posted on Mar, 6 2006 @ 05:55 AM
Glad you guys approve
bigx, the Spitfire F.14 in the middle pic (travellar - thats the one with the 5 bladed prop
) would probably do very well indeed in unlimited air
races as it was in the same performance bracket as the Sea Fury and Mustang, if suitably modified in the same way as they are of course.
I wonder why you don't see them on the circuit? Maybe peope think that racing is a bit low rent for the aristocratic Spitfire?
One of the many remarkable facts about the Spitfire is the degree to which it was developed during its time. Going from 1,000hp and a 2 bladed wooden
prop with a top speed of 350mph it finished up with a 6 bladed counter rotating propeller, 2,500hp and a top speed of 450 mph. No other fighter
handled such a transformation, and all with the same basic structural design.
It was once said that a Spitfire F.24 weiged the equivalent of a mark 1 plus 36 passengers ands all their luggage
and yet it was still 100mph
Some idea of the incresed power requirements for the Spitfire can be gleaned from these photo's which show a replica of the first prototype, a mark
II of 1940 and a 1945 PR.19. Notice the extended nose profile to make room for the engine and the ever growing fin and rudder to counter the torque,
successfully adapting the airframe to take the Griffon engine was, at the time, regarded as nothing short of miraculous due the massive bulk of this
The bottom photo shows a Spitfire F.18 which I have included for no other reason than it captures the beauty of line to the thing so well