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Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian06 Sep 2022 9:46 p.m. PST

The U.S. Navy had a close and unusual relationship with the Supermarine Spitfire, one of the outstanding fighter aircraft of World War II…

USNI: link

Personal logo 20thmaine Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2022 6:26 a.m. PST

If you want to read more about this try Spitfires over Malta by Brian Cull.

One of the issues was that the Spitfire's undercarriage wasn't really up to carrier operations (hence the eventual development of the Seafire). It also needed the carrier's speed and a suitable wind direction to get safely airborne off Wasp's deck (IIRC).

Personal logo Mserafin Supporting Member of TMP07 Sep 2022 7:21 a.m. PST

hence the eventual development of the Seafire

My uncle was a rigger for Seafires at Scapa Flow during the war. He said he was kept busy because of the large number of deck crashes they were involved in.

Blutarski20 Sep 2022 2:35 p.m. PST

I seem to recall a story that more Seafires were lost to landing accidents than in combat.

Can anyone confirm/refute that?


steve dubgworth24 Sep 2022 6:35 a.m. PST

was in cuba a few years ago and in the museum of the revolution the was a seafire which was used by the revolutionary forces at the bay of pigs fiasco ----or so they claimed.

Wolfhag Supporting Member of TMP18 Oct 2022 10:34 a.m. PST

I seem to recall a story that more Seafires were lost to landing accidents than in combat.

Can anyone confirm/refute that?

It had the same problem as the Corsair. Long nose because of the fuel tank behind the engine, high engine torque, and landing gear problems.

Here is a list of sobering crash statics from WWII: link


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