RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire by Richard Edwards

RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire

byRichard Edwards

Kobo ebook | September 5, 2013

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RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire recounts the extraordinary achievements of one of Britain’s greatest aviation legends, the man responsible for creating Britain’s most iconic fighter aircraft, the Supermarine Spitfire.

The book, which is around the length of a short story, approximately 40 printed pages, gives the reader a concise and straightforward insight into the life of RJ Mitchell, his role in the prestigious Schneider Trophy air-races and the development of the astonishing aircraft that he created, including the Supermarine S4 and the Spitfire.

RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire goes on to explore the aircraft that evolved from the Spitfire, including the Seafire, Spiteful and Seafang, as well as the Spitfire on the silver screen, recounting its role in a number of classic British war films.

Reginald Joseph Mitchell worked his way up from the workshop to become Supermarine’s technical director. During his tragically short career he designed twenty-four aircraft, including those that won the prestigious Schneider Trophy air-race an astonishing five times, eventually winning the trophy in perpetuity for Great Britain.

It was RJ Mitchell’s revolutionary design for the Supermarine S4, an all-wooden racing seaplane intended for the 1925 Schneider air-race, which finally evolved into the Spitfire. Sadly, ill-health intervened and Mitchell did not live to see the Spitfire in action or to witness the invaluable contribution that it made in the defence of Great Britain during the Second World War.

RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire is aimed at those looking for an immediate and uncomplicated account of a significant part of British aviation history. Other titles explore the Spitfire and its operational history, including the Battle of Britain, in more detail. If this is what you’re looking for then perhaps you should consider one of those titles first.

This is the third chapter of British Flying Legends, a series of eBooks from Richard Edwards, which chronicles the lives and achievements of some of Britain’s greatest flying legends. Richard will release each chapter individually and in a single volume, allowing the reader to pick the topics that they are interested in or to read the whole set.

To find out more about RJ Mitchell: Legend of the Spitfire and the British Flying Legends series visit Richard’s website and blog at http://richardedwards.info.



Richard Edwards lives in Sussex and writes both fiction and non-fiction, with a particular interest in military history, biography and adventure. He has published Guy Gibson: Legend of the Dambusters and John Moffat: Legend of the Bismarck, the first two chapters of British Flying Legends, as well as The Rise and Fall of the Japanese Imperial Naval Air Service and Heroes and Landmarks of British Aviation, which are published by Pen and Sword Books (Aviation) in hardback and eBook.

For more information visit http://richardedwards.info.


Title:RJ Mitchell: Legend of the SpitfireFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:September 5, 2013Publisher:rabbit & snailLanguage:English

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