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Aviation Classics - Issue 3 - Spitfire

Issue 3 - Spitfire


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The third in the ‘Aviation Classics’ series it features the quintessential British fighter of World War Two, the ‘Supermarine Spitfire’.

‘Fiery-tempered’, ‘easily aroused to anger’, ‘a device that emits fire – especially from a cannon’. Just some of the terms used to describe the Spitfire. An aircraft with a personality all of its own - docile at times, swift and deadly at others. A fighting machine ‘par excellence’.

Edited and compiled by Jarrod Cotter, who has edited a host of aviation titles and was co-author of the highly successful Haynes Avro Lancaster Manual in 2008, this 132 page glossy A4 perfect bound 'bookazine' includea the following -

  • The history behind the latest paint scheme applied to the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight’s Spitfire IIa P7350 - an aircraft that actually fought in the crucial aerial conflict of 1940.
  • No 19 Squadron – the first RAF unit to receive the legendary type while based at Duxford.
  • Photo Reconnaissance Spitfires – variants of the famous fighter which flew alone and unarmed to gather vital intelligence.

Contents:

6 Introduction
8 Birth of a legend
10 P7’s new colours
18 Spitfire test pilot
24 Shuttleworth’s ‘missing’ gem
26 Historic Aircraft Flight
28 BBMF’s newest recruit
32 Goodwood’s Spitfire years
38 Spitfire ‘sky spies’
48 Alone and unarmed
54 Shark’s mouth ‘Spit’
56 Keep ’em flying
57 Rolls-Royce Merlin advertisement
58 Spitfire metamorphosis
62 Kiwi tribute
66 Early warbirds
70 ‘Sailor’s’ top guns
74 The chosen squadron
84 Seafires in action
90 Inside the ‘Spit’
94 Spitfire sisters
96 Spitfire fighter sweep sortie
103 Spitfire masterclass
112 The oldest ‘Spit’
118 Mk.Ia cutaway
120 Shadow factory
126 Desert ‘Spits’


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