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{{About
 
{{About
 
| about = British fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
 
| about = British fighter '''{{PAGENAME}}'''
| usage = other uses
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| other
| link = Spitfire (Family)
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| usage-1 = the tropical variant
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| link-1 = Spitfire Mk Vb/trop
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| usage-2 = other versions
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| link-2 = Spitfire (Family)
 
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== Description ==
 
== Description ==
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[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
[[File:GarageImage_{{PAGENAME}}.jpg|420px|thumb|left]]
 
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a Rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. This fighter was introduced in [[Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm"]].
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The '''{{Specs|name}}''' is a rank {{Specs|rank}} British fighter {{Battle-rating}}. It was introduced in [[Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm"]].
  
 
The Spitfire fills the turn-fighter class in the British line. It can perform many fighting tactics, such as energy fighting as well as turn-fighting. It has an impressive climb rate and turn time.
 
The Spitfire fills the turn-fighter class in the British line. It can perform many fighting tactics, such as energy fighting as well as turn-fighting. It has an impressive climb rate and turn time.
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== General info ==
 
== General info ==
=== Flight Performance ===
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=== Flight performance ===
''Describe how the aircraft behaves in the air. Maximum speed, manoeuvrability, speed and allowable loads - these are the most important characteristics of the vehicle.''
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The Mk V variants of the Spitfire series do not have the upgraded Merlin 47 engine, but instead the Merlin 45 and thus may have poorer performance compared to the [[Spitfire LF Mk IX|LF Mk IX]]. However, the Mk V carries more powerful ordnance compared to LF Mk IX. Its wings can sustain a lot of stress, keeping still at steep dives and tight turns. Its control surfaces are large which means it has considerable control even at higher speeds.
  
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run<br>(meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
|-
 
|-
! AB
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
 
|-
 
|-
| 57 || ? || 10,500 || 17.6 || ??.? || 13.6 || ??.? || 340
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| 560 || 542 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 17.4 || 18.0 || 13.6 || 13.6 || 340
 
|-
 
|-
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
! colspan="8" | ''Upgraded''
 
|-
 
|-
 
! 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 (meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Max altitude<br>(meters)
! colspan="2" | Turn time (seconds)
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! colspan="2" | Turn time<br>(seconds)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
 
! colspan="2" | Rate of climb<br>(meters/second)
! rowspan="2" |Take-off run (meters)
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! rowspan="2" | Take-off run<br>(meters)
 
|-
 
|-
! AB
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! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB !! AB !! RB
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
! AB
 
! RB
 
 
|-
 
|-
| ? || ? || 10,500 || ??.? || ??.? || ?.? || ?.? || 340
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| 619 || 589 || {{Specs|ceiling}} || 16.1 || 16.5 || 24.3 || 18 || 340
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
|}
  
====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 flap
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! Take-off flaps
! Landing flap
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! Landing flaps
 
! Air brakes
 
! Air brakes
 
! Arrestor gear
 
! Arrestor gear
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! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Wing-break speed<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
 
! rowspan="2" | Gear limit<br>(km/h)
! rowspan="2" | Combat flap<br> (km/h)
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! rowspan="2" | Combat flaps<br>(km/h)
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
! colspan="2" | Max Static G
 
|-
 
|-
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! -
 
! -
 
|-
 
|-
| ??? || ??? || ??? || ~?? || ~?
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| {{Specs|destruction|constructions}} || {{Specs|destruction|chassis}} || 290 || ~10 || ~6
 
|-
 
|-
 
|}
 
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! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
! Radiator<br>(km/h)
 
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|-
| < ??? || < ??? || < ??? || > ???
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| < 321 || < 400 || < 350 || > 450
 
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|-
 
|}
 
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! WEP Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ??? hp || ?,??? hp
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| 4,900 m || 1,190 hp || 1,583 hp
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<!--! colspan="3" | Setting 2
 
|-
 
! Optimal altitude
 
! 100% Engine power
 
! WEP Engine power
 
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| ?,??? m || ?,??? hp || ?,??? 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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* 3 mm Steel - Armor plating around ammunition cases (each wing)
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* 3 mm Steel - Armour plating around ammunition cases (each wing)
* 3 mm Steel - Armor plating propeller hub
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* 3 mm Steel - Armour plating propeller hub
 
* 1 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour plate
 
* 1 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour plate
 
* 4 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
 
* 4 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
* 7 mm Steel - Armor plate behind the pilot
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* 7 mm Steel - Armour plate behind the pilot
 
* 6 mm Steel - Pilot's headrest
 
* 6 mm Steel - Pilot's headrest
* 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armored windscreen.
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* 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen.
  
