The tropicalized version of the Spitfire Vb is the most recent aircraft to be shown off for IL-2: Cliffs of Dover 5.0 which is being worked on by Team Fusion for a future release. The North Africa expansion to the now classic Battle of Britain title is bringing with it some interesting new types with the Spitfire Vb (trop) being a key piece of the puzzle. Let’s have a look!
The Spitfire Vb was the key frontline fighter for the RAF in 1942 and 1943 and saw service in nearly every theatre that the RAF fought in. The tropicalized version of the Spitfire Vb featured a large chin mounted filter system to keep fine particles out of the Merlin’s sensitive machinery. The filter worked and permitted the Spitfire to operate in harsh desert conditions, however, the aerodynamic penalty dropped performance.
Coming in the planned North Africa update by Team Fusion for Cliffs of Dover, the Spitfire Vb will join other aircraft like the Bf109F, MC.202 and D.520 as part of a desert specific scenario.
You can see the Spitfire Vb in the following video, however, Team Fusion is keen to point out that its still an alpha version of their new North Africa map and new features such as a new cloud system, weather, detailed rock formations and distance views are not yet in.
Enter the Martlet
Even before the U.S. Navy had placed an order for the F4F Wildcat, the Royal Navy had ordered what they then called the ‘Martlet’ to replace the Fairly Fulmar. The Martlet made an impact in multiple operations including providing support for the landings in North Africa and that has ensured that it will be a part of the line-up of aircraft that Team Fusion is putting together for version 5.0.
Check out this new video featuring the Martlet, new sounds, and some more quick views of the alpha North Africa map.