Quick Answer: How Long Did It Take To Build A Spitfire During The War?

How long could a Spitfire stay in the air?

Re: How long can a spitfire fly for.

I believe they have an internal fuel capacity of about 90 gallons-I was told by someone who flew them that they would use about 1 gallon/minute ‘just flying around’ so a max of about 90 min then.

Of course, in combat fuel consumption would likely be higher, so less than that..

How many Spitfire pilots are still alive?

The three surviving members of the Few are Flt Lt William Clark, 100, Wing Commander Paul Farnes, 101, and Flying Officer John Hemingway, 100.

How long could a Spitfire shoot for?

Total weight of projectiles fired was 1.8 kg (4 lb) per second. Ammunition capacity was enough for 16 seconds continuous firing in the Spitfire, slightly more in the Hurricane.

Has a 747 ever broken the sound barrier?

As it shot across the Atlantic, the Boeing 747-400 jet reached a top ground speed of 825 mph. However, the jet did not actually break the sound barrier, because that is measured by its airspeed, or the speed of the plane relative to the air through which it is traveling.

What made the Spitfire so good?

A symbol of victory. The Spitfire is the most famous plane of World War Two. … It was only after multiple improvements that the Spitfire’s winning combination of speed, manoeuvrability and firepower turned it into a formidable killing machine and a much loved British icon.

How many ww2 Spitfires are left?

Fast-forward to present times and how many are left in the world today? Around 240 are known to exist. Of these, around 60 are airworthy. 70-odd are used for static display and around 110 across the world are either held in storage or are being actively restored.

Who shot down the most planes in the Battle of Britain?

In just 42 days 303 Squadron shot down 126 German planes, becoming the most successful Fighter Command unit in the Battle of Britain. Nine of the Squadron’s pilots qualified as ‘aces’ for shooting down 5 or more enemy planes, including Sergeant Josef Frantisek, a Czech flying with the Poles who scored 17 downed planes.

How many Spitfires were built during the war?

22,000The Spitfire was to remain in production throughout the entire war and eventually over 22,000 of the aircraft were built.

Which plane shot down the most planes in ww2?

the Messerschmitt Bf 109Hans-Joachim Marseille flew the Messerschmitt Bf 109 during his entire career and shot down the most Western Allied aircraft: 158 official kills.

What did German pilots think of the P 51?

German pilots found the P-51 to be a formidable opponent for their piston-engined fighters, mainly Messerschmitt Bf 109s and Focke-Wulf Fw 190s. Because of its raw and diving speed, many German pilots stated that once a Mustang got on your tail, it was nearly impossible to shake it off.

What was the fastest Spitfire?

The F Mk 24 achieved a maximum speed of 454 mph (731 km/h) and could reach an altitude of 30,000 ft (9,100 m) in eight minutes, putting it on a par with the most advanced piston-engined fighters of the era. Although designed as a fighter-interceptor aircraft, the Spitfire proved its versatility in other roles.

Has a propeller plane broke the sound barrier?

Originally Answered: Has a propeller-driven aircraft ever broken the sound barrier? Yes. It was NASA’s XF-88 research aircraft, which had a specially designed prop to complete the task, and landed safely.

Are any ww2 Spitfire pilots still alive?

Flight Lieutenant William Clark, 100, and Flying Officer John Hemingway, 100, are now the only surviving members of The Few.

How long did it take to use all the ammunition in the Spitfire?

The short answer is about 15 seconds of total fire, delivered in seven to eight two-second bursts. A Spitfire MKI and II had eight (8) Browning . 303 machine guns, each with 300 rounds and a rate of fire, when sustained, at 1,150 rounds per minute. A total weight of 2,400 rounds was carried.

How much did it cost to build a Spitfire in 1940?

The two ideas came together. In May 1940, Spitfire funds took off. The aircraft were priced at an entirely theoretical £5,000.