Slate tribute to father of the Spitfire

Reginald Mitchell, designer of steam geek icon the Spitfire, has been honoured with a statue in London’s Science Museum.

Reginald Mitchell died of cancer in 1937 so never saw his plane used in wartime.

His son said: “For the general public, the Spitfire is undoubtedly the most beautiful, elegant aeroplane ever produced.

“Victory was made possible by the Spitfire.”