RJ Mitchell. A life in aviation.
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About RJ Mitchell


Picture of a young RJ Mitchell

By the age of 24 Mitchell was chief designer at Supermarine. By the end of his career he had designed a prolific 24 aircraft. We chart his life and brilliant career as one of Britain’s most talented designers.
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Statues, Busts and Memorials

Pictures showing statues of R.J. Mitchell

There are many existing tributes to RJ including statues in Stoke-on-Trent and at Solent Skies museum in Southampton; busts at Southampton University and the RAF Club, London, and a memorial stone on the site of the Supermarine works, Woolston. On 15 September 2005, a new statue, funded by the Sidney E Frank Foundation, was unveiled at the Science Museum, London.

Films and Documentaries

Picture of video case of 'First of the Few', dramatising the life of R.J. MitchellIn 1942 a film "First of the Few" dramatised RJ's life starring Leslie Howard and David Niven. Since there have been various documentaries including "RJ Mitchell - Aircraft Designer" in 1995 and more recently, as part of the Local Hero series, "Saviour of the Skies".

The definitive text
R.J. Mitchell, Schooldays to Spitfire by Dr Gordon Mitchell. Updated to December 2005 including all the events sponsored by the Sidney E Frank Foundation - Link to The History Press

Awards, Lectures & Scholarships

Mitchell Scholarships in Aeronautical Enginnering are awarded at Southampton University, which, along with Stoke-on-Trent, is the venue for the RJ Mitchell Memorial lectures.

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