This first of two volumes on the Supermarine Spitfire covers the design, testing, development, and early WWII coOver 180 b/w and color photosmbat use of the famed British fighter aircraft? initial variants. The Spitfire in its original marques up to the Mk. VII provided a platform that allowed the Royal Air Force to challenge the German Luftwaffe? Messerschmitt Bf 109 and Focke-Wulf Fw 190 fighters during the 1939?942 period of WWII. The book also covers the Seafire Marques I to III, which provided similarly valuable service for the British Navy? Fleet Air Arm.