 
== Armaments ==
 
== Armaments ==
 
=== Offensive armament ===
 
=== Offensive armament ===
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{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|Browning .303 (7.7 mm)}}
 
{{main|Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)|Browning .303 (7.7 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 (60 rpg = 120 total)
* 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannon, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
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* 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
* 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine gun, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)
 
  
 
== Usage in battles ==
 
== Usage in battles ==
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The Mk.V variants of the Spitfire series does not have the upgraded Merlin 47, but instead the Merlin 45 and thus may have poorer performance compared to the LF Mk.IX. However, the Mk.V carries more powerful ordnance compared to LF Mk.IX. Its wings can sustain a lot of stress, keeping still at steep dives and tight turns. Its control surfaces are large which means it has considerable control even at higher speeds.
 
  
===Manual Engine Control===
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=== Manual Engine Control ===
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
{| class="wikitable" style="text-align:center"
 
|-
 
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! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
! colspan="7" | MEC elements
 
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|-
! 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
 
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! Oil
 
! Oil
 
! Water
 
! Water
! Type  
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! Type
 
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|-
| Controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable || rowspan="2" | Separate || rowspan="2" | Not ontrollable || rowspan="2" | Not controllable
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| Controllable || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Not controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Controllable<br>Not auto controlled || Separate || Not controllable<br>1 gear || Not controllable
 
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===Modules===
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=== Modules ===
 
{| class="wikitable"
 
{| class="wikitable"
!colspan = "1"| Tier
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! Tier
!colspan = "2"| Flight performance
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! colspan="2" | Flight performance
!colspan = "1"| Survivability
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! Survivability
!colspan = "2"| Weaponry
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! colspan="2" | Weaponry
 
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| I
 
| I
| Fuselage Repair
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| Fuselage repair
 
| Radiator
 
| Radiator
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| Offensive 7 mm  
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| Offensive 7 mm
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
| Offensive 20 mm
 
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|-
 
| II
 
| II
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| Compressor
 
| Compressor
 
| Airframe
 
| Airframe
 
| New 7 mm MGs
 
| New 7 mm MGs
| New 20 mm Cannons
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| New 20 mm cannons
 
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|-
 
| III
 
| III
| Wings Repair
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| Wings repair
 
| Engine
 
| Engine
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| Mk.II year 1942
 
| Mk.II year 1942
 
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|-
 
| IV
 
| IV
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| Engine Injection
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| Engine injection
 
| Cover
 
| Cover
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| Mk.II year 1942
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| Mk.II year 1943
 
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* 20 mm air target belts are essential for dealing effective damage with your small ammo count. The radiator is extremely useful to allow you to run WEP for longer. Other manoeuvrability upgrades are useful for turn fighting.
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* 20 mm air target belts are essential for dealing effective damage with your small ammo count. The radiator upgrade is extremely useful to allow you to run WEP for longer. Other manoeuvrability upgrades are useful for turn fighting.
  
 
=== Pros and cons ===
 
=== Pros and cons ===
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'''Pros:'''
 
'''Pros:'''
* Engine temperature is easy to control with cool down from red to white, only taking 10-20 seconds
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* Engine temperature is easy to control with cooldown from red to white only taking 10-20 seconds
 
* 20 mm cannons can easily destroy enemy fighters
 
* 20 mm cannons can easily destroy enemy fighters
 
* Short turn times
 
* Short turn times
* Structurally strong, will survive steep turns
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* Structurally strong, will survive sharp turns
  
 
'''Cons:'''
 
'''Cons:'''
* Low cannon ammunition count of 60 RPG
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* Low cannon ammunition count of 60 rpg
 
* Guns are wing mounted away from the centre, requires setting convergence and targeting discipline
 
* Guns are wing mounted away from the centre, requires setting convergence and targeting discipline
  
 
== History ==
 
== History ==
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=== In-game description ===
 
=== In-game description ===
"A single-seat, single-engine all-metal monoplane fighter. After the Mk II and two more experimental variants of the Spitfire, the next major variant to see mass production was the Spitfire Mk V. Central to this new Spitfire was its engine – the 1470 HP Rolls Royce Merlin 45. This was equipped with a single stage supercharger and, coupled with a new carburettor design, allowed the Mk V to perform zero G manoeuvres without starving the fuel flow to the engine; a problem which had plagued earlier models of the Spitfire. The engine change necessitated strengthening the engine housing and installing a more effective oil radiator with a circular rather than U-shaped housing, and fitting two strengthening longerons to the upper surfaces of each wing.
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A single-seat, single-engine all-metal monoplane fighter. After the Mk II and two more experimental variants of the Spitfire, the next major variant to see mass production was the Spitfire Mk V. Central to this new Spitfire was its engine – the 1470 HP Rolls Royce Merlin 45. This was equipped with a single stage supercharger and, coupled with a new carburettor design, allowed the Mk V to perform zero G manoeuvres without starving the fuel flow to the engine; a problem which had plagued earlier models of the Spitfire. The engine change necessitated strengthening the engine housing and installing a more effective oil radiator with a circular rather than U-shaped housing, and fitting two strengthening longerons to the upper surfaces of each wing.
  
