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Duel Spitfire vs Bf-109 Battle of Britian Osprey Books

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Great Book by Osprey Publishing. 80 pages
It was Churchill who said it best: never was so much owed by so many to so few the phrase encapsulates how in a few critical months the entire fate of the British Empire, if not the war, hung in the balance and the outcome would be determined not by world leaders or armies of millions but by a couple hundred pilots. These were the knights of the air who duelled in the skies first above France, and then Britain. Fighter pilots are the elite of the elite. It takes months, even years of training to produce a fighter pilot and even longer to produce a plane that is worthy of their skills. Yet a dogfight can last only minutes. This book will explain what it felt like to be a fighter pilot during those crucial moments of the Battle of Britain flying some of the most iconic planes to have ever graced the skies during a combat when both man and machine were tested to the limit. This volume details the pilots training, British and German tactics, and the development of the models that were in use at the time the Spitfire Mk I/II and the Bf 109E. The key elements of both aircraft types the airframe, engine, armament and flying characteristics are also explored through the first-hand accounts from the men who strapped themselves into these now-legendary machines and became embroiled in the worlds first major aerial battle.

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