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Ultimate Spitfires

Author : Peter Caygill
ISBN : 1526782294
Genre : Crafts & Hobbies
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The Spitfire is probably Britain's best loved and admired aeroplane. It is also revered around the world. This book looks at the later marques that were modified for various special tasks and differed to a large degree from Supermarine's first early versions that saw action in the early days of World War II. New and more powerful Rolls-Royce engines replaced the well-tried Merlin, but increased the aircrafts performance in terms of speed and operational altitude. Subtle changes to wing design also increased the manoeuvrability and capability of these spectacular models that survived in the operational role until superseded by the introduction of jet-powered flight.The content explains the design details, development and flight testing of twelve models and also contains their operational roles and history. Lengthy appendices will include Griffon-powered Spitfire aces, V1 rocket destruction aces, Griffon-powered Spitfire losses and where the survivors can be found.
Category: Crafts & Hobbies

Malloch S Spitfire

Author : Nick Meikle
ISBN : 9781612002521
Genre : History
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This is the story of the pursuit of a dream. Spitfire PK350 is the only late-mark Spitfire, an F Mk 22, to have ever been restored to full flying status. She had no restrictions on her airframe and with four fully serviceable 20mm cannons, she was as good as the day she came off the production line in July 1945 near Birmingham, England. She first flew as a restored aircraft on 29 March 1980 at the hands of one John McVicar “Jack” Malloch. By then a legend in his adopted country, Rhodesia, Malloch had in 1977 been entrusted by the hierarchy of the Rhodesian Air Force to restore SR64, as she was then known. In two and half years, Jack Malloch and his trusted engineers, with critical help from the Rhodesian and South African air forces, completely restored SR64 to flying condition. The fact that she was fitted with a propeller made by a German company added a sweet irony to a project that had to contend with sanctions imposed by Britain, the original country of manufacture, and highlighted the enterprising spirit of the team. This was possible because Malloch, with the backing of the Rhodesian government, had built up a successful charter airfreight company that assumed different guises, depending on where it was operating, to bypass sanctions. Malloch's network thus facilitated his quest to restore and once again fly a Spitfire such as he had flown in the RAF during the Second World War. Some fascinating insights are revealed in this account. From the test pilot who first flew her as PK350 on 25 July 1945, the reader is taken on a journey through the aircraft's complete life, with the project's lead engineer and most of the surviving pilots who flew her gracing the story with their memories. For two years PK350 delighted those fortunate enough to see her fly, mostly around Salisbury (Harare) airport. Then, on what was planned to be its last flight, Malloch's Spitfire never returned to base.
Category: History


Author : Leo McKinstry
ISBN : 9781848545038
Genre : History
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In June 1940, the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. A self-confident Herman Goring thought that it would be only a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender. The courage, resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong. By late September 1940, the RAF had proved invincible, thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed. RJ Mitchell, a shy and almost painfully modest engineer, was the genius behind the Spitfire. On the 5th March 1936, following its successful maiden flight, a legend was born. Prize-winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.
Category: History


Author : David Owen
ISBN : 9781473828063
Genre : History
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Innumerable books have been published on the two most famous fighter aircraft of all time, the Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109. But books setting out to tell the story of both aircraft are very much rarer - probably fewer than the fingers of one hand. Yet their joint story is one which bears retelling since both were essential to the air campaigns of World War Two. Incredibly, the men who designed them lacked any experience of designing a modern fighter. R J Mitchell had begun his career working on industrial steam locomotives, Willy Messerschmitt had cut his aeronautical teeth on light and fragile gliders and sporting planes. Yet both men not only managed to devise aircraft which could hold their own in a world where other designs went from state-of-the-art to obsolete in a staggeringly short time, but their fighters remained competitive over six years of front-line combat. Despite the different ways their creators approached their daunting tasks and the obstacles each faced in acceptance by the services for which they were designed, they proved to be so closely matched that neither side gained a decisive advantage in a titanic struggle. Had either of them not matched up to its opponent so well, then the air war would have been a one-sided catastrophe ending in a quick defeat for the Allies or the Axis powers, and the course of twentieth century history would have been changed beyond recognition.
Category: History

Spitfire Manual 1940

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 9781445607955
Genre : History
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How to fly the legendary fighter plane in combat using the manuals and instructions supplied by the RAF during the Second World War.
Category: History

Orient Express Magazine

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ISBN : IND:30000087831388
Genre : Great Britain
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Category: Great Britain

The Supermarine Spitfire F 24

Author : Phil H. Listemann
ISBN : 9782918590330
Genre : History
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The full history of the Supermarine Sptfire F.24. Often forgotten, the last mark of the Spitfire played however its role in this unstable post-war era even if it hasn't been engaged in combat. Its presence in the British colony of Hong Kong, while the Communits China had been proclaimed, was far to be only symbolic. Over 30 photos illustrate this booklet, with a set of 3 colour profiles, printable as a poster.
Category: History

