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Reginald Mitchell, aircraft designer

Reginald Mitchell, aircraft designer

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Reginald J. Mitchell (1895-1937), British aircraft engineer. Mitchell was trained in engineering, but from an early stage decided that he was interested in aviation. Working for the British company Supermarine, he designed numerous flying boats and seaplanes. From 1922-31 he worked on racing seaplanes, contenders for the international Schneider Trophy. His last design, the S.6B, won the trophy in perpetuity for the UK. From this racing experience came Mitchell's design for the Spitfire, perhaps the most famous fighter of all time. Although Mitchell saw the first prototype Spitfire take to the air, he was already severely weakened by cancer and died in 1937.

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