Best Spitfire book

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Just out of interest, what do forum members think is the best book that has been done on the Spitfire, and their reason for the choice, be it technical, photographic or whatever. Thanks
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Spitfire Survivors, vol.I and II. Without having ever held one of the books myself, the research behind it and the execution has always impressed me. I should have bought them when I could.... :(

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Morgan and Shacklady. By far the most used book on my bookshelf, and an awesome piece of authoritative research. Survivors I and II are pretty good too. Gifts of War is THE work on presentation aircraft and along one of my pet areas of interest. Spitfire International for where they all ended up once the RAF didn't need them any more.
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Can't argue with the Morgan & Shacklady. It's the definitive work. Moggy

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Spitfire..Flying legend John Dibbs and Tony Holmes..the best collection of images with just enough historical content.
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Can't argue with the Morgan & Shacklady. It's the definitive work. Moggy
Absolutely agree. (Moggy I think that's a first?) Survivors vols 1 and 2 are excellent reference for each survivor, but for the history of the spitfire design and its evolution Morgan and Shacklady is unlikely to ever be surpassed.
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I do have all the movement card data on file. The book I still reach for most often for basic information is:- Spitfire -The story of a famous Fighter by Bruce Robertson. First published in 1960 and revised in 1961 & 1973. Mark
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Hi Mark. I've not seen that one. How does it differ from Morgan & Shacklady and what content do you make most reference to?
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Spitfire the History, (Morgan and Shacklady), Schooldays to spitfire, (Gordon Mitchell) and Spitfire in detail ( Frantisek Koran, Vladimir Danda, Josef Martinek, Miroslav Khol) almost entirely photographs and very detailed ones at that.
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Morgan & Shacklady and Bruce Robertson's Harleyford book. It would take something to better either.
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Another vote here for Morgan and Shacklady. Spitfire - Flying Legend is a fantastic bit of pornography, too. Survivors Vol 1 & 2 are great, also.
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I have M and S and its the best reference on any single aviation subject I have ever seen, because of the sheer amount of data and info the authors unearthed and reproduced. HOWEVER the edition I own (first?) reads like a first proofing copy. It has terrible errors on every page - misplaced captions, repetitions, omissions, transpositions, even a whole chapter clearly mis-titled. Deeply frustrating, I found myself continually having to work out what the authors were meaning to say before it got scrambled. Still, worth it for the sheer volume of detailed information that's in there somewhere.
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The book I still reach for most often for basic information is:- Spitfire -The story of a famous Fighter by Bruce Robertson. First published in 1960 and revised in 1961 & 1973. Mark
Me too! Along with the Morgan & Shacklady book, I'd say if push came to shove and I was allowed only two Spitfire books, these would be the two. I have the 1973 edition with Mark12's list of the then currently known Spitfire survivors around the world. I'd also recommend Bruce Robertson's 'Camouflage & Markings' by the same publisher, as well. Cheers Paul
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Thanks Mark Which edition would you recommend? Plenty of 1960 & 61 available.
I know of another one that is tolerably good. Or so I'm told. :)
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Thanks Mark Which edition would you recommend? Plenty of 1960 & 61 available.
The 1961 edition was the second reprint and just had a few corrections. I would go for that one. The 1973 edition was just an update to the survivor listing taking it from a nominal 80 to 127. Gosh! That was 42 years ago. Mark .
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Morgan and Shacklady #1 for sure, but also an honourable mention for The Spitfire Story by Alfred Price
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Morgan and Shacklady #1 for sure, but also an honourable mention for The Spitfire Story by Alfred Price
Oh, I forgot about that one! :eek: I'd recommend that too, especially if you are into the handling and performance side of the Spitfire. Cheers Paul

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Thanks for all your replies, interesting to hear your points of view, much appreciated.
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Does such a book exist for the Hurricane? :)