Six Spec­tac­u­lar Spitfires

Ed­i­tors’ picks roundup

Model Airplane News - - CONTENTS - By the Model Airplane News crew

Com­ing out of the days when most air­craft were still bi­planes uti­liz­ing wood and fabric, the Su­per­ma­rine Spitfire was a mod­ern de­sign fea­tur­ing all-metal con­struc­tion. And while other air­craft de­signs faded away, the Spitfire was con­stantly up­graded to al­low for greater power and ar­ma­ment, and it stayed in pro­duc­tion through­out World War II. Mak­ing its first flight in March 1936, the Spitfire had the great­est pro­duc­tion run of any other Bri­tish air­craft, and even­tu­ally more than 20,000 were built. For the RC mod­eler, there are a whole bunch of Spitfire types from which to choose. From the orig­i­nal Mk I, all the way to the fi­nal Spitfire vari­ant, the Seafire F Mk 47, th­ese sleek, grace­ful, and deadly dog­fight­ing ma­chines stir the emo­tions. For all WW II war­bird fans, the Spitfire has to be high on the list of the great­est fight­ers in the world. It cer­tainly is for us. We went back over our many RC war­bird re­views and we scanned all our flight tests and ar­ti­cles to come up with the ed­i­tors’ top six Spitfire choices. If you’re itch­ing for some true Bat­tle of Bri­tain dog­fights, then one of th­ese bad boys is sure to fit the bill.

The el­e­gant but su­per­com­plex wing plan­form of the Spitfire is uni­ver­sally rec­og­nized. It was, the­o­ret­i­cally, the best shape for a wing be­cause it matched the span-wise lift dis­tri­bu­tion and pro­duced the least drag for the lift. The fact that it is down­right beau­ti­ful is just a happy byprod­uct of en­gi­neer­ing.

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