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.
Ron Mackay? interest in aviation commenced during World War II. The local Coastal Command airfield at Wick, Scotland, provided a wealth of RAF and USAAF designs to stimulate his enthusiasm; postwar National Service sustained the interest. In addition, a working knowledge of German subsequently extended his field of study to the Luftwaffe, with specific reference to nocturnal operations? relevant choice since his uncle flew and survived operations with Lancasters of No. 49 Sqdn, RAF Bomber Command. The latter activity led to regular visits to Luftwaffe reunions, with much valuable personal anecdotes and technical information garnered. To date, nearly thirty books, several of them coauthored, have been brought out, while on current hand are contracts for a further number of RAF and Luftwaffe titles.

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