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To many people, the Spitfire was the embodiment of air fighting during World War II. This book talks about this remarkable aircraft's fighting capability and the tactics of the pilots who flew it. It details the introduction, development and successes of this incredible aircraft, and charts the training and skills of its pilots.
Ken Delve joined the Royal Air Force as a Navigator and in a 20-year flying career served with a number of operational squadrons (Canberra and Tornado), as well as spending time as an instructor. His interest in aviation history was stimulated by his role as a squadron and station historian, a 'secondary duty' during most of his postings, and this led to an involvement in researching and writing articles and books. On leaving the RAF he became Editor of FlyPast magazine, the market-leading historic aviation magazine, and was later appointed Editor-in-Chief with Key Publishing. An established author of 25 books and hundreds of articles, Ken Delve also lectures on RAF history and air power. He is the founding Director of the Aviation History Centre, a web-based aviation history research facility and presently lives and works in the Middle East for most of the year. He returns to his home in Swaffham, Norfolk whenever possible.