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Spitfire: The Legend Lives On

Spitfire: The Legend Lives On Book Review

By Davd L. Veres

Date of Review June 2016 Title Spitfire: The Legend Lives On
Author John Dibbs, Tony Holmes Publisher Osprey Publishing
Published 2016 ISBN 9781472815491
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
  • MH434
  • Spitfires in Blue
  • Packard Merlin Spitfire
  • Griffon Spitfires
  • Seafires
  • 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!