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Author Topic: Spit-Spiteful comparison  (Read 1591 times)
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Black Hornet
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« on: April 19, 2012, 01:56:06 PM »

Same plane, different wing, dramatic speed difference.

Spit Mk 14.
a)   Maximum level speed in F.S. gear, 447 m.p.h. at 25600 ft.

Max. speed 777 km/h 483 mph
and the first of these flew on 30 June 1944. This prototype comprised a Spitfire XIV fuselage with the new wing, a 2,035hp Rolls-Royce Griffon 61 engine and an armament of four 20mm cannon. Named Spiteful,
http://www.aviastar.org/air/england/sup ... iteful.php

Add Spit Mk 21 with same Griffon 61 motor for kicks, 455 mph.
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« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2012, 02:20:27 PM »

The spiteful link is broken.

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« Reply #2 on: April 19, 2012, 04:05:01 PM »



Looks a lot like 190 wings
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« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2012, 12:05:47 AM »

Would I be right in observing that the canopy looks like the P51-D series? or am I smoking crack?  Huh?
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« Reply #4 on: April 21, 2012, 03:17:21 PM »

Yep, looks like P-51 wing, but it didn't handle well, so it was cancelled.

The new wing was fitted to a modified Spitfire XIV NN660, in order to make a direct comparison with the earlier elliptical wing, and was first flown on 30 June 1944 by Jeffrey Quill. Although the new Spitfire's speed performance was comfortably in excess of an unmodified Spitfire XIV, the new wing displayed some undesirable behaviour at the stall which, although acceptable, did not come up to the high standards of Mitchell's earlier elliptical wing. NN660 crashed 13 September 1944, killing pilot Frank Furlong. No reason for the loss was officially established.


Both the Spiteful and Seafang production orders were cancelled, as conventional winged Spitfire and Seafires were easier to construct. In all, only 17 Spitefuls were built, and two Seafangs.
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« Reply #5 on: April 26, 2012, 02:43:47 PM »

I seem to recall the Spitefull took the P51 wing, aerofoil and all and mated that to the Spit 21 fuselage?
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