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Spitfire : A Test Pilot's Story - Jeffrey Quill


A Test Pilot's Story

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An exceptional test pilot, Jeffrey Quill took charge of some of the most important military aircraft of his time and, in particular, the immortal Spitfire from its experimental, prototype stage in 1936 to the end of its production in 1948. He used his first-hand experience of combat conditions fighting with 65 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain to help turn this elegant flying machine into a deadly fighter airplane.


Very interesting, but a bit repetitive.


From other books I have read, Jeffrey Quill is regarded as perhaps the finest Spitfire aerobatic pilot. This book is certainly an accurate account of the development and success of the aircraft from start to finish and is very informative. Much of the early chapters were taken up with the political wrangling prior to the first production contract and while this is important in the overall Spitfire story, it did seem to go on a bit and didn't have much to do with test flying. I would have liked more detail about the actual flying characteristics with more comparison between the various Marks. I also felt that at the end of the book I didn't know very much about Quill as a person, he didn't give much of himself in regard to his thoughts and feelings about war and the many changes that were happening at the time. Having said all that, I did enjoy the book and would recommend it to anyone interested in the Spitfire story. A similar book that I personally enjoyed more and would highly recommend, is "Portrait of a Legend, Spitfire" by Leo McKinstry.




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ISBN: 9780947554729
ISBN-10: 0947554726
Series: Soft Cover
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st November 1998
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 23.3 x 17.2  x 1.8
Weight (kg): 0.7
Edition Type: New edition