Spitfire The Biography
It is difficult to estimate the excitment that accompanied the birth of the Spitfire. An aircraft imbued with balletic grace and extradionary versatility, it was powered by a piston engine and a propeller, yet come tantalizingly close to breaking the sound barrier. First flown in 1936, the Spitfire soon came to symbolize Britain's defiance of Nazi Germany in the Summer of 1940.
Spitfire: The Biography is a celebration of a great British invention, of the men and women who flew it and supported its development, and of the industry that manufactured both the aircraft and the Rolls-Royce engines that powered it. It is also about the ways in which the sight, sound and story of this lithe and legendary fighter continue to stir the public imagination worldwide more than eighty years on.