The Mk V initially followed a similar pattern to the Mk I and Mk II in that it was fitted either with the Type A or Type B wing, again carrying eight machine guns or two cannon and four machine guns respectively. Less than 100 of the Mk VA were produced; it would be the Mk VB with its formidable 20mm cannon and four machine guns which would be the major production model, with 3911 VBs manufactured.  
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The Mk V initially followed a similar pattern to the Mk I and Mk II in that it was fitted either with the Type A or Type B wing, again carrying eight machine guns or two cannon and four machine guns respectively. Less than 100 of the Mk VA were produced; it would be the Mk VB with its formidable 20mm cannon and four machine guns which would be the major production model, with 3911 VBs manufactured.
  
 
Some of the fighters were made for tropical climate conditions: a Vokes filter was installed over the carburettor air intake, under the engine. It was covered by special “lips” which helped prevent excessive dust intake, but at the cost of top speed and rate of climb. This variant was named the Spitfire Mk VB/Trop and was used in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, especially North Africa and Malta.
 
Some of the fighters were made for tropical climate conditions: a Vokes filter was installed over the carburettor air intake, under the engine. It was covered by special “lips” which helped prevent excessive dust intake, but at the cost of top speed and rate of climb. This variant was named the Spitfire Mk VB/Trop and was used in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, especially North Africa and Malta.
  
The first Mk Vs entered combat in February of 1941. The improved power and performance characteristics of the Spitfire Mk V made it a competitive match for the new German Messerschmitt Bf109F, but it was found to be inferior to the new Focke-Wulf FW190. As a result, the Spitfire Mk V was the first variant to experiment with the option of clipped wing tips, which increased the aircraft’s roll rate and top speed at low level, but sacrificed its rate of climb.
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The first Mk Vs entered combat in February of 1941. The improved power and performance characteristics of the Spitfire Mk V made it a competitive match for the new German Messerschmitt Bf109F, but it was found to be inferior to the new Focke-Wulf FW190. As a result, the Spitfire Mk V was the first variant to experiment with the option of clipped wing tips, which increased the aircraft's roll rate and top speed at low level, but sacrificed its rate of climb.
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The Mk V formed the backbone of RAF Fighter Command across several theatres of operations, and was considered by some pilots to be the definitive model of the Spitfire.
  
The Mk V formed the backbone of RAF Fighter Command across several theatres of operations, and was considered by some pilots to be the definitive model of the Spitfire. "
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=== Notable pilots ===
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<li style="display: inline-block;"> [[File:Douglas_Bader_profile.jpg|thumb|none|220px|User:U64962917#Bader,_Douglas_R.S.B.|'''[[User:U64962917#Bader,_Douglas_R.S.B.|Douglas Bader]]''' flew the '''Spitfire Mk Va''' which differed from the '''Mk Vb''' in that the Vb had two 20 mm cannons and the Va did not, instead two more .303 machine guns on each wing for eight total.]] </li><!--
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</ul></div>
  
 
== Media ==
 
== Media ==
''An excellent addition to the article will be video guides, as well as screenshots from the game and photos.''
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''Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.''
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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== External links ==
 
== External links ==
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* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/5371-development-spitfire-mk-v-model-update-and-new-modifications-en [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> Spitfire Mk.V: model update and new modifications]
 
* [https://warthunder.com/en/news/5371-development-spitfire-mk-v-model-update-and-new-modifications-en [Devblog<nowiki>]</nowiki> Spitfire Mk.V: model update and new modifications]
  
 
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Revision as of 16:11, 22 July 2019

Spitfire Mk Vb
spitfire_mk5b_notrop.png
Cockpit
AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.7/3.7/4.0BR
FighterClass
1 personCrew
3.4 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
Rolls-Royce Merlin-45Engine
InlineType
waterCooling system
Speed of destruction
760 km/hStructural
270 km/hGear
Offensive armament
2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannonWeapon 1
120 roundsAmmunition
600 shots/minFire rate
4 x 7.7 mm Browning machine gunWeapon 2
1 400 roundsAmmunition
1 001 shots/minFire rate
Economy
26 000 Rp icon.pngResearch
100 000 Sl icon.pngPurchase
Sl icon.png4 820 / 6 232/5 700 / 7 370/1 600 / 2 068Repair
29 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
100 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
500 Ge icon.pngAces
× (142) % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the British fighter Spitfire Mk Vb. For the tropical variant, see Spitfire Mk Vb/trop. For other versions, see Spitfire (Family).

