RJ Mitchell CBE, the Spitfire and the Battle of Britain
You are invited to experience the story of the engineer who created Britain’s iconic aircraft, the Spitfire, and the airmen who flew her in the Battle of Britain. Liveryman Tony Edwards will deliver a lecture at the RAF Club, where delegates will hear about RJ Mitchell CBE, and his Supermarine Spitfire. The aircraft, an evolution from the Schneider Trophy Races, first flew in 1936, was produced throughout the 1940s and remained in service during the 1950s. You will also find out what the enemy, the Luftwaffe, thought of it.
The presentation will be followed by an open session where you can put questions to Tony, as well as a test pilot and a number of graduate engineers. There will also be a reception afterwards.
Tony is a Rolls-Royce apprenticed engineer who has led a number of engineering-based companies in the US, Denmark, Canada and the UK. He served as a lecturer at Harvard Business School, as visiting professor at the UK Defence Academy and as a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defence.
He is a Freeman of the City of London and has served as a trustee for several charities connected with military aviation. Uniquely, Tony has been President of the Society of British Aerospace Companies, President of the Royal Aeronautical Society and Chairman of the Air League. HRH the Duke of Edinburgh presented him with the Air League gold medal for services to the cause of aviation.
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