24 Dec Spitfire MkIV-MkVI free ebook download
Welcome to part two of our guide series to the various marks of Spitfire. We aim to bring you the lowdown on the key differences between the many versions that were produced, before, during and after the Second World War.
Over time, we will be bringing you further editions which will build up to form a complete set, detailing the complete lifespan of a British icon.
The numbering sequence for the various marks of Spitfire is not necessarily in numerical order. Some models were only produced in small numbers, some were unique and some were virtually identical to another, the numbering system existing for the convenience of the companies that produced them and for aiding the maintenance crews in knowing which specific set of tools they needed,as opposed to the mark numbering of car manufacturers, where adding another number meant that they had improved, evolved or brought out and entirely new generation that would make the previous model obsolete. This wasn’t the case with the Spitfire – in fact, a good example is the Mk XVI. It was nothing but a MkIX with a Merlin engine built by Packard in the USA. Many Mk XVIs now fly with Rolls-Royce manufacturered Merlins, so are they to be regarded as MK IXs, simply because someone carried out an engine change? Another quirk is that the MK VIII came out after the MKIX – 9 before 8, making a nonsense of any idea that the highest number was the latest and greatest generation of Spitfire.
What we aim to do in this series, is to present them all in numerical order, regardless of chronology, so you have a handy reference guide and can look up a particular type easily by number alone. We have stuck to Roman numerals, as this was the case with the actual Spitfire models themselves right up until the adoption of Arabic numerals with the advent of the MK21, by which time the Spitfire had evolved into a very different beast, well on its way to boasting twice the power of the first incarnation, but with the penalty of carrying twice the weight as well.
We hope you enjoy this series of downloads. Please bear in mind that we are a restoration company that
also offer passenger rides in Spitfires. We are not historians – these guides are borne out of sheer enthusiasm and love for the subject and any errors or omissions are regrettable, and easily corrected in future versions which will also be available through flyaspitfire.com
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