Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VC
Shown here is Spitfire Mk.VC, (BR202). This was the first Spitfire to be fitted to carry the 773 litre (170 Imp gal) slipper tank, the lack of ground clearance beeng evident in this view. With a further 132 litre (29 Imp gal) tank in the fuselage behind the pilot's seat, total fuel load was 1,291 litres (284 Imp gal). Trials carried out at Boscombe Down in August 1942 showed range to be 2,615 Km (1,625 miles) at 4,572 m (15,000 ft). Take-off run was 530 m (580 yards).