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Spitfire Question?  
User currently offlineRyangooner From United Kingdom, joined Jul 2003, 969 posts, RR: 20
Posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2403 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?

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can anyone shed any light on this?

Ryan Hemmings

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User currently offlineBungle From United Kingdom, joined Nov 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 1, posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 9 hours ago) and read 2371 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.

User currently offlineJasperEMA From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2004, 50 posts, RR: 0
Reply 2, posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2343 times:

Spitfires had 3 different wing lengths in the mk9 ,HF for high altitude ,standard, and the clipped wing LF model seen here for high speed low altitude work , nice photo great classic.

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 3, posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2349 times:

The clipped wing spitfires were intended for low level use, such as strafing and ground attack. They didn't need the longer wingspan for lift, and the clipping reduced drag at lower levels.

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User currently offlineCheshire From Australia, joined Aug 2001, 112 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (12 years 2 months 5 days 8 hours ago) and read 2353 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.

User currently offlineB747skipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2159 times:

Looks like a Spit Mk.XIV or higher Mk. number to me, they all had these types of wings.
Splendid picture by the way, congratulations.
Happy contrails  Smile
(s) Skipper

User currently offlineSpacepope From Vatican City, joined Dec 1999, 3371 posts, RR: 1
Reply 6, posted (12 years 2 months 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 2195 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.

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