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Supermarine Spitfire LF16E

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7th July 2020
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Battle of Britain Memorial Flight

Aircraft Data

The Spitfire was the RAF's first all metal stressed skin single engine fighter. It was produced from 1938-47 serving throughout WW2 and on into the 1950s in a series of increasingly capable versions. Over 40 examples are still airworthy world wide.

The Mk.XVI was essentially a Mk.IX, but using the Packard built Merlin 266. Many were fitted with a teardrop canopy. The Mk.XVI used a "clipped" wing and was widely employed in the ground attack role.

Summary data for Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom19441054n/a1n/a


1 x Packard Merlin (1000 - 1280 hp) piston engine.

Packard Merlin 266 rated at 1705hp


Dimensions for Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI
Length31 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span32 ft. 7 in.
Height12 ft. 7 in.
Empty Weight5,800 lbs.
Max Weight7,500 lbs.


Performance of Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI
Max Speed404 mph
Cruise Speed384 mph
Ceiling42,500 ft.
Normal Range434mi.
Max Range980mi.

Updated 22nd November 2008

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