Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII

Externally the Mk XVIII was very similar to late production Mk XIVs. It had the bubble canopy and cut back fuselage. It was armed with the “e” wing, with two 20mm cannon and two .50in machine guns, or four 20mm cannon. 300 were produced, 200 of which were FR (Fighter Reconnaissance) aircraft, which sacrificed some fuel capacity to carry two F.24 vertical cameras and one F.24 oblique camera. It used either a 2,035 hp Griffon 65 or a 2,340 hp Griffon 67. The Mk XVIII saw service after the Second World War, in Malaya and in Palestine.

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How to cite this article: Rickard, J (12 March 2007), Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVIII, http://www.historyofwar.org/articles/weapons_spitfire_mkXVIII.html

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