Description

GarageImage Spitfire Mk Vb.jpg


The Spitfire Mk Vb is a rank III British fighter with a battle rating of 4.0 (AB) and 3.7 (RB/SB). It was introduced in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm".

The Spitfire fills the turn-fighter class in the British line. It can perform many fighting tactics, such as energy fighting as well as turn-fighting. It has an impressive climb rate and turn time.

General info

Flight performance

The Mk V variants of the Spitfire series do not have the upgraded Merlin 47 engine, but instead the Merlin 45 and thus may have poorer performance compared to the LF Mk IX. However, the Mk V carries more powerful ordnance compared to LF Mk IX. Its wings can sustain a lot of stress, keeping still at steep dives and tight turns. Its control surfaces are large which means it has considerable control even at higher speeds.

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
560 542 17.4 18.0 13.6 13.6 340
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
619 589 16.1 16.5 24.3 18 340

Details

Features
Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
X X X X
Limits
Wing-break speed
(km/h)
Gear limit
(km/h)
Combat flaps
(km/h)
Max Static G
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290 ~10 ~6
Optimal velocities
Ailerons
(km/h)
Rudder
(km/h)
Elevators
(km/h)
Radiator
(km/h)
< 321 < 400 < 350 > 450
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
4,900 m 1,190 hp 1,583 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 3 mm Steel - Armour plating around ammunition cases (each wing)
  • 3 mm Steel - Armour plating propeller hub
  • 1 mm Steel - Fore cockpit armour plate
  • 4 mm Steel - Pilot's seat
  • 7 mm Steel - Armour plate behind the pilot
  • 6 mm Steel - Pilot's headrest
  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen.

Armaments

Offensive armament

The Spitfire Mk Vb is armed with:

  • 2 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (60 rpg = 120 total)
  • 4 x 7.7 mm Browning .303 machine guns, wing-mounted (350 rpg = 1,400 total)

Usage in battles

Describe the tactics of playing in an 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

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Not auto controlled
Controllable
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
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 Mk.II year 1942
IV Engine injection Cover Mk.II year 1943
  • 20 mm air target belts are essential for dealing effective damage with your small ammo count. The radiator upgrade is extremely useful to allow you to run WEP for longer. Other manoeuvrability upgrades are useful for turn fighting.

Pros and cons

Pros:

  • Engine temperature is easy to control with cooldown from red to white only taking 10-20 seconds
  • 20 mm cannons can easily destroy enemy fighters
  • Short turn times
  • Structurally strong, will survive sharp turns

Cons:

  • Low cannon ammunition count of 60 rpg
  • Guns are wing mounted away from the centre, requires setting convergence and targeting discipline

History

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In-game description

A single-seat, single-engine all-metal monoplane fighter. After the Mk II and two more experimental variants of the Spitfire, the next major variant to see mass production was the Spitfire Mk V. Central to this new Spitfire was its engine – the 1470 HP Rolls Royce Merlin 45. This was equipped with a single stage supercharger and, coupled with a new carburettor design, allowed the Mk V to perform zero G manoeuvres without starving the fuel flow to the engine; a problem which had plagued earlier models of the Spitfire. The engine change necessitated strengthening the engine housing and installing a more effective oil radiator with a circular rather than U-shaped housing, and fitting two strengthening longerons to the upper surfaces of each wing.

The Mk V initially followed a similar pattern to the Mk I and Mk II in that it was fitted either with the Type A or Type B wing, again carrying eight machine guns or two cannon and four machine guns respectively. Less than 100 of the Mk VA were produced; it would be the Mk VB with its formidable 20mm cannon and four machine guns which would be the major production model, with 3911 VBs manufactured.

Some of the fighters were made for tropical climate conditions: a Vokes filter was installed over the carburettor air intake, under the engine. It was covered by special “lips” which helped prevent excessive dust intake, but at the cost of top speed and rate of climb. This variant was named the Spitfire Mk VB/Trop and was used in the Mediterranean theatre of operations, especially North Africa and Malta.

The first Mk Vs entered combat in February of 1941. The improved power and performance characteristics of the Spitfire Mk V made it a competitive match for the new German Messerschmitt Bf109F, but it was found to be inferior to the new Focke-Wulf FW190. As a result, the Spitfire Mk V was the first variant to experiment with the option of clipped wing tips, which increased the aircraft's roll rate and top speed at low level, but sacrificed its rate of climb.

The Mk V formed the backbone of RAF Fighter Command across several theatres of operations, and was considered by some pilots to be the definitive model of the Spitfire.

Notable pilots

  • Douglas Bader flew the Spitfire Mk Va which differed from the Mk Vb in that the Vb had two 20 mm cannons and the Va did not, instead two more .303 machine guns on each wing for eight total.

Media

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See also

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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 Late · 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 · Prendergast's 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 /Late
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