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Supermarine Seafire Mark IB
|Dimensions||36'10" by 29'11"
11.23m by 9.12m by 3.86m
|Maximum speed||354 mph at 17,550
570 km/h at 5350 meters
|Climb rate||42 feet per second
12.8 meters per second
|Service ceiling||31,500 feet
|Power plant||1 1440 hp (1074 kW) Rolls-Royce Merlin 45 vee-12 liquid-cooled engine.|
|Armament||2 20mm fixed wing
4 0.303 fixed wing machine guns
|Range||410 nautical miles (670 km) on internal fuel|
|166||Mk.I conversions from 1942-2|
|402||Mk.II from 1942-6|
|1220||Mk.III from 1943-4|
II had better landing gear, catapult spools, and a 1645 hp (1227 kW)
Mark III was a fully navalized version with folding wings and a 1585 hp (1182 kW) Merlin 55M.
The Seafire was the navalized version of the famous Spitfire. The initial Mk.Is were converted from Spitfire VBs for the Torch landings in North Africa. Later versions were purpose built as carrier aircraft. The Seafire was unfortunately not a success, lacking the sturdy undercarriage required for carrier operations and having a rather short range. However, it stood at least some chance against the Zero, which could not be said of the other British carrier fighter of that period, the Fulmar.
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