Supermarine Spitfire: Owners' Workshop Manual
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The legendary Supermarine Spitfire receives the famous Haynes manual treatment with the full co-operation and authorisation of the Royal Air Force. Here is a unique insight into what it takes to own, restore and operate a Spitfire, as well as providing a wonderful insight into the engineering and construction of this remarkable aeroplane. Presented mainly in colour, this highly detailed and attractively designed manual is based around the restoration of the Spitfire Mk XVI at RAF Coningsby.
Today the sight and sounds of a Spitfire strutting its stuff is the high point of any air show. More than 22,000 of these aircraft were built, the youngest survivor, a Seafire variant, first flew in 1947, making it over 70 years old.
However, preparing for such longevity was not a consideration for those who designed and built these aircraft. During hard-fought periods of the war, a Spitfire had an average life of just a few weeks.
In the years following the war the number of airworthy Spitfires plummeted, and by the mid-1960s only eight remained in Great Britain. Then came the epic film The Battle of Britain, which needed all operational Spitfires it could get to perform the aerial battle scenes. The film, released in 1969, proved a huge success. It also led to an explosion of interest in airworthy Spitfires, and showed that almost anyone, provided he or she was wealthy enough, could own and perhaps fly a Spitfire.
- 160 pages
- Published in 2010
Size: Approx. 213 mm (w) x 275 mm (h)
Author: Dr. Alfred Price
Author 2: Paul Blackah
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