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Old 13th July 2015, 15:01
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Spitfires in the sun (IAF Spitfires1944-57)

Spitfires in the sun
A history of the Supermarine Spitfire in Indian Air Force Service
1944-1957
By Vikram Singh

Author is an IAF pilot, having flown various marks of MiG-21, Mirage 2000 and other aircraft as a test pilot.


Format A4 with a little less than 200 pages full of text (of course!), B&W and colour pictures (about 95% of them completely unknown to me, that's quite something!), maps, tables, even colour profiles with a complete study of camos & markings. To me, everything's there.

The book is divided in 9 chapters and 2 appendixes:

- Beginning of an air force
- The forgotten "chota war"
- Mopping up the empire
- The legacy continue... in India
- Epilogue
- Units histories
- Camouflages & markings
- Spitfire technical specifications
- Indian air force Spitfire survivors

- Appendix A
List of RAF-IAF serial allocations
Spit T.IX & PR.XIX

- Appendix B
List of RAF-IAF serial allocations
Spit F./FR.XVIII

To me it looks like some very professionnal work, and I would nearly recommand it even before I've read it myself!

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Old 17th July 2015, 00:36
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Re: Spitfires in the sun (IAF Spitfires1944-57)

Coincidentally the author was there at Duxford along with some copies.. just a couple of days ago..
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Old 17th July 2015, 09:49
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Re: Spitfires in the sun (IAF Spitfires1944-57)

Nice to met you here too, Jagan.

Indeed, I'd get the book at Duxford last weekend, together with the pleasure to have a chat with the author.

By the way, we talked also about your books, as Eagle over Bengladesh was still fresh in my memory.

I've also posted a thread on ACIG's forum.
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