Spitfire's Forgotten Designer: The Career of Supermarine's Joe Smith

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Whenever the Spitfire is mentioned, the name of its famous designer R.J. Mitchell comes to mind. However, Mitchell died in June 1937 and never saw his prototype design progress into becoming one of the most famous fighter aircraft of the WWII. Working under Mitchell as chief draughtsman was Joe Smith, who was greatly involved with the early design of the Spitfire. After Mitchell's death, Smith first became manager of the design department and then chief designer. This illustrated book celebrates the inspirational and innovative work of Mitchell, Smith, and their successful design team. Including firsthand accounts of members of the design team and apprentices, it reveals a little-known but pivotal figure. Spitfire's Forgotten Designer resurrects and pays due respect to Smith’s dedication, leadership, and the part he played in the development of the Spitfire and postwar jet aircraft.

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Mike Roussel is a teacher, professional musician, and author of transport history. He has written two books on Southampton’s maritime history as well as coauthoring Shipwrecks of the Cunard Line for The History Press.

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Book Description The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Supermarine Spitfire was a classic design, well known for its efforts in defending British shores during the Second World War. However, while Reginald Mitchell is rightly celebrated for his original design of the Spitfire, the role of Joe Smith in the development of the Spitfire is often overlooked. Smith was an integral member of the design team from the earliest days, and on Mitchell s death in 1937 he was appointed design office manager before becoming chief designer. Smith s dedicated leadership in the development of the Spitfire during the war, as well as his efforts on post-war jet aircraft, deserve their place in history. Charting the fascinating history of Supermarine from 1913 to 1958, when the company ceased its operations in Southampton, shortly after Joe Smith s death in 1956, this book tells its story through the eyes of apprentices and many other members of Smith s team. Marvellous photographs add to the sense of what it was like to work under Joe Smith at the drawing boards of one of Britain s most famous wartime aviation manufacturers. Seller Inventory # AA79780752487595

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Book Description The History Press Ltd, United Kingdom, 2013. Paperback. Condition: New. Language: English . Brand New Book. The Supermarine Spitfire was a classic design, well known for its efforts in defending British shores during the Second World War. However, while Reginald Mitchell is rightly celebrated for his original design of the Spitfire, the role of Joe Smith in the development of the Spitfire is often overlooked. Smith was an integral member of the design team from the earliest days, and on Mitchell s death in 1937 he was appointed design office manager before becoming chief designer. Smith s dedicated leadership in the development of the Spitfire during the war, as well as his efforts on post-war jet aircraft, deserve their place in history. Charting the fascinating history of Supermarine from 1913 to 1958, when the company ceased its operations in Southampton, shortly after Joe Smith s death in 1956, this book tells its story through the eyes of apprentices and many other members of Smith s team. Marvellous photographs add to the sense of what it was like to work under Joe Smith at the drawing boards of one of Britain s most famous wartime aviation manufacturers. Seller Inventory # AA79780752487595

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Book Description The History Press. Condition: New. 2013. Paperback. This title looks at the life and work of Joe Smith, R.J. Mitchell's chief draughtsman and one of the major creative powers behind the Spitfire, the most successful aircraft of the Second World War. Num Pages: 352 pages, 8 colour plates. BIC Classification: 1DBK; 3JJ; BGT; HBJD1; JWMV3; TRP. Category: (G) General (US: Trade). Dimension: 232 x 156 x 23. Weight in Grams: 774. . . . . . Books ship from the US and Ireland. Seller Inventory # V9780752487595

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