What fuel does a Spitfire use?

What fuel does a Spitfire use?

He continued: “That process would make a crucial difference in mid-1940 when the Royal Air Force started filling its Spitfires and Hurricanes with the 100-octane gasoline imported from the United States instead of the 87-octane gasoline it had formerly used.”

Where is the fuel tank in a Spitfire?

Spitfires had two fuel tanks infront of the cockpit, an upper and a lower. Later models were fitted with drop tanks, and fuel tanks behind the cockpit as well. Spitfires had two fuel tanks infront of the cockpit, an upper and a lower.

How fast was a Spitfire mph?

369 mph
Supermarine Spitfire/Top speed

Was the Spitfire fuel injected?

The final development was the SU injection carburettor, that injected fuel into the supercharger using a fuel pump driven as a function of crankshaft speed and engine pressures; although this was fitted to the 100 series Merlins, which were not used in production Spitfires, it was used in the Griffon 60 and 80 series.

How big is a Spitfire engine?

After adoption for the prototype Spitfire, the engine, now named ‘Merlin’ was a 27-litre, liquid-cooled V12, producing an initial power output of 1000 horsepower, which was to all but double during the course of the war.

How much fuel does a Spitfire use per hour?

At ‘cruising’ speed and greatly reduced boost a Spitfire nowadays will make-do with 40 gallons (181 litres) per hour of 100 octane fuel.

What is the flying range of a Spitfire?

423 mi
Supermarine Spitfire/Range

How long can a Spitfire stay in the air?

The actual duration of most flights is around 30 minutes from engine start to shut down.

Did a Spitfire run out of fuel at Dunkirk?

Many of the planes flown and lost during at the Dunkirk evacuation were the Supermarine Spitfire, a single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force. Hardy’s plane has completely run out of fuel and his propeller has even stopped turning.

How much ammo did a Spitfire carry?

The Spitfire I was originally armed with eight . 303in Browning machine guns, each with 300 rounds.

Has a Spitfire broke the sound barrier?

A Spitfire very nearly broke the sound barrier in 1944. In the 1930s a small number of aero-engineers recognized that the piston-engine and propeller were providing diminishing returns.

How many gallons of fuel does a Spitfire hold?

A variety of external fuel tanks were fitted to the Spitfire over its wartime career – 30 gal c/l slipper tank 90 gal c/l tank (used by Malta Spitfires: one-way transit range approx 800 miles) 170 gal c/l tank

How many gallons of fuel does a WWII bomber tank hold?

85 gal internal capacity in two fuselage tanks, one above the other. Range described as “allowed for take-off, a climb to altitude, 1.65 hours cruising and 15 minutes combat at full bore”. A later re-design of these internal tanks increased their capacity by 10 gals.

How far can a spit IX fly with a drop tank?

Some serious range in those Spit IX’s with drop tanks, 1350 miles! Basically it would be quite obvious that the plane would be unstable when heavily loaded with fuel and drop tanks. You should always burn off the fuel in the drop tanks and rear tank first.

What was the fuel capacity of the Seafire L Mk IIC?

I have a British reference that states that the Seafire L Mk IIc had a fuel capacity of 85 Imperial gallons (386 liters) plus provisions for an auxiliary tank of 30 Imp gallons (136 liters). What’s that in American?