From Nighthawk to Spitfire

From Nighthawk to Spitfire: The Aircraft of R.J. Mitchell

Non-Fiction, Business, Finance & Law, Business Reference, Education
Paperback Published on: 06/07/2015
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Synopsis

R.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 no means a certainty and its vital contribution to winning the Battle of Britain was ‘a very close run thing’.

  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780750962223
  • Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm

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