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A Spitfire Mk IX on patrol. The Mk IX, with its greatly improved performance, was introduced in 1942 to counter the threat of the Focke Wulf FW 190.
The report of the Air Fighting Development Unit in April 1942 said:- "The performance of the Spitfire IX is outstandingly better than the Spitfire V especially at heights above 20,000 feet. On the level the Spitfire is considerably faster and climb is exceptionally good. It will climb easily to 38,000 feet and when levelled off there can be made to climb in stages to above 40,000 feet by building up speed on the level and a slight zoom. Its manoeuvrability is as good as a Spitfire V up to 30,000 feet and above is very much better. At 38,000 feet it is capable of a true speed of 368mph and is still able to manoeuvre well for fighting."
The canvas is approximately 1/2" deep, painted on all four edges and fitted with picture-hanging cord, so it can be left unframed if preferred.