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Supermarine Spitfire. Single seater day and night fighter. [Original 1939 Sales Brochure, signed by Spitfire test pilots Alex Henshaw and Peter Ayerst]
Vickers-Armstrongs Limited. London 1939 - Original sales brochure for the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, dated June 1939, signed in pencil to the title page by Castle Bromwich test pilots Alex Henshaw and Peter Ayerst, Henshaw has also annotated 'Itchen' to the illustration of fuselages on assembly trestles, indicating that the pictures were taken at the original Supermarine works at Woolston, before production was moved to Castle Bromwich. From 1940 Alex Henshaw was Chief Test Pilot at Vickers' vast Castle Bromwich 'Shadow Factory' in Birmingham, which was alone responsible for over half of all Spitfire production across all sites. Henshaw led a team of 25 test pilots, one of whom being Battle of France veteran Peter Ayerst. Henshaw tested up to 20 aircraft a day, it's estimated that the number of Spitires flown by him was equivalent to 10% of total Spitfire and Seafire production across all manufacturing facilities. Castle Bromwich also built Avro Lancaster heavy bombers and Henshaw was perhaps the only test pilot to barrel-roll a Lancaster, on occasion with Peter Ayerst beside him. Very good condition, spiral-bound, 32 pages with bilingual text in English and French; twenty-five monochrome photographic images and line drawings printed on heavy textured paper in blue and black. Beautifully produced, many of the aerial shots from photographs by Charles E Brown. Small spot to front cover, otherwise no faults. [Attributes: First Edition; Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
      [Bookseller: David Cornell]
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