Make a nice Christmas prezzie don't you think?

Haynes, that venerable series of guides we all bought to help patch up our old Minis, Escorts and Cavaliers have moved into aircraft with the launch of this, their new Spitfire manual. Designed to appeal to aircraft lovers as well as mechanics, it gives an insight into owning, restoring, servicing and flying Britain's legendary World War II fighter

A Royal Air Force Official Product, the book gives readers a unique insight into what lies beneath the skin of a Supermarine Spitfire, and the techniques, resources and experience required to restore, fly and maintain an example of this British aviation icon some seventy years after the first prototype flew.

It was written with the full co-operation of the RAF's Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, whose aircraft feature heavily in the superb colour photographs depicting the aircraft's structure and major systems. The fascinating text, complemented by numerous technical drawings, cutaways and photographs, reveals every detail of the aircraft, from the fuselage and wing structures to the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and its systems, including the cockpit instrumentation and controls, hydraulic and pneumatic systems and even the armour plating fitted to wartime examples.

As well as the technical insight, coverage includes a brief illustrated history of the design and evolution of the Spitfire and a fascinating look at the eye- watering costs and resources required to own and fly an example today. Former and current Spitfire pilots put the reader in the pilot's seat, and if you've ever wondered how to start the engine on a Spitfire, look no further! Maintenance, servicing and preservation are covered, and illustrated appendices provide details of a selection of surviving Spitfires, along with a full list of all the current airworthy examples around the world.

The Supermarine Spitfire Owners' Workshop Manual has been written by Dr Alfred Price, an acknowledged authority on the Spitfire, and Paul Blackah, an Airframe Specialist with the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight and one of UK's leading Spitfire engineers. It is published on 14th October, the RRP is 17.99.