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Reginald Mitchell: Father of the Spitfire

Reginald (RJ) Mitchell was one of the great designers and engineers of the 20th Century.

Born and educated in the Potteries, RJ created the revolutionary designs which made air races – particularly the Schneider Trophy – the pinnacle of aeronautical engineering and a huge public spectacle exceeding today’s Formula 1 Championship.

From these beautiful seaplanes, the Spitfire was born.

But RJ never saw it fly in anger. He died of cancer in 1937 aged only 42.

Learn more about RJ’s life in this audio podcast with:

They discuss this remarcable Midlander with Mike Gibbs, Publisher of History West Midlands


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Reginald Mitchell: Father of the Spitfire