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Schneider Trophy to Spitfire: The Design Career of R.J. Mitchell Hardcover – 24 Jul 2008
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About the Author
John K. Shelton MA, PhD, has a special interest in industrial archaeology and aviation history. Until his retirement he was head of Humanities at Staffordshire University. He was involved in setting up the 'Spitfire Room' at Stoke-on-Trent Museum. He lives in Staffordshire.
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This well conceived and organized work tells us a number of things. First, Mitchell's design path was quite severely evolutionary in nature with clear progression of development from one design to another following the general trajectory of aircraft development from 1920 to 1937. Second, Mitchell was primarily a flying boat and racing seaplane designer with the Spitfire the only successful landplane he did! Third, Mitchell created a very skilled and capable design team that contributed greatly to his sucess and was capable of carrying out all the development work that virtually doubled the performance of the Spitfire in it's life. Fourth, he designed aircraft strictly to his analysis of their intended role and what characteristics were required for that specific application.Read more ›
I enjoyed the way that Dr Shelton describes R J Mitchell's life, from a fantastic array of Supermarine seaplanes and amphibian aircraft to the world-beating Schneider Trophy machines.
This book also shows what happens when a great engine (The Merlin) is teamed with a great Engineer(Mitchell)resulting in the legend that is the Spitfire.
All to soon, I had reached chapter 9; Epilogue, only to be delighted to find four very interesting and informative appendices.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent and fascinating addition to any collection of records recalling these momentous times, with many rare photos and drawings of unique aeronautical prewar developments.Published 9 months ago by Ricky
This is quite simply a must have for anybody interested in RJ Mitchell. The text is informative and well written and the illustrations are good. Read morePublished on 22 Feb. 2013 by J. J. Bradshaw
A great idea for a book (for Spitfire and R J Mitchell fans) - chapters on each of the amazing aircraft that our hero designed, some original drawings and aircraft diagrams, lots... Read morePublished on 2 Jan. 2011 by Mark Shackelford
He lived a productive but sadly very short life. One wonders what more he may have acheived had he lived another twenty or thirty years. Read morePublished on 17 Dec. 2010 by Michael S. Stewart