XX was born, as an alternative to a Hawker Typhoon night fighter with a British radar and only a single crew member. In this form, the Spitfire NF. From this idea, the Spitfire NF. In order to fit the equipment and the second crew member into the tight Spitfire airframe, and a separate compartment behind the pilot's cockpit and the real bulkhead was added. Armament was changed, too - more firepower and a longer range was deemed necessary to attack the German heavy night fighters, which themselves frequently carried defensive armament in the form of heavy machine guns. As a simple remedy, a conformal, fixed belly tank between the radiators was devised. The operational use of the machines was hampered by localized skin wrinkling on the wings and fuselage at load attachment points, a problem the type shared with the Mk.
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