speed. Exactly at that moment when he is pulling up, you can take initiative.
 
  
=== 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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! 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 !! Water !! Type
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! Oil
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! Water
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! Type  
 
|-
 
|-
| 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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| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" |Combined|| rowspan="2" | Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
=== Modules ===
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===Modules===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
! Tier
 
! Tier
! colspan="2" | Flight performance
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! colspan="2" |Flight performance
 
! Survivability
 
! Survivability
! colspan="2" | Weaponry
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! colspan="2" |Weaponry
 
|-
 
|-
 
| I
 
| I
| Fuselage repair
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| Fuselage repair||Radiator
| Radiator
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|  
|
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| Offensive 7 mm||Offensive 20 mm
| Offensive 7 mm
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| II
 
| II
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| ||Compressor
| Compressor
 
 
| Airframe
 
| Airframe
| New 7 mm MGs
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| New 7 mm MGs||New 20 mm cannons
| 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||Mk.II year 1942
| SBC mark 25
 
| Mk.II year 1942
 
 
|-
 
|-
 
| IV
 
| IV
| 150 octane fuel
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| 150 octane fuel||Engine injection
| Engine injection
 
 
| Cover
 
| Cover
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| ||Mk.II year 1943
| Mk.II year 1943
 
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! colspan="6" | This is a premium vehicle: all modifications are unlocked on purchase
 
 
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|}
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* As a premium aircraft, the {{Specs|name}}'s modifications are automatically unlocked upon purchase of the aircraft.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
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* Very low ammunition count, must be very conservative
 
* Very low ammunition count, must be very conservative
 
* Poor engine performance at high altitudes
 
* Poor engine performance at high altitudes
* Expensive to purchase
 
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
''Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too long, take it to a separate article, taking a link to the article about the vehicle and adding a block "/History" (example: <nowiki>https://wiki.warthunder.com/(Vehicle-name)/History</nowiki>) and add a link to it here using the <code>main</code> template. Be sure to reference text and sources by using <code><nowiki><ref></ref></nowiki></code>, as well as adding them at the end of the article with <code><nowiki><references /></nowiki></code>. This section may also include the vehicle's dev blog entry (if applicable) and the in-game encyclopedia description (under <code><nowiki>=== In-game description ===</nowiki></code>, also if applicable).''
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''Describe the history of the creation and combat usage of the aircraft in more detail than in the introduction. If the historical reference turns out to be too big, take it to a separate article, taking a link to an article about the vehicle and adding a block "/ historical reference" (example: https://wiki.warthunder.com/Name-vehicles/historical reference) and add a link to it here using the <code>main</code> template. Be sure to include links to sources at the end of the article.''
  
 
=== In-game description ===
 
=== In-game description ===
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (Type 361) single-engine interceptor fighter/front-line fighter
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"Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (Type 361) single-engine interceptor fighter/front-line fighter
  
 
A single-seat, single-engine, all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter.
 
A single-seat, single-engine, all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter.
  
Not only the British but also quite a few pilots from other countries fought on Supermarine Spitfire fighters. The Americans used Spitfires, as well..
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Not only the British but also quite a few pilots from other countries fought on Supermarine Spitfire fighters. The Americans used Spitfires, as well.
  
 
The beginning of the Spitfire was marked by volunteers who had joined the ranks of the British RAF before the USA joined the war. In 1941, there were three full-fledged American fighter squadrons in Britain, named the Eagles. The Americans originally flew Hurricanes, but in August 1941 they started their retraining on Spitfires. Until the autumn of 1942, the Eagles were common British squadrons with the corresponding staff, uniforms, and markings. On September 29, 1942, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement, the Eagles were transferred to the command of the Eighth Air Force of the USAAF, located in Great Britain. Three squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Wing, and the tricolour British cockades on the planes were replaced with American ones.
 
The beginning of the Spitfire was marked by volunteers who had joined the ranks of the British RAF before the USA joined the war. In 1941, there were three full-fledged American fighter squadrons in Britain, named the Eagles. The Americans originally flew Hurricanes, but in August 1941 they started their retraining on Spitfires. Until the autumn of 1942, the Eagles were common British squadrons with the corresponding staff, uniforms, and markings. On September 29, 1942, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement, the Eagles were transferred to the command of the Eighth Air Force of the USAAF, located in Great Britain. Three squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Wing, and the tricolour British cockades on the planes were replaced with American ones.
  
