Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend

Spitfire Portrait of a Legend

Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Free download ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Y a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender The courage resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong By late September 1940 the RAF had proved invincible thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed RJ Mitchell a shy and almost painfully modest engineer was the genius be. The Spitfire is a plane most everyone can imagine when it gets mentioned But really it is far than a plane The Spitfire is a dream that someone dared to dream and this dream became a reality just in time for the British to make it into their collective saviour in the 1940 s However as these things so often begin in another time the history of the Spitfire reaches back beyond that into the early 20 s and it is this whole story that Mr McKinstry providesI found the level of detail thorough than I had expected a lot of the background or people noted forced me to investigate things thoroughly and this is generally a good thing Also typically as a story of modern Britain the Spitfire s is a story of government incompetency and well meaning failures but this is how a number of parliamentary sessions descriptions get brought into the uestion of how to design a really fast plane For the other type of reader the statistics brought up by the author are likely to be interesting While not as numerous as the other type of fact presented there are a few observations which are likely to make the reader wonder about the importance of marketing no matter what we are selling As a final touch the last chapters detailing service and combat in other forces were a wonderful conclusion to this book Originally posted here

characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry

Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Free download ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Hind the Spitfire On the 5th March 1936 following its successful maiden flight a legend was bornPrize winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies It is a tale full of drama and heroism of glory and tragedy with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Brita. The Spitfire is just one of the most beautiful machines ever built and this book really does that justice The problem with any history book is any new information provided of opinion expressed within the pages could lead to accusations of attempting to rewrite history I think this book manages to avoid criticism by keeping the balance in the arguments just right It does point out that there were not enough Spitfires in 1940 to win the Battle of Britain alone and that the Hurricanes played a big part in winning the battle That said it also points out that if the RAF had Spitfires instead of Hurricanes then the battle would still have been won which is not something that is necessarily true if the RAF only had HurricanesThe myth that the RAF was on the brink of defeat at the end of the Battle of Britain is also exposed in this book It is true that 11 Group of Fighter Command had thrown every plane at the Luftwaffe but there were plenty of fighters in other areas of the UK sitting on the ground while those in Kent and Sussex were in constant combat The reluctance to call upon the support of 12 Group is shocking and cannot be justified even in the disagreement over the Big Wing tactics employed by the pilots of 12 Group Having suadrons of Spitfires sitting idle in the north of England and Scotland in case the Luftwaffe switches tactics whilst the south east and London were being bombed seems curious with the benefit of hindsight but exposes Sir Keith Park s comment to Churchill that we had no reserves for the overstatement that it was McKinstry also sets the record straight about the criticism that the RAF had to endure that they left the the British Expeditionary Force exposed on the beaches at Dunkirk If you are thrilled by the sound of a Merlin engine and look up expectantly for the grace of the elliptical wings on RJ Mitchell s masterpiece and after all who doesn t then this book is a must read Popinjay Stairs you are thrilled by the sound of a Merlin engine and look up expectantly for the grace of the elliptical wings on RJ Mitchell s masterpiece and after all who doesn t then this book is a must read

Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary

Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Free download ô PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free In June 1940 the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war If we can stand up to him all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad sunlit uplands' said Churchill The future of Europe depended on Britain A self confident Herman Göring thought that it would be onl. The production of Spitfires before ww2 was a shambles Government plane manufacturers and armed forces suabbles were all to blame A prototype could have been flying in 1934 which would have altered the whole shape of pre war politics Political support for aviation was poor until it was understood that Hitler was a real threat Aircraft production was frankly too little too late owing to political inertia There was sniping from the Army and Navy and empire chiefs were asking from protection It was thanks largely to Neville Chamberlain s insight that defence of Britain must come first pressing hard as PM for fighter production He realised too that if the war began in 1937 or 1938 the uantities of stukas and Ms109s being battle hardy in Spain might mean rapid defeat This does not exonerate Chamberlain from the Munich Agreement but explains his anxiety to slow confrontation down We know of the piece of paper he brought back but not the one he took which listed aircraft production numbers Dowding s reaction to Munich was Thank God From the media W E Johns published various magazines on flying and put huge pressure on politicians to change courseTrenchard s disastrous anti fighter doctrine set him against Sir Hugh Dowding who saw fighters as an essential defence against free ranging bombers Had Trenchard had his way we would have lost the second word war in 1940 There was major political dragging of feet despite evidence of Germany rushing ahead with aircraft manufacture In 1935 Sir Philip Cunliffe Lister took over from sacked Londonderry and within two weeks of committee work had issued two reports demanding rapid expansion of aircraft manufacture The F730 specifications were developed into the Gloster Gladiator a biplane already outmoded on its maiden flight It survived until 1942 and three of them Faith Hope and Charity made major contributions to the defence of Malta see Josephine Blackstock s Island on the Beam discussed in my The Hurricane and Spitfire were given their own specifications and told to get on with it Sir Philip soon became Viscount Swinton and was freed from what he considered the tedious dealings in the House of Commons Success in the Battle of Britain hinged on this new appointment A prototype Hurricane and Spitfire was expected in 1935 6 Lord Swindon brought in William Weir the Scottish engineer industrialist who rapidly stimulated production The Spitfire prototype first flew on 5th March 1936 Test flights by Jeffrey uill followed and the prototype handled well The nose was lonto 380 mph There was nearly a disaster on the Ministry test flight at Martlesham when the pilot forgot to lower the undercarriage but rectified this just in time After a positive report an order for 310 planes was put in eight days later on 3rd June Delivery was expected by March 1939 Further flights were successful and greatly admired However Mitchell s bowel cancer returned and he died 11th June 1937 aged 42 From a production point of view 1937 was a traumatic shambles The uestion of how to roll out the build to 310 planes had not been thought through Factory space was too small and what was needed was new purpose built factories much as happened later in Swindon and Castle Bromwich Birmingham 600 Hurricanes had been ordered a traditional and simpler build and these would hold the fort well into 1940 when the first Spitfires began to creep through This was caused by than Mitchell s death Leadership was awful and factory problems were kept from the Ministry otherwise alternative arrangements would have been made Essentially no flyable Spitfire was built in 1937 nor were production problems identified and solved 1937 was a wasted year which could have had terrible conseuences The Ministry demanded that the parent company made a total reshuffle Much work had been contracted out with inadeuate drawings so the components did not fit Government panic was in the air But they were their own worst enemy heavily bureaucratic committees everywhere and crassly suicidal in their preference for bombers whilst leaving London unprotected In the end 300 Spitfires were allotted to Fairey Aviation in Stockport though this was not honoured The delays in Supermarine led to the stupid replacement of Lord Swinton who had been the only positive voice in the whole debacle In the government Hore Belisha was one of the few who pushed for rearmament but he was Jewish and lampooned as Horeb Elisha by anti semitic colleagues of which there were manyWe are now at the start of the war Hurricanes are in place but no Spitfires The war could have been over by Christmas like in Poland but fortunately the Nazis did not press this advantage and the phoney war resulted


10 thoughts on “Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

  1. says: Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] TALLY HOWait that's a call into battleIf the rate at which I added Leo Mckinstry's Hurricane book to my lists after starting this book doesn't tell it clearly enough I'll put it in words I'm a huge fanIt's researched as w

  2. says: Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry very interesting read full of little details that expose a few minor myths about the times the people the war and the Spitfire but enhance the legend

  3. says: Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] The production of Spitfires before ww2 was a shambles Government plane manufacturers and armed forces suabbles were all to blame A prototype could have been flying in 1934 which would have altered the whole shape of pre war politics Political support for aviation was poor until it was understood that Hitler was a real threat Aircraft production was frankly too little too late owing to political inertia There was sniping from the Army and N

  4. says: Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry

    Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] This a pretty complete story of the Spitfire warts and all I like McKinstry's style of using a large number of uotations from original sources He does not often analyse events or give many of his own opinions but when he does I felt they were well thought through and logical I like particularly his take of the Downding P

  5. says: Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry

    Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend The Spitfire is a plane most everyone can imagine when it gets mentioned But really it is far than a plane The Spitfire is a dream that someone dared to dream and this dream became a reality just in time for the British to make it into their collective saviour in the 1940's However as these things so often begin in another time the history of the Spitfire reaches back beyond that into the early 20's and it is this whole

  6. says: Read Spitfire Portrait of a Legend Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] Excellent book very readable and packed with facts

  7. says: Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary The Spitfire is just one of the most beautiful machines ever built and this book really does that justice The problem with any history book is any new information provided of opinion expressed within the pages could lead to accusations of attempting to rewrite history; I think this book manages to avoid criticism by keeping the balance in the

  8. says: Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] I had to stop reading this book after just two chapters due to the bad printThe ink used for this book is not very goodalso the paper used is terribleI would like to say that this is not a review for the book as a whole but for the wa

  9. says: Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] Leo McKinstry ¸ 5 Summary characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry This book is a must read for anyone with an interest in the Second World War modern British history aeronautical engineering design development mass production processes or a handful of other areas McKinstry's machine biography touches upon From an idea for a fighter plane born of the experience of designing racing seap

  10. says: Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend]

    characters Ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ¸ Leo McKinstry Pdf/E–book [Spitfire Portrait of a Legend] This is a nicely written overview of the Spitfire from its development to end of service in the 1950s I liked the easy to read writing style It

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  • Paperback
  • 448
  • Spitfire Portrait of a Legend
  • Leo McKinstry
  • English
  • 24 August 2020
  • 9780719568756