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Spitfire over Everest


This is an outstanding story of coincidence, quick wit, skill,routine, improvisation and seized opportunity as a young RAF pilot flies an iconic Spitfire in an aerial photographic mission over Everest at the end of World War Two.

RAF Pilot Officer Neame trained to fly Spitfires for photographic reconnaissance and, after a short time in Germany, was sent to pre-partition India in 1946 to serve in the only photo-reconnaissance squadron in the whole
sub-continent. Getting lost and reaching home with just enough fuel for another seven and a half minutes? Flying blind with an unserviceable radio through a monsoon storm? Making an unauthorised sortie into another country to come home with outstanding pictures of the world's greatest mountains - taken one-handed with the Leica jammed against the hood while the other hand grasped the stick and kept the Spitfire level!

With a foreword by Sir Martin Holdgate. Cover image by the author on his photo-reconnaissance flight in 1946: Mt. Everest from the North with part of the Spitfire's wing in the lower right corner.

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Cordee Code: CNS156
Author: Kenneth Neame
No of Pages: 278
Page Size: 170 x 245 mm
ISBN 10: 1910237396
ISBN 13: 9781910237397
Publisher: Hayloft Publishing Ltd
Published Date: November 2018
Edition: 1st ed, Nov 2018
Binding: Hardback
Weight: 690g

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