As much a national hero as Wellington, Nelson or Montgomery, the Supermarine Spitfire has become the most recognisable icon of World War 2 for several generations of Britons. From the throaty growl of its Rolls-Royce Merlin or Griffon, to its beautifully tapered elliptical wings, the Spitfire is a true aeronautical thoroughbred. Regarded by many as the saviour of the Sceptred Isle 'in its darkest hour', the Spitfire is without a doubt the most famous combat aircraft the world has ever seen. The year 2000 celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire's 'finest hour'. This lavishly illustrated volume makes a stunning pictorial tribute to the airworthy survivors of today.
About the Author
Tony Holmes has worked as Osprey's aerospace editor since 1989, having previously served as an author/photographer for this publishing house in Australasia. He established the critically acclaimed and hugely popular Aircraft of the Aces series in 1994.
Table of Contents
The Early Marks · Shuttleworth Spitfire · Far East Spitfire · The Mercurial Mk IX · Spitfire in Blue · Griffon Spitfire · Packard Merlin Spitfire · Jungle Fighter · Appendices · Index