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A Tribute to RJ
on 16 July 2011
This is the definitive book, the required reading, the most informative book for people who want to know what RJ Mitchell, designer of the famous Spitfire, was really like. This should be no surprise as the author, Gordon Mitchell, is the son of the great man. R.J.Mitchell was certainly no Leslie Howard, the famous film star who played Mitchell in the film First of The Few. Mitchell was a broard-shouldered active man who loved sport. Famous for his no nonsense power of concentration when faced with a problem and his beaming smile when it had been solved.
His life is traced from his aprenticeship in a steam-loco works in Stoke-on-Trent to his major works at the Supermarine aircraft factory in Southampton. If you are interested in the design of the aircraft that he designed at Supermarine, twenty-five in all, first seaplanes like the Walrus, his problems with the Schneider Trophy winning aircraft, then the Spitfire and the bomber designed to be faster than the Spitfire, nothing is held back, his triumphs, his disasters, his visits to Vienna and his later illness - read this book.