The ultimate iteration of the famous "Spitfire", with an entirely new laminar-flow wing. Note also the wide-track, inward-retracting landing gear in the top photograph, which represented a vast improvement over the Spitfire's narrow-track landing gear. Although one of the fastest aircraft in the world at the time it first flew, jets were already rendering it obsolete. However, Supermarine applied the design of the Spiteful's wing on their new jet fighter, the "Attacker".
Richard I Carling, e-mail, 29.04.2017 18:03
airfoiltools.com have a root and tip wing profile for the Supermarine 371 wing. Thickest at 40-50% of chord.
Peter, e-mail, 01.03.2016 23:58
You should look at and read " Spitfire, a test pilot's story" written by Jeffery Quill. In it, he has most of the Spitfire, Spiteful, Seafang variants as well as some of the aircraft rego numbers. Apart from that, it's a damn good read
Phillip, e-mail, 21.12.2011 23:04
As is usual for us brits it took us a while but we got there just a bit late. Bill Schultz I think has a picture of an MB5 a Martin Baker aircraft the air ministry chose to ignore.
Booger, e-mail, 23.09.2011 10:16
An even more extremely late reply to Bill Schultz's question. Have you checked out the Martin Baker MB5 ?
Reg Barlow, e-mail, 21.09.2010 22:01
An extremely late reply to Bill Schultz's question. Did you look up the Supermarine Seafang - a navalised version of the Spitful with counter-rotating props and a chin air intake, much as you described. Google images and the Imperial War Museum website has a picture that may either confirm or deny any suspicion.
Phil Brooks, e-mail, 23.10.2009 00:01
Late reply to Bill Schultz. Your description could fit the Commonwealth Aircraft CA 15 Kangaroo, except I can't find any reference to it's being fitted with contra rotating props! Have a look here:- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CAC_CA-15.
Paul Scott, e-mail, 15.10.2009 22:00
Nice design, even though it's the spit really - yeah, amazing it reached 494 mph!
Luke, 12.10.2009 17:34
any idea what the Supermarine 371-I wing wing was like? I'm trying to model the wing on a java aerofoil program but don't have a clue what teh 371-I designation is for
Stuart Willard, e-mail, 06.08.2009 13:20
I am intending to produce an illustration of this aircraft and would be grateful for any imagery and/or information about it and its development. Have done a few contra rotating prop spits (Mk21 variant and Mk47) so would in particular love to illustrate this particular version too.
d.jay, 30.01.2009 22:15
Bill: the photo you have seems to be of a Martin Baker MB5 a prototype fighter of 1944.
Bill Schultz, e-mail, 25.01.2009 09:55
Problem: I have a photo of what appears to be Spiteful F M15...but...the oil/coolant cooler intake is ala Mustang...located on the underside of the fuselage aft of the cockpit.
Do you have any ideas on what the configuration is designated or where I might find details of such a configuration..
Good chance it is a one-off but I really want to properly identify this photo.There are no cannons installed so it might be a test article.
I have tried searching most of the websites re Spitfires and none show both the contra-rotating props and the large aft mounted oil/coolant cooler.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
Bill Schultz Williamsburg, VA, USA
bmcclen45, e-mail, 23.01.2009 21:03
What a beatiful airplane. Along with CA-15 two of the greatest piston prop aircraft ever conceived. Although P-51H and proposed xp-72(variant of P-47) which was exspected to top 540mph! and F8F Bearcat(legendary climbing ability) should be considered.
calum morris, e-mail, 09.02.2008 15:44
its soooo nice i want one!
Sam, e-mail, 02.12.2007 03:14
Mark XVI - The two conversions from the Mark XIV, RB516 and RB518 were fitted with the Griffon 101 engine producing 2,420 hp and a top speed of 494 mph :QUOTE from this site http://www.supermarine-spitfire.co.uk/the_spiteful.htm
dave russ, e-mail, 04.07.2007 22:20
This airplane is simply georgeous. Where are the remaining airframes. The Griffons have probably been used up.