Beginning in 1942, a number of the USAAF's fighter units which had arrived at the West European theatre of war without planes received British fighters as part of the so-called "Reverse Lend-Lease". These squadrons were originally based in Great Britain. Later, they were also based in North Africa. A total of about 1,000 Spitfires of various versions were handed over to the USAAF by the RAF.
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Beginning in 1942, a number of the USAAF's fighter units which had arrived at the West European theatre of war without planes received British fighters as part of the so-called ""Reverse Lend-Lease"". These squadrons were originally based in Great Britain. Later, they were also based in North Africa. A total of about 1,000 Spitfires of various versions were handed over to the USAAF by the RAF.
  
For example, the 52d Fighter Wing was redeployed in July 1942 from the USA over the ocean to Northern Ireland. It was there that American fighter pilots had to master the Spitfire. The Americans flew Spitfires when they joined the North African Campaign in November 1942. American pilots fought in Spitfires in the North African theatre of war until the German troops were defeated in May 1943.
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For example, the 52d Fighter Wing was redeployed in July 1942 from the USA over the ocean to Northern Ireland. It was there that American fighter pilots had to master the Spitfire. The Americans flew Spitfires when they joined the North African Campaign in November 1942. American pilots fought in Spitfires in the North African theatre of war until the German troops were defeated in May 1943.  
  
The Americans used Spitfires (Mk.VIII and Mk.IX variants) in the skies over Italy as part of the Twelfth Air Force. By March 1944, the majority of the British planes had been replaced with Mustangs, but there were still some planes with those white stars on their fuselages all the way up until the Capitulation of Germany.
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The Americans used Spitfires (Mk.VIII and Mk.IX variants) in the skies over Italy as part of the Twelfth Air Force. By March 1944, the majority of the British planes had been replaced with Mustangs, but there were still some planes with those white stars on their fuselages all the way up until the Capitulation of Germany."
  
 
== 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.'' -->
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{{Youtube-gallery|AtuFtliw3Bo|Premium Review: US Spitfire LF. Mk. IXc}}
 
{{Youtube-gallery|AtuFtliw3Bo|Premium Review: US Spitfire LF. Mk. IXc}}
  
== See also ==
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== Read 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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''Links to the articles on the War Thunder Wiki that you think will be useful for the reader, for example,''
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* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''reference to the series of the aircraft;''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
 
* ''links to approximate analogues of other nations and research trees.''
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== External links ==
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== Sources ==
 
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* ''topic on the official game forum;''
 
* ''topic on the official game forum;''
* ''encyclopedia page on the aircraft;''
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* ''page on aircraft encyclopedia;''
 
* ''other literature.''
 
* ''other literature.''
  
{{AirManufacturer Supermarine}}
 
 
{{USA fighters}}
 
{{USA fighters}}
{{USA premium aircraft}}
 

Revision as of 04:07, 27 October 2019

RANK 5 BRITAIN
Hunter FGA.9 PACK
▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc
spitfire_ix_usa.png
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
5.0/5.7/5.7BR
Class
1 personCrew
3.9 tTake-off weight
3.25 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
240 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 400 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
1 x 250 LB G.P. Mk.IV bombSetup 1
Economy
6 900 Ge icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png1 550/3 770/1 550Repair
10 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
290 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
940 Ge icon.pngAces
166 × 2 Talisman.png % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
220 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png250 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png100 × 2 Talisman.png % Sl icon.png
This page is about the American fighter Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA). For other uses, see Spitfire (Family).

Description

GarageImage Spitfire LF Mk IXc USA.jpg


The ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc is a Rank IV premium American fighter with a battle rating of 5.7 (AB/RB) and 5.0 (SB). This fighter has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29.

