FROM A PURR TO A GROWL

SPITFIRE BATTLE OF THE ENGINES

Former OC Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, Clive Rowley, compares the famous Rolls- Royce Merlin engine with its ‘big brother’ the Griff on. He discusses their technical points and offers perspective on what it’s like to fly Spitfires with each powerplant

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The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Merlin-powered Spitfire Mk.IIa P7530 (nearest) leads its hangar mate, PR.XIX PS915, during a 2016 photo sortie. The difference in forward fuselage length and shape is clear. DARREN HARBAR

Supermarine’s Spitfire was originally designed around the Rolls-Royce (R-R) PV-12 engine, which was subsequently branded Merlin following the company’s convention of naming its powerplants after birds of prey.

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