Spitfire: The Legend Lives On Book Review
|Date of Review||June 2016||Title||Spitfire: The Legend Lives On|
|Author||John Dibbs, Tony Holmes||Publisher||Osprey Publishing|
|Format||224 pages, hardbound||MSRP (USD)||$45.00|
The next time Aunt Millie questions the aesthetic appeal of Supermarine’s legendary Spitfire, show her this celebratory study.
Spitfire turned 90 5 March 2016. And Osprey’s Spitfire: The Legend Lives On commemorates the milestone in stunningly colorful fashion.
Co-authored by John Dibbs and Tony Holmes, the hefty hardback spans ten chapters and 224 pages:
- The Early Marks
- Spitfire Mk V
- Spitfire Mk VIIIs
- Spitfires in Blue
- Packard Merlin Spitfire
- Griffon Spitfires
- Spitfire Spectacular
- From the Archive
Can anyone say “coffee table volume”? Virtually every spread sports Dibbs’ stunning photography – all leavened by crisp, archival B&W images. Nearly everywhere, lithe, graceful Spitfires strikingly cavort among the clouds.
Take that, Aunt Millie!
Nor does it require sequential reading. I happily roamed from Griffon marks and early Spits to Mk VIIIs and Seafires – then everywhere else.
Sure, more substantive Spitfire studies exist – some by co-author Holmes. But few more colorful than this vivid volume. Best of all, Osprey’s lavishly illustrated effort offers the perfect antidote to all those ugly, angular Bf 109s – Aunt Millie’s favorite!
My sincere thanks to Osprey Publishing for this review sample!