- Paperback: 434 pages
- Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing India; First edition (31 August 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9384898678
- ISBN-13: 978-9384898670
- Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 23.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,23,275 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Spitfire Singh: A True Life of Relentless Adventure Paperback – 31 Aug 2016
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About the Author
Air Marshal Harjinder Singh would have been proud of Mike Edwards when, in 2007, he 'entered' a military hangar in Delhi and discovered a forgotten, Aladdin’s cave of historic aircraft. The Indian Air Force (IAF) took his ideas and appointed him Chief Adviser to the IAF Vintage Flight that he had resurrected. Five years later, live on TV, he was flying a newly restored biplane at the Indian Air Force Day parade. Two months after that event, he was awarded the MBE for Anglo-Indian relations and services to aviation by HM Queen Elizabeth II. Mike was born into aviation; his father, Marcus, was a Royal Navy fighter pilot. When Marcus went on to lead the Rothmans aerobatic team, the world’s first full time civilian team, Mike virtually grew up in an aircraft cockpit. In 1986, Mike joined the RAF after A-levels at Brynteg Comprehensive School in South Wales. Post RAF, he lived and worked in Germany, Uzbekistan and Kazakhstan before joining British Airways in 1995. Mike lives 100 paces away from Winston Churchill’s grave in Bladon, Oxfordshire, with his wife and two daughters.
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Mostly irrespective of the country, Pilots are eponymous of Airforce, and everyone else is a sidekick. You will find many books on their adventures to cover the whole history of flying (Human canons not included we are only talking in reference of controlled flying here).Such is the adornment to a pilots profession that it overshadows everything else in aviation, it is correct in a way as they are the ones who are putting their lives on the line. However, there have been other legends in Airforce who are somewhat lost in time and should get their due reverence.One such hero was Air Vice Marshall Harjinder Singh.
When I bought this book, I was expecting it to be a story of a fighter pilot, someone who romanticizes speed, courage, and nationalism.I couldn't have been more wrong.This book throws light on the efforts of a man who kept the IAF flying against all the odds, whether for the love of aircrafts, country or perhaps just because his work ethics were such.By the end of the book, you will explore different layers of his Character.
It is interesting what repercussions a few decisions in Indian history have had on Indian Airforce. Credit goes to the writer for writing a biography which is not tilted for Spitfire Singh and is not repetitive which is a rarity with portraits of national heroes