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Spitfire
Author: John Dibbs, Tony Holmes
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472815513
Pages: 224
Year: 2016-05-19
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The Spitfire turns 80 on 5 March 2016, and the passion for the RAF's best-loved fighter is running at an all-time high. There are more than 50 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 a unique collection of stunning photos with poignant first-hand accounts of flying the aeroplane in combat, from some of the most famous aces to ever pilot the Spitfire, and from some of the pilots forgotten by history. Chronicling the history of the most iconic of British aircraft this is a 'must have' purchase for aviation enthusiasts.
Storm of Eagles
Author: John Dibbs, Kent Ramsey, Robert "Cricket" Renner
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472823028
Pages: 200
Year: 2017-06-29
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Soaring high above the fields and cities of Europe and Asia as well as the vast expanse of the Pacific, Allied and Axis pilots engaged in a deadly battle for control of the skies in World War II. Whoever won the skies would win the war. Published in association with the National Museum of World War II Aviation, Storm of Eagles is a fully illustrated coffee-table book that brings together classic as well as never-before-seen wartime images. Compiled by one of the world's premier aviation photographers and historians, this remarkable volume is a must-have for anyone interested in World War II aviation.
Hurricane
Author: John Dibbs, Tony Holmes, Gordon Riley
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1472822978
Pages: 224
Year: 2017-05-18
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2017 marks the 80th anniversary of the remarkable Hawker Hurricane formally entering service. The RAF's first monoplane fighter, it dragged the Air Force into a position where it could defend Britain in her 'hour of need'. The true workhorse of the RAF, the Hurricane came into its own in the hot summer months of 1940 valiantly defending the skies above Britain. Outnumbering Spitfires three to one, the Hurricane also downed far more enemy aircraft. Without the obvious elegance of the Me 109 or the Spitfire, the Hurricane was nonetheless beloved by its pilots for its ability to simultaneously take a battering and inflict serious damage from its remarkably stable gun platform. This stunning new book reveals the Hurricane in all its glory – from fascinating first-hand accounts from the men who flew her to the truly breathtaking images from John Dibbs of the Hurricanes still in flight today. This lavish, fully illustrated edition is a must-have for all fans of aviation history.
Building the Supermarine Spitfire
Author: Mark A. Chambers
Publisher: History Press (SC)
ISBN: 0750961465
Pages: 144
Year: 2016-02-01
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Building The Supermarine Spitfire presents an illuminating history of the design and development of one of World War II's most remarkable fighter aircraft. The unique sleek design of the Spitfire was truly a thing of aerodynamic beauty, forged with one matter in mind--speed. From unprecedented achievements in winning and setting new world speed records in the great Schneider Trophy Races of the late 1920s and early 1930s to being rolled out for eventual aerial combat in one of the world's most tumultuous and destructive conflicts, the Supermarine Spitfire served as a game changer in the struggle to master the skies. Mark Chambers uses many unpublished illustrations to explore the history of this iconic aircraft.
The Spitfire
Author: Philip Kaplan
Publisher:
ISBN: 1473898544
Pages: 232
Year: 2017-07-31
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The magnificent Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, together with its able partner the Hawker Hurricane, saved Britain from Nazi invasion in the summer of 1940 and irrevocably changed the course of the Second World War. This new book from Philip Kaplan celebrates one of history's most important weapons in a glorious new light. A British national icon, the Spitfire is the best-known symbol of the war years for generations of Britons. From the deep, haunting growl of its Rolls-Royce engine, to the elegant style of its elliptical wing, it is perhaps the most famous and revered combat airplane ever built. Kaplan investigates just what it is that fuels the Spitfire's compelling mystique. During wartime, it held an unrivaled reputation amongst Allied and Axis airmen. Today, it continues to hold aviation enthusiasts in thrall. Kaplan highlights the immeasurable contributions of Spitfire designers Reginald J. Mitchell and Joseph Smith, test pilots Jeffrey Quill, Mutt Summers and Alex Henshaw, and ace Spitfire pilots including Al Deere, Sailor Malan and Pierre Clostermann. All added to the legend of this lovely, but deadly, little fighter. The origin and evolution of the plane are tracked, and the story of the marvelous Merlin engine that powered so many Spitfires through those challenging war years and beyond is brought to life. Kaplan considers the phenomenon of the burgeoning warbird movement, a worldwide effort to restore, preserve and display scores of Spitfires and many other military aircraft types for hundreds of thousands of air show visitors the world over. There are only a few airworthy Mark I Spitfires today and this book centres round the Mk Ia AR213, whose total restoration to flying status was completed in 2008\. Much of its colourful background is described, as is the experience of flying it, in the words of both Tony Bianchi and Jonathan Whaley, who have flown it for many years and, arguably, know it better than anyone. In this, the eighth decade of Mitchell's brilliant fighter, Spitfire: An Icon of the Skies is dedicated to the craftsmen and women who built it.
