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Book Review by Guy Warner Spitfire – a Test Pilot’s Story by Jeffrey Quill, 335 pages SB, 44 B&W ..
'Henshaw's love of flying and his enthusiasm for true airmanship shine through on almost every page...

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Testing the Spitfire
Author: Alex Henshaw
£10.95
Testing the Spitfire
Alex Henshaw


The enthralling account of Alex Henshaw’s life with the Spitfire.

Alex Henshaw spent the early days of World War II at Eastleigh, England, testing the immortal Spitfire fighter with Jeffrey Quill before being appointed Chief Test Pilot at Supermarine’s new factory in Castle Bromwich. Thousands of Spitfires were tested and manufactured at this site throughout the war, by the end of which 37,000 test flights had been made with Alex Henshaw flying an estimated ten per cent of all Spitfires ever built. Often landing without aids of any kind, his breathtaking aerobatic style and complete mastery of the aircraft were to save his life on several occasions.

I scrawled rapidly on my pad, 'Baling out - engine seizure - suspect piston conrod.' I had barely finished my scrawl when the machine shook so much that I tore my safety harness pin, pulled down my goggles to protect my eyes from oil, glycol and debris, snapped back the cockpit hood and with all my strength kicked away from the cockpit


Royalties from the sale of this edition will be donated to the RAF Benevolent Fund

Product description

ISBN: 9780947554835
Binding: Paperback
Dimensions: 234mm x 156mm
Pages: 240
Photos/Illus: b&w photographs throughout

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