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The Inspirational Story Of Aircraft Designer R. J. Mitchell's Race Against Death To Create A Sure Defense Against A Triumphant Third Reich On-The-March - Leslie Howard's 1942 Directorial Contribution To The War Effort Starring Himself And Costarring David Niven, Presented In The Highest DVD Quality MPG Video Format Of 9.1 MBPS As An Archival Quality All Regions Format DVD, MP4 Video Download Or USB Flash Drive! (Black/White, 1 Hour 30 Minutes.) #FirstOfTheFew #Spitfire #SpitfireMovie #LeslieHoward #DavidNiven #MuirMatheson #RJMitchell #Aeronautics #AeronauticalEngineers #Spitfire #Supermarine #SupermarineSpitfire #Seaplanes #FlyingBoats #SchneiderTrophy #AirRaces #AirWarfareOfWWII #WW2Aviation #WWIIAviation #AviationInWorldWarII #WorldWarII #WWII #WW2 #WorldWarTwo #WorldWar2 #SecondWorldWar #SecondEuropeanWar #EuropeanCivilWar #Aviation #AviationHistory #HistoryOfAviation #DVD #VideoDownload #MP4 #USBFlashDrive
Henry C. James, Katherine Strueby, Miles Malleson, Anatole de Grunwald
Leslie Howard .... R.J. Mitchell
David Niven .... Geoffrey Crisp
Rosamund John .... Diana Mitchell
Roland Culver .... Commander Bride
Anne Firth .... Miss Harper
David Horne .... Mr. Higgins
J.H. Roberts .... Sir Robert McLean
Derrick De Marney .... Squadron Leader Jefferson
Rosalyn Boulter .... Mabel Lovesay
Herbert Cameron .... MacPherson
R. J. Mitchell, English aeronautical engineer, designer of the Supermarine Spitfire (May 20, 1895 - June 11, 1937) was born at 115 Congleton Road, Butt Lane, in Staffordshire in the West Midlands of England. Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, FRAeS, worked as lead designer for Supermarine Aviation, the British aircraft manufacturer that produced, among the others, a range of seaplanes, flying boats the Supermarine Spitfire fighter. The company was also famous for its successes in the Schneider Trophy for seaplanes, especially the three wins in a row of 1927, 1929 and 1931. Between 1920 and 1936, Mitchell designed Supermarine's most noteworthy aircraft, and is best remembered for his racing seaplanes, which culminated in the Supermarine S.6B, which ultimately became the iconic Second World War fighter, the Supermarine Spitfire. R. J. Mitchell died on June 11, 1937 at the age of 42 of rectal cancer in Portswood, Southampton, Hampshire in South East England.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during, and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, and it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire continues to be popular among enthusiasts; nearly 60 remain airworthy, and many more are static exhibits in aviation museums throughout the world. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works, which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928. Mitchell pushed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing with cutting-edge sunken rivets (designed by Beverley Shenstone) to have the thinnest possible cross-section, helping give the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the Spitfire's development throughout its multitude of variants. During the Battle of Britain, from July to October 1940, the public perceived the Spitfire to be the main RAF fighter, though the more numerous Hurricane shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against Nazi Germany's air force, the Luftwaffe. However, Spitfire units had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than those flying Hurricanes because of the Spitfire's higher performance. During the battle, Spitfires were generally tasked with engaging Luftwaffe fighters-mainly Messerschmitt Bf 109E-series aircraft, which were a close match for them. After the Battle of Britain, the Spitfire superseded the Hurricane to become the backbone of RAF Fighter Command, and saw action in the European, Mediterranean, Pacific, and South-East Asian theatres. Much loved by its pilots, the Spitfire served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter-bomber, and trainer, and it continued to serve in these roles until the 1950s. The Seafire was a carrier-based adaptation of the Spitfire that served in the Fleet Air Arm from 1942 through to the mid-1950s. Although the original airframe was designed to be powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine producing 1,030 hp (768 kW), it was strong enough and adaptable enough to use increasingly powerful Merlins and, in later marks, Rolls-Royce Griffon engines producing up to 2,340 hp (1,745 kW). As a result, the Spitfire's performance and capabilities improved over the course of its service life.