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What is this aircraft?

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Sitting on the rear of the USS Des Moines is this "spotter" aircraft - looking very much like a Spitfire Mk XXII mounted on floats.

A Spitfire? :amazed:

Did the developer's imaginations run riot or what?!

 

For a start, the USN never used the Spitfire.

And neither did the Des Moines carry any aircraft. The facility to do so was included in her design and construction but neither she nor any of her class (Newport News and Salem) or subsequent classes were equipped with spotter/fighter aircraft.

 

C'mon, WG...if you are going to fantasise then at least use American aircraft.

 

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WoWS is NOT historically accurate.
It contains many ships that simply did not exist.

USN/AF did use Spitfires - Although mainly Europe theatre and the Navy briefly after D-Day to support Cruisers and Battleships.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Supermarine_Spitfire_operators


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That plane is NOT a Spitfire. It's a Seahawk floatplane.

Edited by Haku

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That plane is NOT a Spitfire. It's a Seahawk floatplane.

 

It doesn't looks like a Seahawk though...

 

My guess its WG's interpretation of what if a P51 would look like if it had a Seaplane/floatplane variant which obviously never existed.

The wings on this aircraft are tapered not elliptical like a Spitfire's.

Edited by Chawp

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That plane is NOT a Spitfire. It's a Seahawk floatplane.

 

The sleek noise, it doesn't have a radial engine like the Seahawk, clearly a otto cycle engine like a Merlin.

looks like a spitfire with pontoons it even has a spitfire paintjob :teethhappy:

edit: looking at it closely its not a P51 or a Spitfire resembles Spitfire body more but the canopy and wing tips are different 

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Game files call it an XP-40S (which I don't believe ever existed). If you look at its diffuse texture, "P-40S" is written on the tail. However, no matter how you look at it the fuselage definitely isn't a Warhawk.

 

If it's any consolation to the OP, it is American even if it is fantasy.

 

edit:

Best resemblance I could find so far - https://oldmachinepress.files.wordpress.com/2015/08/curtiss-xp-40q-2a-side.jpg

Ironically, the XP-40Q variant is a Warhawk that doesn't look like a Warhawk.

 

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Well...from a discussion on Skype just this morning...it's not right, but it's not wrong either.

 

In my point of view, it looks like an up-engined Curtiss Seahawk (the nose fuselage is lengthened to account for this) with Curtiss Warhawk wings. However, I have doubt that such a plane could fly in anything but steady level flight, since an upgraded engine normally means bigger and heavier, but the wings have stayed in the same position. Hence, the plane's centre of gravity is now placed further forward but the aerodynamic centre of lift has stayed the same...I wonder if the plane be unstable with such an arrangement. Then again, World War II-era planes were not known for being stability-neutral anyway.

 

Checking the game files, we can see that Wargaming has desginated it "XP-40S".

 

However, amade has found something; an experimental Curtiss Seahawk, desginated "XP-40Q-2A" that seems to tick all the boxes in what looks like the plane used on the Montana and Des Moines (with wheels instead of floats).

 

curtiss-xp-40q-2a-side_zpsphnakynp.jpg

 

The link to the website can be found here.

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Yeah, that looks about right. WG probably took a look at it, thought it looked cool and used it as a basis for the seaplane.

Then again WoWS isn't exactly a simulator :)

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It should be noted that the tail number from the image above is the same number used on the in-game model's tail. So it's definitely the plane used by WG as reference/inspiration.

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USN/AF did use Spitfires - Although mainly Europe theatre and the Navy briefly after D-Day to support Cruisers and Battleships.....

 

True.....I was aware of that fact.

Should have clarified by mentioning that they weren't used as attached units.

 

But at least the other posts clarified my puzzlement about what aircraft it is.

Thanks for that.

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True.....I was aware of that fact.

Should have clarified by mentioning that they weren't used as attached units.

 

But at least the other posts clarified my puzzlement about what aircraft it is.

Thanks for that.

 

No dramas, I don't know that much about allied aircraft, but after your post I was curious so I used the google on the internet machine... :)

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