The Legend Lives On

Spitfire cover


The Spitfire turns eighty on March 5, 2016, and the passion for the Royal Air Force's best-loved fighter is running at an all-time high. There are more than fifty Spitfires flying in the world today, and John Dibbs has shot virtually all of them, “on the wing,” in his breathtaking style.

This eye-catching book combines this unique collection of stunning photos with poignant firsthand accounts of flying the airplane in combat from some of the most famous Aces to pilot the Spitfire and from some of the forgotten pilots. Chronicling the history of this most iconic of British aircraft, this book is a must-have purchase for aviation enthusiasts.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC/ Introduction by Phill O'Dell / Author's Preface / The Early Marks / Spitfire Mk V / Spitfire Mk VIIIs / MH434 / Spitfires in Blue / Packard Merlin Spitfire / Griffon Spitfires / Seafires / Spitfire Spectacular / From the Archive

Product details

Published May 24 2016
Format Hardback
Edition 1st
Extent 224
ISBN 9781472815491
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 95 b/w, 90 col
Dimensions 11 x 9 inches
Series General Aviation
Short code GNA
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Tony Holmes

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