Did the Spitfire 21 still had elliptical wings

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    Can you tell me did the spitfire mk21 still had elliptical wings.

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    Go Google images for Spitfire 21. Thre are plenty of pics on the web.
     
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    No Spitfires had elliptical wings - they had semi-elliptical wings. The Spitfire Mk21 was the first with the 'new' wing, which had extended span but reduced chord outboard, later carried on to the last of the Marque, in the Mk22/24.
    In basic terms, outwardly it had the fuselage of the MkXIV, and developed the wing later to be fitted to the last type in the lineage.
    Hope this helps, but certainly, any photo will show the difference between the 'traditional' wing and the last two Marques.
     
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    So mk21 still had a semi-elliptical shape??
     
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    that look like a elliptical shape wing to me.

    thanks. Ian
     
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    The trailing edges form an ellipse and the leading edges don't. That's why Terry correctly described the wings as "semi-elliptical".
     
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