Spitfire: The Illustrated Biography

Spitfire: The Illustrated Biography

by JonathanGlancey (Author)


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.


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Format: Hardcover
Pages: 260
Edition: Main
Publisher: Atlantic Books
Published: 12 Oct 2006

ISBN 10: 1843545276
ISBN 13: 9781843545279

Author Bio
Jonathan Glancey is well known as the former architecture and design correspondent of the Guardian and Independent newspapers. He is also a steam locomotive enthusiast and pilot. A frequent broadcaster, his books include the bestselling Spitfire: The Biography; Nagaland: A Journey to India's Forgotten Frontier;Tornado: 21st Century Steam; The Story of Architecture and The Train: An Illustrated History.