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??? - Spitfire: Simply Superb /Warbirds/ (3)
The Spitfire I X4857 soon after its arrival in Portugal early in 1943.
The only Spitfire built on an export contract was the single Mk I for France, which first flew in May 1939 and is seen here as discovered at Orleans by German occupation forces in 1940.
A Spitfire VB serving with the USAAF’s 496th Fighter Training Group at Goxhill in 1944.
"Пятерки" 335-й греческой эскадрильи на аэродроме Хассани
A line-up of tropicalised Spitfire VBs in service with the Greek Air Force in 1945.
Five Spitfire VBs. with tropical filters, serving with the Egyptian Air Force at Almaza in 1946.
A Spitfire LF Mk IXE in service with the Turkish Air Force.
Spitfire F Mk XVIEs in service with No 322 Squadron, manned by Dutch personnel, in Europe after the D-Day landings.
Spitfire F Mk XVIEs in service with No 322 Squadron, manned by Dutch personnel, in Europe after the D-Day landings.
One of Folland's Spitfire VB conversions that operated from the Great Bitter Lake in Egypt at the end of 1943.
The sole Spitfire IX converted - by Folland Aircraft - to be the last of the Spitfire floatplanes.
Spitfire VIII A58-465 of Australian-manned No 457 Squadron in August 1944
Personnel of the Australian-manned No 457 Squadron at Sattler in February 1945, showing shark's teeth insignia on the Spitfire VIII.
The Mk VIII MT818 converted by Supermarine to the prototype Spitfire Trainer.
A Spitfire IX with guns removed, wings clipped and an oblique camera fitted, operating with No 60 Squadron of the South African Air Force.
Spitfire FR Mk XIV with clipped wings and rear-view hood.
An F Mk XIV of No 2 Squadron in 1945 modified to carry an oblique camera.
An FR Mk XVIII of No 32 Squadron.
The first of the Griffon-engined Spitfires, DP845, in its earliest Mk IV configuration, with a Griffon IIB, retractable tailwheel, underwing flap brackets and standard wing. In this guise, it was later fitted with a mock-up of six wing cannon.
The Mk IV/20 DP845 with the "C” wing armament and enlarged rudder.
Effectively the Mk XII prototype, DP845 finally flew with clipped wing tips.
"Спитфайр" XII с подвешенной под фюзеляжем бомбой
A later Mk XII with retractable tailwheel, clipped wing tips and a single bomb under the fuselage.
An early production Spitfire XII, with fixed tailwheel and standard wing;
One of the six airframes used in development of the Spitfire XIV is shown here. JF318 in initial configuration with a Mk VIII tail unit.
One of the six airframes used in development of the Spitfire XIV is shown here. JF319 with increased fin area
One of the six airframes used in development of the Spitfire XIV is shown here. JF321 with Griffon 85 and contra-prop.
An experimental Spitfire F Mk XIV with rear-view hood
A Spitfire F Mk XIV in SW Pacific markings
The prototype DP851 as the Mk 21 prototype, showing the extended, pointed, wing tips and four-bladed propeller.
A post-war photograph of one of the few Spitfire F Mk 21s with a contra-prop.
The first production Mk 21 with a similar extended wing but the definitive tail unit and five-bladed propeller.
View of the Mk 21 prototype PP139 with definitive wing and pointed wing tips
View of the second production Mk 21 LA188 with the final, blunt wing tips.
The first production Spitfire F Mk 22 with the Mk 21 tail unit.
The prototype SX549, completed in 1944 as a Mk 21 with rear-view hood.
Stripped of its camouflage after the end of the war, this Spitfire F Mk 22 shows the definitive tail unit
Supermarine Spitfire 21