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- DescriptionR.J. Mitchell was virtually self-taught and almost all his aircraft were slow-flying seaplanes. The story of how this man from the land-locked Midlands, apprenticed to a locomotive works, became responsible for the Spitfire is a great tale in itself. This detailed book tells us how Mitchell learned his trade - contributing to the production of the cumbersome Nighthawk (designed to combat the German Zeppelin threat) and gradually coming to produce record-breaking racing floatplanes that won outright the prestigious international Schneider Trophy. Mitchell was thus well placed to design a high-speed aircraft when war was imminent; however, as John K. Shelton reveals, the production of the famous fighter was by means a certainty and its vital contribution to winning the Battle of Britain was 'a very close run thing'.
- Author BiographyJohn Sheltonwas head of humanities at Staffordshire University and taught courses which included industrial archeology. He produced display material on Mitchell and his aircraft for the Stoke-on-Trent Museum Spitfire Room and wrote Schneider Trophy to Spitfire: the Design Career of R.J. Mitchell.
- Author(s)John Shelton
- PublisherThe History Press Ltd
- Date of Publication06/07/2015
- SubjectAircraft & Spacecraft: General Interest
- Place of PublicationStroud
- Country of PublicationUnited Kingdom
- ImprintThe History Press Ltd
- Content Note90 black & white illustrations
- Weight454 g
- Width156 mm
- Height234 mm
- Spine15 mm
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