compassion, collaboration & cooperation iN transistion
It was turned down by the British Government, by industry and even
by the Royal Air Force, when the design was first presented to them.
It survived only because of the conviction of its great designer R.J. Mitchell
to become by far the most famous, the most inspirational, the most
successful warplane of its generation; the very symbol and image of
British pride and power, as the killer fighter of the decisive air battle of
World War 2, the Battle of Britain. It was the only allied airplane that was
kept in production throughout the entire duration of the war, appearing in
over 40 different versions, and flying in every theatre of the war. With
hitherto unseen footage, this programme tells the entire story of this
remarkable airplane, from its inception, to its great triumphs in battle.
BRITAIN and the BRITISH and the WORLD owes him so much for the
courage which he displayed, in the face of the knowledge that he would
soon die of cancer. The marvel of ALL that was R.J. Mitchell, can no doubt
be attributed, to a MIND that was presented with the additional implacable
enemy - TIME - but none the less a MIND whose characteristics included...
The INSIGHT for getting to the ESSENCE of the PROBLEM
The UNDERSTANDING of the need to THINK THINGS THROUGH
The FOCUS of ATTENTION to DETAIL
The ABILITY to formulate a SOLUTION based on an IDEA
The COMMITMENT to being PREPARED to TAKE RISKS
The COMMUNICATION skills to INSPIRE a TEAM to COMPLETE the TASK
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