The Mk22 was one of the Griffon powered Spitfires. The Mk22 differed from the Mk21 by having a cut-down fuselage and a tear drop canopy. A total of 287 Spitfire Mk22's were manufactured at Castle Bromwich and South Marston. The Mk22 was used by one Royal Air Force Squadron, No.73, based in Malta. The remainder were used by the Royal Auxiliary Air Force. In 1955 some aircraft were sold off to equip the Air Forces of other nations.
The Mk 24 was the final variant of the Spitfire. It was identical to the Mk22 except that it had additional fuel capacity. Eighty one Mk24's were completed, 27 of them being conversions from Mk22's. They were only used by a single RAF squadron, No.80 Squadron. In 1952 some of the aircraft were sold to the Hong Kong Auxiliary Air Force.
The Griffon powered Spitfires are often referred to as 'Super Spitfires' to differentiate them from earlier versions. These Super Spitfires were twice as heavy as the earlier Merlin engined Spitfire's and had a completely re-designed wing.
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