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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Crecy Publishing; Revised edition edition (Nov. 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0859790924
  • ISBN-13: 978-0859790925
  • Product Dimensions: 1.9 x 15.2 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,733,701 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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First published in 1979, a revised edition of an autobiography in which Henshaw reflects upon his experiences as chief test pilot with the Spitfire, and the Merlin engine, during World War II. Includes a new introduction by Jeffrey Quill and a foreword by Sir John Allison.

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Not as good as his flight of the mew gull or Geoffrey Quill's book, Spitfire but still a good read
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By Sally on 29 Dec. 2014
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one of our unsung heroes
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By E. Burrows on 26 Nov. 2012
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Brilliant read, what a pilot. One of the greatest test pilots there has been and a tremendous view of his life.
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Etruria on 6 Jan. 2011
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I received the book promptly and in excellent condition.
It was a Christmas present for my son and he was delighted with it.
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A nation at war brings the cream to the top - A great read 29 Jan. 2003
By C. Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
A nation at war, all hands to the tiller. Henshaw, already renowned as a young solo long distance record-breaking pilot, after a brief spell twiddling his fingers at Vickers, Weybridge meets Geoffrey Quill - another talented young flier, already chief test pilot of the Spitfire. In no time at all, he is offered and accepts the post of production test pilot at the massive, barely finished Castle Bromwich factory in the heart of the Midlands, with its Black Country weather.
By the end of the war, Henshaw had flown over 3,000 Spits straight off the line, barrel rolled Lancasters and flown upside down along ....!
Excelling in inverted flight, Henshaw's required to demo the Spit at the drop of a hat, flight test them in appalling conditions and keep a large team of disparate pilots working foir the common good. His sheer professionalism, commitment and outstanding flying skills shine through. Modestly written, a superb account of a great plane and great pilot.
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stunning war time exploits of legendary pilot alex henshaw 18 Nov. 1999
By Matthew Fairy (matthew.fairy@snet.net) - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The exploits of Alex Henshaw are done some fine justice in this book. It highlights testing of dangerous airplanes during WWII and how so many people contributed without mention. any flying fan will trully love this one! A must for aviation fans.
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