Spitfire PR Mk XIX                

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Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk XIX

Scale 1:33
Author: Evgeniy Polovinnik
File Size: 13.1Mb
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Spitfire PR Mk XIX
2 Squadron RAF, Flight B
Wunsfort, Germany 1950

Price $10.00

Model # 040_1

Spitfire Mk XIX
RAF, Battle of Britain Memorial Flight
152 Squadron markings
Price $10.00 Model # 040_3
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Technical data:
  Length 9.96 m    
  Span 11.23 m    
  Engine Rolls Royce Griffon 65, 2,050hp
  Max Speed 721 km/h    
  Crew 1    
     The Mk  19 was the last and greatest photographic reconnaissance variant of the Spitfire. It combined features of the Mk  XI with the Griffon engine of the Mk  XIV. After the first 25 were produced, later aircraft were also fitted with the pressurized cabin of the Mk  X and the fuel capacity was increased to 256 gallons, three-and-a-half times that of the original Spitfire.
     The first Mk  19s entered service in May 1944, and, by the end of the war, the type had virtually replaced the earlier Mk  XI. A total of 225 were built with production ceasing in early 1946, but they were used in front-line RAF service until April 1954. In fact, the last time a Mk  19 was used to perform an operational sortie was in 1963 when one was used in battle trials against an English Electric Lightning to determine how best a Lightning should engage piston-engine aircraft. This information was needed in case RAF Lightings might have to engage P-51 Mustangs in the Indonesian conflict of the time. There is an unsubstantiated rumor that the air combat simulator used to train RAF Tornado pilots retains the aerodynamic data for this Spitfire, and that the simulated aircraft is sometimes allocated a pair of Sidewinder missiles to even the odds.  (Wikipedia)

Model built and photographed by the author, used with permission. Photos show Spitfire Mk XIV

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