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The British Aircraft Industry – The Supermarine Aircraft Company
Author: Roy Evans
A series of books that cover the British Aircraft Industry in the Twentieth Century. From young men interested in ballooning or making model aircraft, they developed aircraft for wartime and passenger transport.
Supermarine were one of the foremost manufacturers of both amphibious aircraft and seaplanes. Reginald J Mitchell joined the company in 1917. The companies main aim was to win the Schneider Trophy, which they did a number of times, culminating in developing the S.6 racer. In 1936, a new single seater monoplane fighter, called the Spitfire had it’s first flight. This iconic fighter has now become legendary and along with the Hawker Hurricane helped in the defence of the Battle of Britain.
After the war, Supermarine continued as a suppler of aircraft to the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm. The last FAA aircraft, the Supermarine Scimitar was finally retired in 1969, bringing fifty six years of supplying the British military services to an end.
Author: Roy Evans has been a keen amateur military historian for forty years, studying the United States 8th Army Air Force, when he lived in East Anglia and more recently whilst living in Northamptonshire, Royal Air Force Bomber Command. Roy is a member of several organisations, supporting the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association for the last twenty five years and also the Lincolnshire Aviation Heritage Centre at East Kirkby.
As a member of the Royal Air Force Historical Society for several years he regularly attends their meetings. He is the Retford U3A Group Leader for their Military History Group and is a regular speaker at their monthly meetings.
He has also written a number of books and has had a number of works published in specialist aviation magazines. He is a regular contributor to the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association’s journal ‘Memorial Flight’.