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Aircraft Stats:

Powerplant: 1 x 1,520 hp RR Merlin 70 piston engine
Speed: 657 kph, 408mph mph
Range: 698km, 434miles
Seats: 1
Length: 9.54m, 31ft 3.5in
Span: 11.23m, 10ft 10in
Empty Weight: 2 556kg, 5,634lb
Max T/O Weight: 4 309kg, 9,500lb
Period of Service: 1947 - 1954

Weapons:
None specified

Squadrons:
None specified

Attrition:
No incidents found

Spitfire Mk IXe

Status: Retired
Manufacturer: Supermarine
Country of Manufacture: United Kingdom
Role: Fighter
 
Description:

Fighter/interceptor. 

Following the end of the Second World War, Britain offered it's Commonwealth air forces a gift of surplus aircraft in recognition of their role during the war. This included 80 Spitfire Mk IXs, while a further 56 Mk IXs were purchased at £2,000 each.

Fifty of the older F.IXes were powered by the earlier Merlin 60 engine, while 86 were later production HF.IXe with broad-chord rudders, tear-drop canopies, Merlin 70 powerplants and 'E' type wing. Some later models had the clipped wing.

SAAF serial numbers were from 5501 to 5637.

Armament:
Two 20mm Hispano cannon and two 0.50 in (12.7 mm) Browning machine-guns in wings, and provision for 'zero-length' rocket rails or 1,000 lb (454 kg) bombs.


Images:

Spitfire Mk IXe 5553 of the SAAF Museum historic Flight in 1996. Spitfire Mk IXe 5553 AX-K of 1 Sqn. Spitfire Mk IXe 5543 DB-A of 2 Sqn. Spitfire MK IXe 5534. Mk L.F.IX, 'KJ-T, (SM143), piloted by Maj. M.V. 'Wally' Brunton, OC. No.4 Squadron, Italy, 1945. Spitfire Mk L.F.IX, 'V, (MJ123), No.7 Squadron, Italy, 1945.