Which is the best Spitfire mark?

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Which Spitfire mark is the best?

  1. Mark I

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  2. Mark I Reconnaissance Aircraft

    0 vote(s)
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  3. Mark II

    0 vote(s)
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  4. Mark V

    6.7%
  5. Mark VI

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  6. Mark VII

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  7. Mark VIII

    26.7%
  8. Mark IX

    20.0%
  9. Mark X

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  10. Mark XI

    6.7%
  11. Mark XII

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  12. Mark XIV

    6.7%
  13. Mark XVI

    6.7%
  14. Mark XVIII

    6.7%
  15. Mark XIX

    13.3%
  16. Mark 21

    6.7%
  17. Mark 22

    0 vote(s)
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  18. Mark 24

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  19. Spiteful

    13.3%
  1. Oskar the Pilot

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    Hello everyone,

    This is yet another of my major threads. I were wondering, what Spitfire mark do you either like the most or assume is better than the rest?
    Basically, which is the best Spitfire mark? Personally, I think the XIX is quite cool, but my favourite for now would have to be the XIV. The winner of this may be my favourite plane. Explain your answers.

    Happy voting!
     
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    Most pilots who flew Spits believed the IX to be the best of all Marks.
     
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    The best Spitfire was the one that was available. However if your asking favourite version then this is mine the PRXIX

    blue-spitfire-fighter.jpg
     
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    Hard to choose...
    Mine would have a Merlin. So I'll go for the glorious Mk9.
    John
     
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    Except you voted for the XI damn those pesky Romans and there numerals :lol:
     
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    #7 Juha, Jan 4, 2012
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    Hello
    I have always problem to choose between Mk VIII and Mk XIV, but because one could not choose Mk VIII in the poll Thorlifter gave the link, I now voted for VIII, after all it was the Spitfire, or in fact a development from the Spit (Mk VII), which was designed for utilisation of 60-series Merlins, not a shotgun marriage between Mk V fuselage and 60-series Merlin like Mk IX. And it had extra fuel cells so it had longer range. But it flew like IX, maybe a few miles faster because of its retractable tailwheel.

    Juha
     
  8. Airframes

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    No such thing as 'The best Spitfire' - purely (if rather simplified) as it was a design which evolved with a need - there may, however, be a 'favourite' Spitfire, in ones personal choice.
    And, of course, the 'best' aircraft to fit the need/role/mission at a particular time. This includes economics, operational effectiveness, and availability for a particular theatre/time period.
    Arguably the best 'All Round' Mark, as a fighter, was the MkVIII, in performance, handling etc, etc .
    BTW, from the MkXVIII onwards, the Roman numeral nomenclature was replaced by Arabic numerals. Thus, for example, the PR 19 was recorded as such, and not PRXIX.
     
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    MkI or MkII closely followed by the early PR variants.

    Yes, I know they weren't the "best" of the breed but there's something about the early, non-cannon variants with Type A1 roundels on the fuselage, Type A roundels under the wings, and a goodly slathering of Dark Earth, Dark Green and Sky camo that just gets the pulse racing.

    Then again I might be a tad biased....
     
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    Very true. Hence my vote goes to the Mk IX. It restored parity with the FW 190 and was never truely beaten by any mass produced Me 109 until very late in the war when newer fighters took over most of the workload. It also was economically more sensible than the Mk VIII. The second place would go to the Mk I, which also was relative to its opposition, very competetive.
     
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    Groan...I should have paid more attention in latin

    John
     
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    Why are none of you voting for the XIV? It's amazing!
     
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    While I agree with what Airframes wrote, I would like to ask if Mk XIV wouldn't be better than Mk VIII as "the best" all rounder?


    And again in agreement that there is no best mark, I could pick the best looking one but all marks look great so I can't decide I like'm all. :)

    To choose the favorite one I think I would have to fly all marks to check them maybe then I could say more... :)
     
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    Doesn't the MkXIV have significantly less range than the MkVIII? It is a better interceptor, but a better all-rounder?
     
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    #15 buffnut453, Jan 5, 2012
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