The Aerodynamics of the Spitfire J. A. D. Ackroyd Abstract This paper is a sequel to earlier publications in this Journal which suggested a possible origin for the Spitfire’s wing planform. Here, new material provided by Collar’s drag comparison between the Spitfire and the Hurricane is described and rather more details are given on the Spitfire’s high subsonic Mach number performance.
The Messerschmitt Bf 109 was designed by Willy Messerschmitt and Walter Rethel and had its first test flight in 1935. The all-metal aircraft had a closed cockpit and a retractable under-carriage. It was initially powered by a Rolls-Royce Kestrel V engine. It had a maximum speed of 342 mph (550 km) and had a range of 410 miles (660 km). It was 28 ft 4 in (8.65 m) long with a wingspan of 32 ft 4.
The biggest competition for the Supermarine Spitfire was the formidable Messerschmitt Bf 109. Both these aircraft could reach speeds of up to 350mph. However, some Spitfires were built with a booster which could increase their speed by 30 mph for roughly five minutes, giving them a much-needed advantage at critical moments. Despite the Spitfire’s light weight and agile design, the 109 could.
The Spitfire is the most famous plane of World War Two. Its groundbreaking design and superior specifications gave the British a decisive advantage fighting the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.
In my 2012 Quadrant essay Hermann Goering and the burning of the Bialowieza I made a comment that at the start of the war the Luftwaffe’s Messerschmitt 109 fighter was about on a par with the RAF’s Spitfire, but superior to the Hurricane. This was true in relation to the Mark I Hurricanes which came up against the Me 109 in France in 1939 and in the early battles over England in 1940.
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A real Spitfire experience sees passengers strapped into these iconic British planes, ready to feel the pure power and hear the throaty roar of the engine as it takes flight. First, a trained pilot runs through a safety briefing and what to expect when in the air. Hurtling through the sky at amazing speeds in a historic aircraft is breath-taking. Take a tour along the English Channel, where.
The Spitfire’s famous elliptical wing with sunken rivets to have the thinnest possible cross-section gave the aircraft a higher top speed than most other fighters of the time. These wings also made the Spitfire one of the most agile fighters in the sky, giving them the advantage with one-on-one battles. As well as this, the aircraft also had a very powerful engine. The 1,130 Horsepower.