In November of 1942, a Spitfire MkVb, piloted by Lt. Bernard Scheidhauer of the Free French Air Force, crash landed in France.
The relatively intact wreckage was recovered by German troops, and was shipped back to Germany.
German engineers wanted to determine how the Spitfire would handle whith a German engine installed, so they retro-fitted a Damlier Benz 605A (the same engine used in the Messerschmitt Bf-109G), which gave the Spitfire an almost 5,000 ft increase in operational ceiling.
Further testing was suspended after the far superior Spitfire Mk IX went into service, and the only example of this marriage of British and German engineering was destroyed in an Allied bombing raid in August of 1944.
In World of Warplanes, this is a Tier VI Premium plane in the German line. While it retains the typical Mk V armament of four .303 Browning MGs and two 20mm Hispano cannons, its greater altitude rating puts it on par with other German Tier VI fighters, without sacrificing the maneuverability of the Spitfire airframe. The 20mm cannons overheat quickly, but actually cool down faster than the MGs do, so there's a nice balance. Short bursts at close range are the key to gunnery success in this plane, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite premium fighters.
The following video is just a nice solid battle on the Fjords map. I'm up-tiered against Tier Vs, so this is not a terribly impressive performance, but it does serve to showcase this sweet little premium plane, and also serves as a platform to showcase some really cool music. The soundtrack contains excerpts from "Channel One Suite", a classic big band chart from the late 60's, performed the Buddy Rich Orchestra.
Hope y'all enjoy the ride.
Edited by _Warchylde_, 08 May 2017 - 03:34 PM.