Ryangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 22 Posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 1962 times:
Not so long ago i took this picture of a Spitfire that made its great arrival into Luton Airport.
Now i have been contacted by Email as to why i have a picture of a spitfire with straight edges at the tips of the wings?
Im presuming the email implied that in fact this was not a Spitfire due to the fact that Spitfires have rounded ends to their wings?
Bungle From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 10 hours ago) and read 1930 times:
The aircraft in the picture is a spitfire as the later models had clipped wings, im not sure of the reason why they were clipped proberly to increase performance. I belive the spitfire in your photo belongs to the Shuttleworth collection at old warden in bedfordshire.
Cheshire From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 1912 times:
clipped wings gave a better roll rate, essential for any aircraft performing as a low level interceptor. These types of Spits chased V-1 flying bombs over England, when not acting in support of ground troops.
Spacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3105 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (11 years 1 month 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1754 times:
The intarweb lists MK356 as either a MK IX or a Spitfire LF MK IXe. This one was built in 1944, and actually has combat experience, scoring half of a kill. It also made 2 belly landings. It's not often you see warbirds with combat experience.