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  • WWII Spitfire Floatplanes....

    great pics, prototypes, designers, test pilots, etc, etc..

  • #2
    Stunning performers. Just a pity that their range wouldn't've been up to scratch without wrecking their performance.
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    • #3
      I think it was more a question of time and energy; you could make significant increases in the range of the aircraft: The Mk VIII had leading edge wing tanks and I think from the Mk XIV onwards they had a rear fuselage tank but there was no real drive to boost the range for much of the war.

      Don't have the relative ranges to hand but I do recall that the throttle settings are significantly higher than that of the P-51 even though the latter was heavier, primarily due to the lower form drag deriving from the fuselage and partially laminar flow wing
      History is not tragedy; to understand historical reality, it is sometimes better to not know the end of the story.

      Pierre Vidal-Naquet


      • #4
        Reminds me that there was an Me-109 on floats (BF-109 W) developed to piggy back on a French flying boat for reconnaisance of New York harbour. The project was stumped by Allied destruction of the French Flying boat (Potez C.A.M.S. 161 VE ID + WW) during a straffing raid at Lake Constance on 18 September 1944.

        The Me-109 floatplane was supposed to return from New York and alight in the Atlantic beside a U-boat so the pilot could return with the photographs.
        Last edited by Simon_G; 01 May 10, 16:39.
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        • #5
          Even sitting on those ugly floats, she is still one pretty airplane.
          If there are no dogs in Heaven, then I want to go where they went when they died-Will Rogers


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