R.J. MITCHELL To The Spitfire


A new and comprehensive assessment of the complex personality and work of the self-taught designer who produced the iconic Spitfire. John Shelton, who has authored three other books on the Mitchell-Spitfire saga and is acknowledged as the leading expert on the subject, provides a critical yet sympathetic picture of the man himself. Largely self-taught, with a complex character, Dr Shelton adroitly illustrates how, by sheer determination and vision, Mitchell was able from a young age to inspire and lead an enthusiastic team to success. He pushed test pilots to their limits while insisting on stringent safety measures. The numerous disappointments and setbacks suffered by the design genius and his team are, in this work, set against his far greater successes.

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