Originally published back in 1982, this revised edition marking the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain retains the air of an older book – text heavy, with the restrained use of mono photography. For anyone with a real interest in the history and development of the iconic fighter aircraft, however, this lack of distraction is ideal, and it’s unlikely you’ll find a more detailed, more thoroughly-researched narrative of Reginald J Mitchell’s genuinely beautiful design. And some of the details are genuinely mind-blowing; for instance, back in 1937, Japanese company Mitsubishi was keen to buy a single Spitfire. Just think of the potential change to the Second World War if that sale had gone ahead! Liberally illustrated with photographs from both public and private collections, this is a work that dares to be definitive.
The Spitfire Story, Alfred Price, Haynes Publishing, £25, ISBN 978-184425819-2
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