SPITFIRE: A Test Pilot’s Story

By Jeffrey Quill OBE AFC FRAe

Signed by Jeffrey Quill


    Signed by Jeffrey Quill on the Title Page in black ink
    accompanying signed letters from Jeffrey Quill 

    ‘Regarding your proposed book on life in the RAF
    between the wars (which I am delighted to hear about)
    the best thing I can do is refer you to one of my own books called

    ‘Spitfire – A Test Pilot’s Story’; 1983, John Murray…… in which
    I wrote a fairly detailed account of my own training and flying training
    at 3FTS Grantham in 1931-32 and subsequent service in operational units.
      You might find something in there of use to you in the early chapters.’

    John Murray 1983 first edition reprint. 289 pages plus appendices & 60 photographs

    Near Fine condition hard back book in blue boards with gilt titles and a Fine condition dustjacket.  The 2 letters are dated 1st and 15th August 1988, addressed to author Hugh Scanlon (‘Winged Shell’) and are hand corrected and signed in black ink.

    This is the personal account of an exceptional Spitfire test pilot who took the immortal Spitfire from its experimental prototype stage in 1936, when he worked with its great Chief Designer RJ Mitchell, through some 52 variants to the end of its production life in 1948.

    To gain first-hand knowledge of combat conditions the author fought with 65 Squadron at the height of the Battle of Britain and he later served in aircraft-carriers as an RNVR officer to increase his understanding of the problems of naval aviation and completed some 75 deck landings.

    As well as describing the qualities and deficiencies of this outstanding aeroplane, Jeffrey Quill writes of the personalities involved in the Spitfire story; of the many other test pilots who worked closely with him; of some of the great fighter pilots; of the massive efforts of Supermarine in developing the aeroplane and producing more than 22,000 of them.

    Jeffrey Quill’s life was centred on the Spitfire and this book is in many ways the description of a love affair between a pilot and a great aeroplane. A classic signed book with a pair of interesting letters.

    Click below to read letters………..