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JG53Frankyboy
04-29-2004, 04:47 PM
is its performance more like a Spitfire LF.MkV ore more like a Spitfire LF.MKIX ?

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JG53Frankyboy
04-29-2004, 04:47 PM
is its performance more like a Spitfire LF.MkV ore more like a Spitfire LF.MKIX ?

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lbhskier37
04-29-2004, 05:03 PM
From my quick look online, it should be like a MkV spit. Its a little heavier and therefore slower, but not by much. Keep in mind we are going to be seeing less performance out of carrier based aircraft than we are used to for landbased ones.

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JG53Frankyboy
04-29-2004, 05:11 PM
have the same impression after some google surch.

the Spitfire LF.MkV is a good "fake2 for a Seafire L.MKIII - only the B armament instead of the C is harming a little bit http://ubbxforums.ubi.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

VW-IceFire
04-29-2004, 06:37 PM
All SeaFire Mk III's were C type? I can't find any B or E pictures...just wondering.

We may have a Mark VIII as well which is similar to the IX I believe.

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Seafire_LIII
04-30-2004, 02:37 AM
All Seafire IIIs (FIII, LIII and FRIII) had a folding wing that had "c" armament with 2x20mm cannon and 4x.303 MG. It was known as the navalised wing. Seafire FXV and FXVII used the same wing. Apparently the FAA didn't use the MGs much (which only added 20% to the weight of fire, had a different trajectory, short range, etc).
I'll dredge thru the info I have and try and post some LIII performance figures soon. While it weighed a little more than the Spit V it also had a little more power a little lower down (the LIII had the Merlin 32 or the 55M) together with a 4 blade prop and six stack exhausts (more thrust than the Spit V's 3 stack exhausts).

In his book "The Seafire" David Brown wrote, "The LIII... in 1945 was still the fastest and stepest climbing Allied carrier interceptor. The angle of climb was quite remarkable..." I've read elsewhere that the climb angle was around 45deg.

By the way I've never seen any figures but
according to my late father, who flew Seafire IIIs in the UK in 1945, they did use 150 octane in their Seafires- he described it as having a very different colour from the 100 octane.