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Secrets Of The Spitfire

Author : Lance Cole
ISBN : 184884896X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This book tells the tale of the brilliant aerodynamicist Beverley Shenstone MASc, HonFRAes, FAIAA, AFIAS, FCASI, HonOSTIV. As R.J. Mitchell's chief aerodynamicist, it was Shenstone who designed the Spitfire's wing – the wing that gave the Spitfire it crucial advantage in the Battle of Britain and beyond. A quiet man, Shenstone never sought glory for his work, yet in recent years he has been credited as the man who persuaded Mitchell to adopt the ellipse – a modified ellipse that was unique in its shape and its combined use of two integrated aerofoil sections. Shenstone's knife-edge shape reached far back into early aeronautics for its inspiration. This book also names the other forgotten Spitfire design contributors who were Mitchell's men – Mr Faddy, Mr Fear, Mr Fenner, Mr Shirvall, a Prof Howland and others. Intriguingly, Shenstone had left his native Canada and early training as an RCAF pilot, to study at Junkers and then under the father of the delta wing – Alexander Lippisch in Germany in the early 1930s. There, he became immersed in delta wings and flying wings. He also became a glider pilot. The story of how Beverley came to be in the right place at the right time is revealed for the first time. So too are the enigmatic tales of his involvement with the military, the intelligence world, Lord Beaverbrook, the USAF, and Canadian aviation. During the war Shenstone worked at the top secret Wright Patterson air force base and was involved with the Air Ministry and the pro-British movement in America when Shenstone worked for Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman, the unsung hero behind British defence procurement. Shenstone achieved high office – a President of the Royal Aeronautical Society, technical director at BOAC, chief engineer at BEA and a consultant to several aircraft makers. He was courted by Avro, de Havilland and Vickers, and was the force behind the renaissance of human-powered flight. Using exclusive access to his family documents, his unpublished autobiography and many notes and stories, as well as forensic research, this book details for the first time, a new twist to the Spitfire's story and the secrets of its advanced science. A tale of design and military intelligence reveals a story of a man whose name should be more widely known in the UK, Canada and the aviation world.

Secret Wings Of World War Ii

Author : Lance Cole
ISBN : 9781473823440
Genre : History
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There are many myths and legends surrounding the advanced German aeronautical technology of the Second World War. There are also facts and proven events. Yet within these stories and behind these facts lie conspiracy theories, mistaken assumptions and denials that seem to contradict the evidence. So what really happened? How far ahead were the German scientists? And, of even greater interest, why and how???There have been other books about advanced German wartime aeronautics, yet few authors have fully examined the detail of the designs and their relevance to the fighter and bomber legends of the 1950s and '60s, let alone the current crop of military and civil all-wing or blended-wing aircraft. This book charts the story from it origins, through current-day innovations and beyond, into the all-wing future of tomorrow.

The Secrets Of Q Central

Author : Paul Brown
ISBN : 9780750962773
Genre : History
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A quiet market town with no military presence was chosen as the secret communications centre for Britain as the country prepared for war with Germany in 1937. When hostilities began, ‘Q Central’ attracted a dozen other clandestine operations set up to defend the country or designed to confuse and undermine enemy morale. The headquarters of radar, RAF Group 60, also came to Leighton Buzzard to be hidden from German attack and to be close to the telephone and radio communications needed to run its vast chain of radar stations. These directed the defending fighters that saved the country in the Battle of Britain and then took the bombing war to Germany. Close by, for the same reasons of secrecy and safety, were the satellite stations of Bletchley Park, the now famous code-breaking centre; the Met Office at Dunstable, which gave the all clear for the D-Day landings; Black Ops units that set up false radio stations and wrote propaganda to confuse the enemy; and airfields used for dropping agents behind enemy lines. At Q Central itself was the largest telephone exchange in the world, with more than 1,000 teleprinters communicating with all the armed services in every theatre of war and directing the operations of the secret services. Now the restrictions of the Official Secrets Act have been lifted, enabling eight members of the Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeology and History Society to piece together this compelling story for the first time.

The Spitfire V Manual

Author : Michael A. Fopp
ISBN : STANFORD:36105026617048
Genre : History
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The Spitfire was the most celebrated fighter plane of the RAF and saw extensive service throughout World War II. Reliable, fast, rugged and effective this revolutionary aircraft made a terrific reputation for itself over the skies of Europe. The Spitfire V was the third major production type of the aircraft to see service, coming into action in March 1941, and was an updated, honed version of the classic fighter. This detailed, technical manual reveals the secrets behind the Spitfire's success. It examines the Spitfire's engine, armament, controls, design and technical specifications to give a clear picture of the plane's strengths and limitations. Technical drawings, electrical plans and cockpit photographs support the text. The Spitfire V Manual is a facsimile of the original Air Ministry workshop manual v used by the personnel who flew and maintained the aircraft v and was first published in the 1940s.

R J Mitchell Schooldays To Spitfire

Author : Gordon Mitchell
ISBN : STANFORD:36105112252528
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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Biografi over den enkelske flykonstruktør, der skabte det fra 2. verdenskrig kendte jagerfly Supermarine Spitfire skrevet af hans søn.

Uncovered Secrets Of Wartime

Author : Marlene Ritchie
ISBN : 9781460265581
Genre : Fiction
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After auctioneer Lisa Spencer's adventures in "Cabbagetown" (Murder in Cabbagetown), she is ready for things to get back to normal. Unfortunately, that also means that business is back to being slow, and the auction scene just isn't what it used to be. With a sale just around the corner, Lisa is still looking for a headliner of the show to attract the highest bidders, and she may just have solved that problem. She's found a painting by a renowned Austrian artist, Gustav Klimt, and she's on her way to meet the owner in a small town just east of Toronto. She couldn't possibly know that waiting for her is another adventure, this time involving some shady characters, a big wig research association, and even a painter with ties to a WWIIPOW camp. And, as if THAT wasn't complicated enough, Lisa soon finds herself entangled in yet another murder. At the end of it all, will Lisa finally get her hands on the painting to auction? Business might be slow, but for Lisa Spencer, everything else is anything but...

Keeping Secrets

Author : June Kelley Pierce
ISBN : 9781462012954
Genre : Fiction
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Two young cousins, Jenny O'Shea and Jade Ritchie, share a special bond that goes beyond family and friendship. When that bond is tested by abuse, the two girls come to learn the value of their friendship. They share a powerful, empowering, and emotional journey as they both fight to protect their childhood and their innocence. When an older cousin arrives, the darkness of his intentions quickly becomes clear, but only to the girls. To the outside world, he is a loving big brother and a protector, but the girls quickly learn that appearances can be deceiving. They know that, unless they can outwit him, they run the risk of becoming prisoners to his sinister plans. His cunning and perverse intentions are a constant threat that they are determined to fight off together. But just as they are about to launch their own defensive against him, they are separated. Once alone, each girl's life becomes indescribably more complicated and dangerous. And just when freedom is within sight, an even darker secret is revealed one that will change their lives forever. Theirs is a story of resilience and the power of the human spirit.

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