Spitfire Voices

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 9781445624570
Genre : Transportation
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Category: Transportation

Aviation News

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ISBN : STANFORD:36105132662888
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics

Spitfire Dive Bombers Versus The V2

Author : Bill Simpson
ISBN : 9781473818484
Genre : History
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On 8 September 1944 the first of over 1,000 V2 missiles aimed at southern England exploded in west London. It had been launched from a wooded street corner in Den Haag in the Netherlands. Fighter Command was responsible for defending Britain from air attack and thus Air Marshal Roderic Hill countered the threat by using six squadrons of Spitfires from 12 Group bases in Norfolk to discover and then dive-bomb the mobile V2 launch sites scattered throughout the Dutch towns and countryside. This was no easy task as the missiles were well camouflaged and often positioned adjacent to dwellings occupied by civilians. The RAF was under orders to cause minimum damage to Dutch property and life, therefore precision bombing became a necessity. This is a full account of the campaign including discussions of the strategy and tactics employed and the equipment used and it also considers the effect upon Dutch civilians. It draws upon the experiences of sixteen Allied pilots, ground crew and the Dutch who were at the receiving-end of the attacks.
Category: History

Triumph Spitfire And Gt6

Author : Richard Dredge
ISBN : 9781847977045
Genre : Transportation
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For a whole generation of car enthusiasts, Triumph was the manufacturer to turn to when buying a sports car. Whether it was a Spitfire or GT6 - or the more costly TR models - this Coventry manufacturer was the sports car king during the twentieth century. Now that these machines are fully fledged classics, nothing has changed. While the Spitfire has the MGB as a formidable adversary, the GT6 is still in a class of its own. Triumph Spitfire and GT6 details the history and development of these classic cars, with specification guides for each of the five Spitfire derivatives and three GT6 models. Topics covered include the development and production of the five Spitfire derivatives from 1962 - 1980, the Spitfire 4, 4 Mk2, Mk3, MkIV and 1500; the GT6 models from 1966-1973, the Mk1, Mk2 and Mk3; the Spitfire and GT6 in motorsport - 24 Hours Le Mans, Alpine Rally and Tour de France, and racing in the US; full buying guide and tips on modifying, with colour and trim options, and details of optional extras available for each model. Also includes an insight into what the press thought of each Spitfire and GT6 derivative, with pages devoted to how the cars were marketed. Superbly illustrated with 291 colour photographs.
Category: Transportation

Spitfire Girls

Author : Carol Gould
ISBN : 9781407070940
Genre : Fiction
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Top-class pilots were crucial to the survival of Great Britain during the dark days of the Blitz, and playing a vital role in fending off the German attack were the women's section of the Air Transport Auxiliary, a close and dedicated circle of female pilots. In the midst of events that would shape history, these women risked their lives to ferry aircraft day and night from factory to the arena of war, and lasting friendships were born. Together, Edith Allam and her fellow pilots faced Nazi terror, class prejudice, and the forbidden romances of wartime - yet their remarkable strength carried them through. Spitfire Girls evokes all of the drama of this extraordinary period of history, and is a tribute to the heroism of these brave women, without whom the Battle of Britain might never have been won. Truly inspirational, it is the tale of adventure, courage and the relationships that shape all of our lives.
Category: Fiction


Author : Chaz Bowyer
ISBN : 0861241401
Genre : Airplanes, Military
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Category: Airplanes, Military

How The Spitfire Won The Battle Of Britain

Author : Dilip Sarkar
ISBN : 9781445609812
Genre : History
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Finally lays to rest the myth that the Hurricane won the Battle of Britain rather than the numerically inferior, yet more glamorous, Spitfire.
Category: History


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ISBN : IND:30000117320576
Genre : Aeronautics
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Category: Aeronautics

The Ultimate Escape

Author : Tom Clancy
ISBN : 0425169391
Genre : Juvenile Fiction
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The Net Force Explores go into action when one of their former members, talented pilot Julio Cortez, and his family are taken hostage by a gang of deadly criminals. Original.
Category: Juvenile Fiction

Spitfires In Japan

Author : Cecil Bouchier
ISBN : WISC:89088062252
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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'Boy' Bouchier, who died in 1979, was both a remarkable 'soldier's soldier' and a 'diplomat's diplomat', combining battlefield courage and endurance with great leadership skills and a keen understanding of human nature. This long-awaited memoir has been skilfully edited for publication by Dorothy Britton (Lady Bouchier).
Category: Biography & Autobiography

Dinosaurs Spitfires And Sea Dragons

Author : Christopher McGowan
ISBN : UOM:39015021492437
Genre : Science
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Analyzes modern animals to learn how prehistoric animals solved similar problems, and discusses warmbloodedness, the bird-dinosaur relationship, fossils, and extinction
Category: Science