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Published by Mitor Publications. Author/historian Richard C. Smith ISBN: 978-1-5272-6986-6 Format: Softback Dimensions: 257 x 197 Pages: 256 370 black & white photographs. Price: £13.99 plus £5.50 P&P

To order copies of this book contact Mitor Publications Website at mitorpublications.co.uk or if paying by cheque to Mitor Publications 20 Theydon Gardens, Rainham, Essex RM13 7TU. Email: mitor1940@gmail.com. Please note Author Signed Copies are available at no extra charge 35% Discount to all bookshops, museums etc, with 30 days invoice payment on all orders


Another book about Biggin Hill? Well, yes, but please read on. For those of you unacquainted  with the work of Richard C.Smith, he has been ploughing a lone furrow for many years through his Mitor Publications business, specialising in the history of the R.A.F. in the London area. The subtitle is an accurate description of this book, for there is very little main text and it mostly consists of extended captions to a large number of illustrations. The photographs are of a decent size, the reproduction also being of a high standard, and, whilst many are often seen, others are not familiar.

There are a few niggling errors. A Hawker Demon is described as a Hart, there is a reference to a "Blackburn" Prentice and a few names are misspelt, but all in all I liked this book.

Steve Williams January 2021


Action Stations

We all know how difficult it is to get a flight in a 2 seat Spitfire. But what if I told you that you can now be part of a Spitfire aerial display - and be in the air yourself! Steve Burt at Action Stations is now offering you a chance to fly in a helicopter over the cliffs of Dover, while our own Flt Lt Charlie Brown displays his Spitfire BM597 around, above and below you.

'When the Spitfire came into sight, it was as if I was transported back into the Battle of Britain. At times, the plane comes so close, it is as if you can reach out and shake the pilot's hand.'

This is a dream come true for all Spitfire enthusiasts. Go and visit Steve's site and help support this incredible venture.

Action Stations


Spitfire Survivors - Then and Now

Volume I of this highly recommended book was given its first outing on the 26th March 2011 at Shoreham Airport at the aerojumble marquee. All three authors were present signing copies of the full colour version.

Update: Authors were signing copies at Duxford Flying Legends on Saturday 9th July 2011 at the Aviation Bookshop stand.

From left to right, Peter Arnold, Gordon Riley and Graham Trant

Picture courtesy of John Goodman

Further details of this 2 volume set can be found here:

Spitfire Survivors


Air Café, Brno, Czech Republic

On a recent visit to the Czech Republic, I was fortunate enough to be introduced to the Air Café in Brno. It was like walking into an RAF museum. There are display cases everywhere packed full of original WW2 items, many of which are linked to Czech pilots. Pictures and more exhibits adorn every inch of the walls and you can quite easily spend a whole afternoon/evening there just soaking up the atmosphere. An added bonus for me was that it also serves the finest Czech beers - I heartily recommend a pint or two of Svijany. Even if you were not intending to go to Brno, a trip to the Czech Republic would not be the same without stopping off at the Air Café. Tell Albert, the owner, that I have sent you - I promise that you will be well looked after.  G.C.

 Air Café


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