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Spitfire: The Biography (1st Edition) by Jonathan Glancey (2007)

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It is difficult to overestimate the excitement that accompanied the birth of the Spitfire. An aircraft imbued with balletic grace and extraordinary versatility, it was powered by a piston engine and a propeller, yet came tantalisingly close to breaking the sound barrier.

First flown in 1936, the Spitfire soon came to symbolize Britain's defiance of Nazi Germany in the summer of 1940. Flown by pilots of many nations, it saw service as far afield as Australia and the Soviet Union.

Spitfire: The Biography is a celebration of a great British invention, of the men and women who flew it, and supported its development, and of the industry that manufactured both the aircraft and the Rolls-Royce engines that powered it. It is also about a boy who wished he could have been a Second World War fighter pilot and who was later able to fly the aircraft that took his father into combat.

Jonathan Glancey is the architecture and design editor of the Guardian. He is also a pilot. A frequent broadcaster, his books include The Story of Architecture and The Train: An Illustrated History.

Product Overview
Product NoCMS0017098
Weight (g)295 g
AuthorJonathan Glancey
PublisherAtlantic Books
Edition1st Edition
Edition DateNov-07
Pages356
Size132 x 196 x 23mm
FormatPaperback
ISBN9781843545286
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It is difficult to overestimate the excitement that accompanied the birth of the Spitfire. An aircraft imbued with balletic grace and extraordinary versatility, it was powered by a piston engine and a propeller, yet came tantalisingly close to breaking the sound barrier.

First flown in 1936, the Spitfire soon came to symbolize Britain's defiance of Nazi Germany in the summer of 1940. Flown by pilots of many nations, it saw service as far afield as Australia and the Soviet Union.

Spitfire: The Biography is a celebration of a great British invention, of the men and women who flew it, and supported its development, and of the industry that manufactured both the aircraft and the Rolls-Royce engines that powered it. It is also about a boy who wished he could have been a Second World War fighter pilot and who was later able to fly the aircraft that took his father into combat.

Jonathan Glancey is the architecture and design editor of the Guardian. He is also a pilot. A frequent broadcaster, his books include The Story of Architecture and The Train: An Illustrated History.

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