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This book summarizes in a few pages years of thought, trial, experience, danger, sweat and toil. The keynote from beginning to end is achievement and success.


Book cover finish Canvas finish, Hardcover ( square back binding ), Gold edging
Special features Missing dust jacket
Condition Very Good
Number of pages 92
Published date 1946
Languages English
Size 22 x 26 x 1 cm
Author J.W.R. Taylor


FOREWORD  by AIR MARSHAL SIR RALPH S. SORLEY, K.C.B., O.B.E., D.S.C., D.F.C. Air-Officer Commanding, Technical Training Command of the Royal Air Force  This book summarizes in a few pages years of thought, trial, experience,  danger, sweat and toil. The keynote from beginning to end is  achievement and success.  Although the task which lay before us in 1934 was well recognised, none  could then foresee its magnitude or extent, which was to embrace the  whole world for most of six years. And none could have foreseen that  Mitchell's basic design of the Spitfire was to be so fine as to hold  premier place for all those vital years. That it has done so with such  outstanding success throws the highlight on his great ability and  technical courage, ably followed up by those who came after him,  determined with the continuous aid of Rolls-Royce, to keep the Spitfire always on the top line. And they never failed.  While the weapon proved well-nigh perfect it could only succeed through the bravery of those who flew and  fought in it ; the work of those who manufactured it, and of those who  maintained it in the field. To those, too, great honour is due.   June, 1946

J.W.R. Taylor

John William Ransom Taylor O.B.E., Hon. D.Eng., F.R.Ae.S., F.R.Hist.S., A.F.I.A.A. ( June 8th, 1922 - December 12th, 1999 ) was educated at Ely Cathedral Choir School ( King's School, Ely ) and Soham Grammar School ( both in Cambridgeshire, England ). 

He trained as a draughtsman and joined Hawker Aircraft in 1941. There he worked on the development of the Hurricane fighter and its successors. His specialisation was rectifying design defects. 

He joined Jane's as editorial assistant on Jane's All the World's Aircraft in 1955 and four years later he took over as editor. Until the late 1960's he edited this volume with virtually no editorial support but his love of aviation was such that this was a challenge he enjoyed. 

He retired as editor in 1989, just as the Iron Curtain obscuring the Soviet Bloc's technology started to lift. John W.R. Taylor, who lived to the age of 77, was a master of a parallel art to Kremlinology, he could deduce the performance of Soviet military equipment from blurred photographs. 

( source : Wikipedia )

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