General info

Flight Performance

Characteristics
Stock
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
Max altitude
(meters)
Turn time
(seconds)
Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run
(meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
617 599 11 500 16.9 17.5 17.3 20.4 320
Upgraded
Max Speed
(km/h at 4,878 m)
Max altitude (meters) Turn time (seconds) Rate of climb
(meters/second)
Take-off run (meters)
AB RB AB RB AB RB
 ?  ? 11 500  ??.?  ??.?  ??.?  ??.? 320

Details

Features
Combat flap Take-off flap Landing flap Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flap
(km/h)
Max Static G
+ -
774 270 N/A ~12 ~6
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 2,084 hp
Setting 2
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
6,200 m 1,310 hp 1,978 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass in front of the pilot
  • 3 mm Steel plate on top of fuel tanks
  • 4 mm Steel plate on pilot's seat. Behind pilot is another 6-7 mm steel plate
  • 3 mm Steel plates around ammunition
  • Critical components located at the front of aircraft (fuel, pilot, engine, controls)
  • Additional fuel tanks are located in the wings near the fuselage

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA) is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 240 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gun, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)

Suspended armament

The Spitfire LF Mk IXc (USA) can be outfitted with the following ordinance:

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

Usage in the battles

All Spitfire versions served primarily as fighter aircraft. Due to its high manoeuvrability, the Spitfire LF Mk IXc excels in dogfighting, matched only by a few opponents (mainly Japanese). Due to its vulnerabilities, namely it's low ammunition load and somewhat flimsy airframe, it is not recommended to attack bombers with heavy defensive armament. Its climb rate is one of the Spitfire's greatest advantages, being able to outclimb many rivals at its rank. Despite this, it is not recommended to try to catch up with zoom-climbing enemy fighters, because the Spitfire will most likely run out of speed before you manage to engage the opponent. Therefore, go into a shallow but high-speed climb to patiently gain the same altitude as the foe. Do not waste too much speed or altitude to the Boom & Zoom bounce from above, or else it will not work. In emergency situations, when an opponent is diving onto you, your speed is insufficient to face them and, when there are no clouds to hide in, you can descend to the tree-top level and use sharp turns and preferably uneven terrain to make dive attacks impossible for your opponent. He will most likely have to pull up before he can attack, due to his high speed. Exactly at that moment when he is pulling up, you can take initiative.

Manual Engine Control

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

Modules

Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 7 mm Offensive 20 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 7 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
  • As a premium aircraft, the ▃Spitfire LF Mk IXc's modifications are automatically unlocked upon purchase of the aircraft.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Excellent rate of climb which will rival later Griffon Spitfires and most late war props
  • Excellent acceleration from a standing start due to the boost configuration
  • Good manoeuvrability, albeit lower than other Spitfires (I-V Marks)

Cons:

  • Features the British 7.7 mm 303 Browning machine guns
  • Tendency to break its wings during high-speed manoeuvres
  • Very low ammunition count, must be very conservative
  • Poor engine performance at high altitudes

History

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In-game description

"Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX (Type 361) single-engine interceptor fighter/front-line fighter

A single-seat, single-engine, all-metal, low-wing cantilever monoplane fighter.

Not only the British but also quite a few pilots from other countries fought on Supermarine Spitfire fighters. The Americans used Spitfires, as well.

The beginning of the Spitfire was marked by volunteers who had joined the ranks of the British RAF before the USA joined the war. In 1941, there were three full-fledged American fighter squadrons in Britain, named the Eagles. The Americans originally flew Hurricanes, but in August 1941 they started their retraining on Spitfires. Until the autumn of 1942, the Eagles were common British squadrons with the corresponding staff, uniforms, and markings. On September 29, 1942, thanks to an intergovernmental agreement, the Eagles were transferred to the command of the Eighth Air Force of the USAAF, located in Great Britain. Three squadrons were combined to form the 4th Fighter Wing, and the tricolour British cockades on the planes were replaced with American ones.

Beginning in 1942, a number of the USAAF's fighter units which had arrived at the West European theatre of war without planes received British fighters as part of the so-called ""Reverse Lend-Lease"". These squadrons were originally based in Great Britain. Later, they were also based in North Africa. A total of about 1,000 Spitfires of various versions were handed over to the USAAF by the RAF.

For example, the 52d Fighter Wing was redeployed in July 1942 from the USA over the ocean to Northern Ireland. It was there that American fighter pilots had to master the Spitfire. The Americans flew Spitfires when they joined the North African Campaign in November 1942. American pilots fought in Spitfires in the North African theatre of war until the German troops were defeated in May 1943.

The Americans used Spitfires (Mk.VIII and Mk.IX variants) in the skies over Italy as part of the Twelfth Air Force. By March 1944, the majority of the British planes had been replaced with Mustangs, but there were still some planes with those white stars on their fuselages all the way up until the Capitulation of Germany."

Media

Premium Review: US Spitfire LF. Mk. IXc

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