Speaking of, I saw someone's custom wallpaper of spitfire, and seeing that her name comes from a UK fighter plane, and the colours in the background were of the German flag, I couldn't help but point out that flaw.
I'd wager the fastest plane of World War Two was either the Gloster Meteor or the Messerschmitt Me262, both of which were jets. I think you might mean the fastest piston engined aircraft of the war. Even then, the German Ta152 may have been faster, I'm not sure of my facts there.
Also, to the artist - I believe you are correct, I think the spitfire character was actually named after the aircraft.
Mr. 323, you've tapped into a part of my brain that holds such info. What a bore I am. The Gloster Meteor, the first British jet fighter, could do 600 mph. The Messerschmitt Me 262, the world's first operational jet fighter, could do 559 mph.
The Focke-Wulf Ta 152, which I think is what you're referring to, could do a possible 759 mph. However, 43 were made and it entered active service in January 1945, when the Allies got the cane out of the cupboard and give the Jerries a darn good thrashing. So, you could say, it was focked from the beginning.
The Hawker Tempest could be 432 mph, the Supermarine Spitfire could do 449 mph however I don't how fast Spitfire can go, due to a lack of information.
I believe you may be confusing mph with km/h, or possibly you are quoting performance in the dive rather than in level flight - no piston engined aircraft has ever been able to attain 759mph in level flight, or indeed ever. A few have attained speeds over 600mph in high speed dives, but these tended to stress the airframes and particularly the propeller tips, which were approaching mach 1 in their rotational velocity, to absurd levels. For example, in late 1943 a Mark XI spitfire reached 606mph in a long, shallow dive from high altitude, but in the next flight whilst attempting to recreate this the propeller 'departed the aircraft' (I love understated flight test terminology XD) and the pilot was barely able to land having completely lost hydraulic pressure.
The information I have quotes a top level-flight speed for the Ta-152 at 472mph at 41,000 feet. Meanwhile, the fastest any spitfire of any mark ever attained in level flight was, I believe, around the 450mph mark, this being one of the late Griffon-engined variants, probably a photo-reconnaisance model.
Don't worry about being a bore, incidentally, I love chatting about stuff like this. XD
Incidentally also, I forgot about the Messerschmitt Me163 Komet, which apparently reached 698mph in 1944 - this may well be the fastest any WW2 aircraft went, ever.
Because that would be absolutely frickin' brilliant! XD
You're right about the later marks of spitfire - owing to the fact it was developed so much, so quickly, it's performance figures increased massively between the earliest and latest marks - its horsepower more than doubled between the Spitfire prototype and the Seafire Fr47, for instance.
Not really, if I'm honest - if we're talking about your first claim that is. No propeller aircraft will ever do 759mph, no matter how refined the system becomes. There is an upper limit as to what the whole propeller propulsion model is capable of. This is what Frank Whittle, amongst others, were realizing when they were inventing the jet engine - they needed a whole new approach to making planes go fast because they were approaching the upper limits of what propellers could do. An attempt to make a propeller aircraft that could do 623mph in the 1960s ended in failure after it would not stop shaking itself to pieces - out of the 11 times it flew, it had to make 10 emergency landings. Scary XD
Now, if only Spitfire could meet the people who flew these War Birds back in their time.... Time travel Spitfire? I could give you a fic, provided I am given a basic background of the character. This is your spitfire after all.