Bruce Dickinson Warplane Diaries: Spitfire

Bruce Dickinson Warplane Diaries: Spitfire


The Bruce Dickinson
Warplanes Video Diaries Welcome to the Spitfire. This is the iconic aircraft immortalized
in film, designed by Reginald Mitchell, with its elegant
wingspan, elliptical wing. In many ways quite a fragile
aircraft, difficult to produce. It used new technology,
monocoque design fuselage. Not that numerous,
in fact, in the Battle of Britain, it was outnumbered almost
2 to 1 by the Hawker Hurricane, which actually took the
brunt of the punishment and did the most damage
to the bomber stream. The advantage
of the Spitfire, however, was that it could slog it out
one-on-one with a Messerschmitt 109. It’s a beautiful pilot’s aircraft—
nimble, great visibility, and didn’t suffer from one or two
of the shortcomings of the 109. In later years, the elegant wing of
the Spitfire was somewhat modified, because it turned out, in combat, when the Germans came up with some
very much more aggressive airplanes, the Focke-Wulf 190, for example, they had just start sawing the tips
of the wings in order to try and get the Spitfire to respond to the agility
of some of the German aircraft. In terms of armament, the Spitfire
was relatively lightly armed, not as lightly as the early 109s— they had 8 Browning .303 machine guns
in it, which packed quite a punch. However, you did run out
of ammunition after a few seconds, so it was important to try
and get a really killing blow. So, they started
putting cannons in the wings. That created a few problems, because
the wing was so delicate and thin that the cannon actually wouldn’t fit; you couldn’t get
very much ammunition in. But nevertheless,
in later marks of Spitfire, cannons became
pretty much standard. They actually modified the shape of the
wing in order to get more ammunition in. One little tip, if you
happen to be flying a Spitfire and you happen to be
chasing a Messerschmitt 109: make sure, if it decides
to dive away from you, that you remember to turn upside down.
Because the Spitfire had a carburetor. You get negative G for
a minute—and the engine stops. A bit of a problem if you
want to follow a 109 in a dive. So, for the Spitfire pilot,
he has the disadvantage; if he wants to run away
and still keep his engine, he has to flip the airplane
on its back and pull, which means you keep
positive G on the carburetor, which means it doesn’t float
around and cut the fuel supply off. The Messerschmitts
didn’t have that disadvantage. Nevertheless, extremely effective, very
maneuverable, a real pilot’s airplane, and had the advantage that,
unlike the Messerschmitt 109, it probably wasn’t gonna
kill you when you landed.

Eugene Islam

30 thoughts on “Bruce Dickinson Warplane Diaries: Spitfire

  1. "Eight browning .303's packed quite a punch."

    Uh I don't know about you, but rifle caliber rounds aren't really effective against modern aircraft at the time.

  2. I cant sleep, I need to put something on even more boring than Iron Maiden. I know I'll watch the boring one boringly talk in a boring way about something that only he could make boring.

  3. When Bruce Dickinson talks about Spitfire warplanes I remember "Aces High"
    We should watch Warplanes Diaries on Discovery Channel
    Saludos

  4. Spitfire was also able to glide for a hour and shoot a enemy plane without engine. Or that what the historicaly accurate movie Dunkirk showed us
    *cough*

  5. the battel of britan was won by hurrican + not Spitfire by alot of. polish pilots just Keep repeating propergander crap enough pruns out there 2 believe it. a before i foreget the landinggear was just as crap as bf 109

  6. Bruce is good at whatever he does and undertakes…Singer, fencer, pilot ,author, songwriter, businessman, airplane info host…and probaly everything else he does…

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