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Spitfire Mark I P9374: The Remarkable Story of How a Unique Aircraft Returned to Flight [Hardcover]

Andy Saunders
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24 May 2012
Andy Saunders relates the fascinating story of the recovery of this Battle of France Spitfire Mk1 from the sands of Calais during the early 1980s and its subsequent return to the UK for rebuild and restoration to flying condition. The full history of the airframe from the factory to loss, the aeroplane's operational history with 92 Squadron and the story of the pilots who flew it during its career are also told, as is the unfolding saga of its restoration and return to air - detailing its progress through the workshops right up to the first flight in 2011. Upon completion P9374 will be the earliest mark of Spitfire flying anywhere in the world. It is also intended that this landmark aeroplane will grace many major airshows into the foreseeable future.

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Product details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Grub Street; UNKNOWN edition (24 May 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1908117060
  • ISBN-13: 978-1908117069
  • Product Dimensions: 24.1 x 17.3 x 2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,417 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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An absorbing and beautifully illustrated account. --Flypast Magazine

Awesome production quality - such a beautiful and brilliant book. --Terry Deary, Author of Horrible Histories

About the Author

Andy Saunders is an eminent and well respected aviation historian with a growing body of acclaimed work to his name - viz Finding the Few, Finding the Foe and Bader's Last Fight amongst others.


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally engrossing 21 Jun 2012
Format:Hardcover
I first must declare an interest here as one of my photographs of this fabulous aircraft has by a complicated route found its way into the book.

Having recently had the disappointment of reading a much-hyped history of the Battle of Britain and finding it to fall far short of the claims made for it, I approached this book with lower expectations than I might previously.

I have read most of the author's earlier books and found them fascinating; but they largely deal with the human side of WW2 aviation's aftermath. This book deals with the machinery of that period, specifically a crushed, rusted and sand-filled wreck of a Spitfire found on a beach in Calais long after the war, then continues to cover its no-expense-spared restoration.

It could have been a rivet-counters' charter to publish such a book, but Andy Saunders has neatly side-stepped all of the traps and produced a tale that you can't help rushing through, even though anyone with an interest in aviation well knows the magnificent outcome.

The book is readable, interesting and reveals many aspects of a complex restoration that I certainly had never conceived would have existed. Each chapter brings new interest and fascination.

Added to that the photographs (my one apart) are stunning.

Criticisms?

For me it could well have been longer and still held my interest. I am sure there are many facets that have been ommitted in the interest of readability for the non-obsessed.

But whatever, it is a book that can proudly take its place on my shelves and will be referred to whenever I discuss restoration and originality.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 17 July 2012
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After having had the privilege to have seen this spitfire in Duxford air museum and watching the progress of its restoration right through to watching it fly at the air show, i was told about the existence of this book so decided to purchase it. It truly is a wonderful book written beautifully and chronicling the history of this particular plane brilliantly. Very pleased with it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Aircraft crazy 27 May 2013
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My partner is aircraft crazy - as long as they are of a certain vintage! Neither he nor I are fans of "modern noisy, pointy planes" or of civil aircraft. Give us a Spitfire, Hurricane etc and we are very happy. Interested also as we enjoy the tv programmes in which Andy Saunders features. For a fan this is a good buy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well Written 2 May 2013
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Another well researched book from Mr Saunders. A great story of how one Spitfire is flying again. Highly recommended for anyone with an Aviation interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 13 Mar 2013
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Absolutely riveting (no pun intended) account of the recovery and restoration of this iconic aircraft. Plenty of technical detail without being too heavy and full of jargon. Strikes exactly the right balace between entertainment and information. Loved it.
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