Griffon Greatness


The Griffon-powered Spitfire Mk.XIV was a major late-World War Two warplane for the RAF, including its ‘tear-drop canopy’ form; Malcolm V Lowe describes the type’s story

One of the RAF’s main employers of the Spitfire FR.XIVe was 2 Squadron. A pair of that unit’s aircraft are seen in this image, TZ164/OI-A and SM927/ OI-C. Note the dissimilar roundels and fin flashes. (Key Collection)

The iconic Supermarine Spitfire is remembered chiefly for being powered by the excellent Rolls-Royce Merlin engine.

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