Which famous fighter plane did R.J. Mitchell design in 1936?
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Mitchell devoted most of 1935 to work on the Spitfire. Two people on the design team deserve special mention; Beverly Shenstone a Canadian aerodynamicist did the outstanding wing design and Alfred Faddy did much of the detail design work. The naming of the new aeroplane was done by the directors of Supermarine. For a time they were thinking of calling it the "Shrew". However, in the end they decided to keep the name given originally to the type 224, the SPITFIRE. Mitchell's Sister in law Elsie remembers him saying, "Bloody silly sort of a name."
The Spitfire prototype, with the serial number K5083, first flew from what is now Southampton airport on the 5th March 1936 (some research by Alfred Price seemed to indicate the first flight might not have taken place until the 6th, but it now seems certain it was the 5th). Piloted by "Mutt" Summers, it was reported to handle beautifully. In later tests it reached 349 mph. There was no doubting that Mitchell had delivered the goods. Even before the prototype had completed its official trials the RAF ordered 310 Spitfires, the success of Mitchell's design was assured.
The era of the monoplane piston engined fighter lasted only some 15 years, from about 1935 to 1950. The Spitfire was unique in that it was the only aircraft to span this whole period and stay "the best". This is the true mark of Mitchell's Genius.
- cab veteranLv 51 decade ago
The British Spitfire.
- 1 decade ago
- Anonymous1 decade ago
Either the P T Mustang or the Spitz? (spitfire)
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- 1 decade ago
The Mitchell bomber
- brian LLv 61 decade ago
he designed the spitfire and died of cancer shortly before the plane entered service.