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Spitfire Mk VIII Australia 2 by WS-Clave Spitfire Mk VIII Australia 2 by WS-Clave
The Supermarine Spitfire entered service in WW2 and become one of the best known and iconic aircraft of the time. In total there were 24 Marks of Spitfire produced, and many 'sub variants' within those versions. It was used by almost every Allied Air Force, and continued in service well after the war with countries such as Burma, Denmark, Egypt, and Israel.

Various wing types were introduced from the Mark 5 onwards including a 'universal' C wing which could have different gun fittings.

The 'A' Wing had 8 x 7.7mm machine guns.
The 'B' Wing had 4 x 7.7mm machine guns and 2 x 20mm cannon.
The 'C' Wing had 4 x 7.7mm machine guns and 2 x 20mm cannon or 4 x 20mm cannon.
The 'E' Wing had 2 x 12.7mm machine guns and 2 x 20mm cannon.

There were also 'LF' and 'HF' wings on some Marks which were specialised Low Altitude (clipped) or High Altitude (extended) wings.

The Spitfire Mark I had a 1,030 hp Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and could reach 350 mph.
The Spitfire F Mark 22 had a 2,035 hp Rolls-Royce Griffon engine and could reach 450 mph.

This example is a Mark VIII of 457 Squadron RAAF, circa 1944.
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alotef Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2013
I got a photo of her up close last year.
Nice work, once again.
~Mike
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GulfKiller101 Featured By Owner Aug 14, 2010
Is that Bobby Gibbes' Spit?
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Aug 15, 2010
Ted Sly - He flew with Bobby Gibbes, and their Spitfires are often pictured together.
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TopGunSGA Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2010
I think the whole of 457 (Grey Nurse) Squadron painted the sharkmouth onto the nose
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner Sep 4, 2010
I think that's right from the pics I have seen :)
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M2M-design Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Beautiful!!
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
Thanks! and thank you for adding more to your collection. :)
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M2M-design Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
Great works Clave!! Very beautiful!! Wallpaper version?? Mmmmh.... :clap:
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WS-Clave Featured By Owner May 1, 2008
What size?
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M2M-design Featured By Owner May 1, 2008  Professional Digital Artist
1600x1200!! Great clave!! Thx!! :)
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