Spitfire
Author: Eric B. Morgan, Edward Shacklady
Publisher: Key Publishing Group
ISBN: 0946219486
Pages: 650
Year: 2000
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Gigantic, illustrated history covers the entire career of this legendary British fighter, from its first flight in 1936, through its exemplary WWII service.
Last of the Few
Author: Max Arthur
Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.
ISBN: 1628730463
Pages: 304
Year: 2011-08-01
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After the fall of France in May 1940, the British Expeditionary Force was miraculously evacuated from Dunkirk. Britain now stood alone to face Hitler’s inevitable invasion attempt. For the German army to land across the channel, Hitler needed mastery of the skies—the Royal Air Force would have to be broken. So every day throughout the summer, German bombers pounded the RAF air bases in the southern counties. Greatly outnumbered by the Luftwaffe, the pilots of RAF Fighter Command scrambled as many as five times a day, and civilians watched skies crisscrossed with the contrails from the constant dogfights between Spitfires and Me-109s. Britain’s very freedom depended on the outcome of that summer’s battle: Its air defenses were badly battered and nearly broken, but against all odds, “The Few,” as they came to be known, bought Britain’s freedom—many with their lives. More than a fifth of the British and Allied pilots died during the Battle of Britain. These are the personal accounts of the pilots who fought and survived that battle. Their stories are as riveting, as vivid, and as poignant as they were seventy years ago. We will not see their like again.
Spitfire
Author: Leo McKinstry
Publisher: John Murray
ISBN: 1848545037
Pages: 300
Year: 2010-10-14
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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.
Spitfire Manual 1940
Author: Dilip Sarkar
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
ISBN: 1445607956
Pages: 288
Year: 2010-02-15
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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.
Lupe Velez
Author: Michelle Vogel
Publisher: McFarland
ISBN: 0786489979
Pages: 238
Year: 2012
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"Here is the first extensive, full-length biography and career record on the life and work of Mexican whirlwind Lupe Vélez (1908-1944). Included are stories and photographs and an analysis of lasting influence on popular culture. The foreword by Oscar-winning film historian Kevin Brownlow focuses on the fact and fancy behind Lupe Vélez's colorful public image"--Provided by publisher.
Victory-1940
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Publisher:
ISBN: 1910415499
Pages: 180
Year: 2015-09-18
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The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of the Spitfire
Author: Nigel Cawthorne
Publisher: Anness Pub Limited
ISBN: 1780190344
Pages: 256
Year: 2011
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The history of Britain's most iconic aircraft of World War II, with more than 250 photographs.
Flight
Author: JOHN M. ROWLEY DIBBS (SQN LDR CLIVE.)
Publisher:
ISBN: 1912205262
Pages:
Year: 2017-08-31
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P-51 Mustang
Author: John M. Dibbs
Publisher: Zenith Press
ISBN: 076031411X
Pages: 176
Year: 2002-11-30
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The greatest fighter to emerge from WWII is brought vividly to life through the stunning photographs of John Dibbs. The story is told through quotes and anecdotes of the greatest Mustang Aces of WWII. Poignant archival images are complemented by 21 of the most accurate Mustang restorations flying today. Filled with details of the men, machines and battle groups, plus forewords by Aces "Bud" Anderson and Col. Robert Goebel.
Spitfire Diary
Author: E. A. W. Smith
Publisher:
ISBN: 1571684328
Pages: 238
Year: 1996-01-01
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Former RAF pilot relives WWII flying Britain's hottest fighter

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