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Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII

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Australia - Air Force

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.VIII was developed from the specialised high altitude Mk.VII in sub-versions optimised for standard, low level and high level operations. Fitted with dust filters as standard, the VIII was deployed world wide.

Summary data for Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII
Country of originFirst flightNo. builtNo. in serviceCrewPassengers
United Kingdom19421658n/a1n/a


1 x Rolls Royce Merlin (880 - 1315 hp) piston engine.

Main powerplant was the Merlin 61 rated at 1660 hp featuring a 2 stage supercharger, though other Merlin variants were also used.


4x .303 inch Browning machine guns and 2x 20mm Hispano canon or 4x 20mm Hispano canon. Provision for 1x 500 lb and 2x 250 lb bombs,


Dimensions for Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII
Length31 ft. 4 in.
Wing Span32 ft. 7 in. - 36 ft. 10 in. (low altitude variants featured "clipped" wings)
Height12 ft. 10 in.
Empty Weight5,800 lbs.
Max Weight7,767 lbs.


Performance of Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VIII
Max Speed404 - 408 mph
Cruise Speed324 - 328 mph
Ceiling41,500 - 43,000 ft.
Normal Range660mi.
Max Range1,180mi.

Updated 22nd November 2008

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