The Restoration and Preservation of the Last Supermarine Swift F4

Guy Ellis

Guy Ellis delivers a fitting tribute to British ingenuity by breathing new life into the story of the WK275, the last Supermarine Swift F4.
Date Published :
October 2017
Publisher :
Grub Street Publishing
Illustration :
Illustrated throughout
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Binding. : Hardback
ISBN : 9781910690505
Pages : 160
Dimensions : 9.75 X 7.25 inches
Stock Status : In stock


WK275 is a unique historic airframe and the only Supermarine Swift F4 left in the world. The aircraft spent 46 years outside an army surplus store before being purchased off eBay in 2012 and restored by Jet Art Aviation to static display condition. It now resides with Vulcan to the Sky which draws 1,500 paying visitors a month who will see WK275 and the other famous artifacts on site. Guy Ellis sets the scene of the importance of Britain’s early jets, covers the development of the Swift, which puts WK275 in context, then traces the heritage of that aircraft, its operational life, how it was acquired and finally the full story of its restoration with a plethora of detailed photographs, drawings and publicity images. The Swift pioneered the second generation of jet fighters and by recording the full story of one special aircraft, Guy Ellis has delivered a fitting tribute to British ingenuity. Ideal for exhibit visitors, vintage aircraft enthusiasts, restorers and Supermarine aficionados.

About The Author

Guy Ellis is an aviation historian who has written many articles and is the author of, amongst others, Serve to Save – The South African Air Force at Sea and Britain’s Jet Age Volumes 1 and 2.

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