Spitfire Mk.IX (CW) (Israel)
|This page is about the fighter Spitfire Mk.IX (CW) (Israel). For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).
The clipped wing configuration for the Spitfire Mk IX was introduced in the mid-late 1940s to increase manoeuvrability and improve roll rate at lower altitudes, at the cost of less lift. This was due to a shorter surface area, that generated less lift but was also more aerodynamic and less air was travelling around the fuselage
Introduced in Update "Winged Lions", the Spitfire Mk IX (CW) has very good handling and excellent agility. It may lack the ground ordnance common in other fighters such as the P-51s and Fw 190s but offers some of the best acceleration, climb rate and agility for its BR. While not the fastest, its good climb rate makes it capable of reaching high altitudes sooner than most planes which, combined with its agility, makes it a very deadly opponent when it has the speed or altitude advantage.
The performance of the Spitfire is excellent as long as it has the speed. While it has good acceleration at low speeds, it loses speed faster than planes at a similar BR, which is normal since it has much better turn rate than other fighters. It also has very good climb rate to take good positioning at the start of the match. However, its engine is prone to overheating when WEP is used constantly.
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(km/h at 4,878 m)
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| Turn time
| Rate of climb
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|Max Static G
|Optimal velocities (km/h)
Survivability and armour
Examine the survivability of the aircraft. Note how vulnerable the structure is and how secure the pilot is, whether the fuel tanks are armoured, etc. Describe the armour, if there is any, and also mention the vulnerability of other critical aircraft systems.
Modifications and economy
The Spitfire Mk.IX (CW) (Israel) 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)
Usage in battles
The Spitfire plays in a very aggressive role in most situations. While it is not the fastest or the highest in the match, it has the capabilities to win dogfights against most opponents. Common things to avoid are being stuck with less than 300 km/h since this fighter is especially sluggish at low speeds and always having an altitude advantage in most fights.
Even though these are common things to worry about in most fighters, the Spitfire Mk IX CW loses speed very quickly, and thus precise shots are needed in dogfights, since prolonged fights would make you vulnerable to other enemy fighters in the area. The altitude is also very important, because the diving speed of the Spitfire is not the best, and having altitude is important to regain speed when necessary or to attack unsuspecting pilots in the middle of a fight.
Common strategies to use the Spitfire Mk IX CW are in a support or frontline role. In support roles climbing is the way to go, to intervene during the most important moments of the game and ensuring the safety of allied aircraft fleeing the battlefield to repair, while also intercepting enemy aircraft retreating to their airfield. As a frontline fighter sticking with your team is important; because the Spitfire isn't capable of sustaining prolonged dogfights, having allies around you is important since they can distract other aircraft that may attack you while in a fight.
Manual Engine Control
Auto control available
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Auto control available
Pros and cons
- Excellent turn rate
- Good climb rate
- Good roll rate
- Adequate acceleration at low speeds
- No cockpit armour
- Mediocre ammo count
- Mediocre cruise speed
- Engine prone to overheating
During late WW2, the Clipped Wing design was a common upgrade for the Mk IX and Mk XVI variants of the Spitfire. According to test flights by the Air Fighting Development Unit at RAF Duxford using the Spitfire Mk V, this configuration offered better speeds at altitudes below 10,000 ft and slightly better speeds around 25,000 ft. However it provided much better acceleration and agility overall. For pilots, this modification also meant a better view around the aircraft, because sometimes the large and wide wings of the Spitfire blocked incoming fighters or obstructed the pilot's vision during ground attacks.
Being fitted to the Spitfire Mk V variants, the Clipped Wing was also given to the Mk IX and Mk XVI due to high altitude sorties being less and less common and ground attack missions where being prioritized due to the mediocre state of the Luftwaffe. These variants of the Spitfire were sometimes modified in different nations such as Czechoslovakia, since it was a cheap modification that gave the Spitfire more years as a competent fighter in low altitudes and ground attack missions
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