Spitfire PR Mk XIX
High-speed Photo Reconnaissance Aircraft
The high-speed Spitfire PR.Mk XIX photo reconnaissance aircraft with a Griffon engine and characteristics similar to the German Me 262 jet fighters appeared in May 1944. The new photo reconnaissance aircraft was created on the basis of the Mk XIV fighter, but most of the vehicles were pressurized and could rise to a height of 13,716 m, and all, without exception, had wing fuel tanks of the Mk XI type. With outboard tanks, the aircraft had a practical range of 2,900 kilometers. This aircraft became the fastest of the Spitfire family, released in wartime - its speed reached 748 km/h.
A total of 225 such aircraft were built for the European, Mediterranean and Far Eastern theaters. After the war, they, along with de Havilland Mosquito, formed the backbone of the British Air Force's photographic reconnaissance units prior to the adoption of the Meteor and Canberra reconnaissance variants.