Ultimate Spitfires

Peter Caygill

Date Published :
November 2020
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
60 b/w illustration
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Binding. : Paperback
ISBN : 9781526782298
Pages : 224
Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stock
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First-hand accounts of test-flying, combat and chasing V-1s, some of the fastest and highest-flying of World War II's most famous aircraft.

The Spitfire is probably Britain's best loved and admired airplane. It is also revered around the world. This book looks at the later marques that were modified for various special tasks and differed to a large degree from Supermarine's first early versions that saw action in the early days of World War II. New and more powerful Rolls-Royce engines replaced the well-tried Merlin, but increased the aircraft's performance in terms of speed and operational altitude. Subtle changes to wing design also increased the maneuverability and capability of these spectacular models that survived in the operational role until superseded by the introduction of jet-powered flight.

The content explains the design details, development and flight testing of twelve models and also contains their operational roles and history. Lengthy appendices will include Griffon-powered Spitfire aces, V1 rocket destruction aces, Griffon-powered Spitfire losses, and where the survivors can be found.

About The Author

Peter Caygill has had a lifelong interest in aviation history. His previous books The Darlington Spitfire (1840370769) and Spitfire Mark V in Action (1840372486) were both published by Airlife. He obtained a private pilot's license in 1979 and is a member of Cleveland Flying School.


“…a useful addition to the Spitfire literature …very fluid, readable narrative…”

- SpeedReaders.info

"...will be of interest to modelers and aviation historians alike."

- AMPS Indianapolis

"For the technical enthusiast, you'll find lots of numbers and analysis of systems and flight characteristics."

- Historical Miniatures Gaming Society

"If you have an interest in the design, development and combat history of the Spitfire, this publication will be of great interest and make a fine addition to your library."


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