Alex Henshaw was awarded his private pilot's in 1932 and made a name for himself during the 1930s competing in the air races which were popular at the time. At the start of World War II he became a test pilot first for Vickers Armstrong.
|Book cover finish
|Hardcover ( square back binding ), Stapled and glued
|Used very good
|Number of pages
|Collection / Series
|22.86 x 15.24 x 1.9 cm
|Crécy Publishing Limited
"One of the best Spitfire books"
Alex Henshaw spent the early days of World War II at Eastleigh, England testing the immortal Spitfire fighter with Jeffrey Quill before being appointed Chief Test Pilot at Supermarine's new factory in Castle Bromwich. Thousands of Spitfires were tested and manufactured at this site throughout the war, by the end of which 37,000 test flights had been made with Alex Henshaw flying an estimated ten percent of all Spitfires ever built. Often landing without aids of any kind, his breathtaking acrobatic style and complete mastery of the aircraft were to save his life on several occasions.
I scrawled rapidly on my pad, 'Baling out — engine seizure — suspect piston or conrod.' I had barely finished my scrawl when the machine shook so much that I tore out my safety harness pin, pulled down my goggles to protect my eyes from the oil, glycol and debris, snapped back the cockpit hood and with all my strength kicked away from the cockpit.
Alex Henshaws' life with the Spitfire
"If you only buy one Spitfire book, make this it."
"When it comes to Spitfires, Alex Henshaw knows what he is talking about." Shropshire Star
"Henshaw's love of flying and his enthusiasm for true airmanship shine through on almost every page."