Spitfire Mk Vc/trop

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Spitfire Mk Vc/trop
Spitfire Mk Vc/trop
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The Spitfire Mk Vc/trop is a rank III British fighter with a battle rating of 5.3 (AB), 4.3 (RB), and 4.7 (SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.29, originally under the name Spitfire Mk Vc, however this was changed in Update 1.77 "Advancing Storm" to the current and accurate name.

The Mk Vc/trop is a plane with no outstanding strengths or weaknesses. Its most outstanding aspect is its good manoeuvrability and powerful armament. Unfortunately, the Mk Vc/trop carries over all of the performance shortcomings of the Mk Vb/trop. Unfortunately, when coupled with its 5.3 (AB)/4.3 (RB) BR the Vc/trop will be put with slightly superior planes such as the Spitfire F Mk IX or the Ki-84 in realistic battles, and in arcade battles it will be put with far superior planes such as the Fw 190 D-9 and Spitfire F Mk 22.

The armament is composed of 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons. The recommended belt is most definitely air targets due to the composition of purely HEFI and HEFI-SAPI. The stock cannons are extremely inaccurate and prone to overheating. Fire them sparingly due to the relatively low ammo count.

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.

Max Speed
(km/h at 3,963 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
562 543 10500 17.2 17.8 14.4 14.4 340
Max Speed
(km/h at 3,963 m)
Max altitude
Turn time
Rate of climb
Take-off run
628 592 10500 15.8 16.2 27.1 19.5 340


Combat flaps Take-off flaps Landing flaps Air brakes Arrestor gear
Wing-break speed
Gear limit
Combat flaps
Max Static G
+ -
N/A ~11 ~6
Optimal velocities
< 321 < 400 < 350 > 450
Compressor (RB/SB)
Setting 1
Optimal altitude 100% Engine power WEP Engine power
3,800 m 1,200 hp 1,704 hp

Survivability and armour

  • 38 mm Bulletproof glass - Armoured windscreen
  • 4 mm Steel - Armoured plates behind pilot, coupled with another 6-7 mm Steel plate behind that
  • 3 mm Steel - Armoured plate in front of engine above propeller
  • 1 mm Steel - Armoured plate in front of front top fuel tank
  • 3 mm Steel - Armoured plates around ammunition


Offensive armament

Main article: Hispano Mk.II (20 mm)

The Spitfire Mk Vc/trop is armed with:

  • 4 x 20 mm Hispano Mk.II cannons, wing-mounted (120 rpg = 480 total)

Usage in battles

It is recommended that one turn-fights with the Vc. Boom & Zoom is not effective, due to the slow dive-acceleration, climb rate, and energy retention. The maximum speed of the Vc at both 4.3 and 5.3 is poor. Planes such as the Bf 109 G-2/trop or P-63A-10 can easily catch it. The roll rate is average on the Vc. Due to the slow acceleration and speed, the Vc will enter "furballs" at a slower speed than most other planes. The Vc also bleeds speed extremely quickly. Therefore, the performance of the Vc are below average (except for the armament and manoeuvrability). The performance at altitude of the Vc is abysmal compared to the similar Mk IX. One can side-climb to gain altitude capability, but it is not recommended.

Manual Engine Control

MEC elements
Mixer Pitch Radiator Supercharger Turbocharger
Oil Water Type
Controllable Controllable
Not auto controlled
Not controllable
Auto control available
Not auto controlled
Separate Not controllable
1 gear
Not controllable


Tier Flight performance Survivability Weaponry
I Fuselage repair Radiator Offensive 20 mm
II Compressor Airframe New 20 mm cannons
III Wings repair Engine Mk.II year 1942
IV Engine injection Cover Mk.II year 1943

Pros and cons


  • Great forward armament in 4 x 20 mm Hispano cannons
  • Great ammo belts
  • Good manoeuvrability
  • Good low-level performance
  • Decent sustained climb rate


  • Bad roll rate for a fighter
  • No bomb options unlike other similar-BR Spitfire variants
  • Poor performance at altitude
  • Poor acceleration
  • Poor maximum speed
  • Mediocre durability
  • Poor dive-speed acceleration
  • Very high repair cost


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In-game description

A single-seat, single-engine all-metal monoplane fighter, this variant of the Spitfire Mk V was fitted with the new Type C "universal" wing, capable of being fitted with a variety of armaments. The Mk VC could be fitted with four 20mm Hispano cannons, or it could carry two 20mm Hispano cannons and four 0.303 inch Colt-Browning Mk II machine guns. The cannons in the type C wings had a tape supply and so could carry up to 120 rounds per gun, unlike the type B wings, which were limited to 60 rounds. In addition, the Mk VC had other modifications to the airframe such as a strengthened fuselage, more armor, larger oil cooler and a new windscreen design.

Production of the Mk VC variant began in October of 1941, with the first aircraft being equipped with a Rolls Royce Merlin 45 or 46. However, with the appearance of the German Focke-Wulf FW190 fighter, Spitfire pilots found themselves being outmanoeuvred at low and medium altitudes.

The Mk VC was then fitted with Merlin 50, 50A, 55, and 56 engines. To improve performance characteristics at low and medium altitudes, some of these engines were fitted with a cropped supercharger impeller to allow maximum power to be reached at lower altitudes. Engines designed this way included the 45M, 50M, and 55M.

On the lower altitude models, further changes were implemented. To reduce drag and moment of inertia on the aircraft's longitudinal axis, the wingspan was reduced and the elliptical wingtips were redesigned to be nearly rectangular. Fighters designed with low-altitude combat in mind were designated Spitfire LFMk Vs (Low Flight). Aircraft optimized for mid-altitude combat were designated Spitfire FMk Vs (Flight) and fighters fitted with the Merlin 46, 50A, or 56 were designated Spitfire HFMk Vs (High Flight) and had an increased wingspan with elongated, elliptical wingtips.

The Spitfire VC fought in all theatres in which the RAF was active from 1941 to 1944. A total of some 6,500 Spitfire Mk V fighters were produced, of which 2,467 were Mk VCs.


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See also

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  • reference to the series of the aircraft;
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External links

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.I/L FAA M · 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.IIa Venture I · 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
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