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Holtzauge
03-09-2008, 11:08 AM
Here is a link to an article from the German magazine Luftwissen from 1942 that I scanned a while back. It provides an interesting analysis of the Spitfire through German eyes.

BTW: If you do not know about the ww2aircraft.net forum already you should register. It has tons of interesting info such as manuals etc.

Enjoy!

Holtzauge
http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/other-mechanical-syste...on-1942-a-12267.html (http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/other-mechanical-systems-tech/german-spitfire-evaluation-1942-a-12267.html)

Holtzauge
03-09-2008, 11:08 AM
Here is a link to an article from the German magazine Luftwissen from 1942 that I scanned a while back. It provides an interesting analysis of the Spitfire through German eyes.

BTW: If you do not know about the ww2aircraft.net forum already you should register. It has tons of interesting info such as manuals etc.

Enjoy!

Holtzauge
http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/other-mechanical-syste...on-1942-a-12267.html (http://www.ww2aircraft.net/forum/other-mechanical-systems-tech/german-spitfire-evaluation-1942-a-12267.html)

DKoor
03-09-2008, 11:47 AM
Nice stuff.

blairgowrie
03-09-2008, 12:32 PM
It seems that the evaluation is all in German!

Xiolablu3
03-09-2008, 01:00 PM
Can you guys translate for us please?

Holtzauge
03-09-2008, 02:54 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by blairgowrie:
It seems that the evaluation is all in German! </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Well I believe using German in Germany in 1942 was common practice http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Seriously: Here are some comments I posted on the ww2aircraft.net:

Page1:

"Flugzeugfuhrer....bemängeln die etwas geringe Längdstabilitet". So the Germans think it's too sensitive in pitch. Intersting to compare with the British complaints about the heavy elevator control on the 109. It's all about what you are used to I suppose

A nice touch is also where they say "Die Leistungen der Spitfire wurden.....stark ubertriben" and go on to mention the discrepancy beween British numbers and what they have measured themselves on captured aircraft. Kinda reminicient of British evaluations of the Me109...

Page 2:

Notice they know of the original plans for only 4 MG's and their observation that the late addition of the other 4 leads to a rather (in their view) poor arrangement of the guns!

Page 3: "Bemerkungen der Aerodynamik": They chalk one up for the Spit on aerodynamics as "recht gut" and "gefähige Formen"

OTOH they seem unimpressed by the choise of airfoil: "Ein Schnellflugprofil stellt es nicht dar"

Page 4: They complain about the air intake (I think?) and that this is made out of an Elektron (Magnesium) cast with 12 mm thick walls weighing a in their view hefty 5 kg?

Page 7: Interesting point on the balancing of the ailerons: "12 kleine 25 g-Bleigewichte" that could be inserted in a tube?. That was new info for me....

Further, they observe that a lot of control surfaces use brass bearings as oppsed to ball bearings. I think the Germans used mostly ball bearings for control surfaces?

It would be good if someone with a good grasp of German could translate it completely though.....

Holtzauge