ISSUE 17, April 2006
Editorial
Historic: The Brother who designed the Spitfire
Travel: The charm of Kerala
Grand Lodge: Pro Grand Master's speech and Quarterly Communication
Public Relations: Hottest spot in town
International: Emulation in Bulgaria and Mauritius takes a leap forward and Hungary's Royal Arch library
Library & Museum: Recent acquisitions
Masonic Bibles: Lodges and their Bibles
    Royal Masonic Girls' School: My thanks to the Freemasons
Holocaust: The Count of Auschwitz
Education: International conference on the history of Freemasonry and Events
Specialist Lodges: Masonry universal - via radio
Masonic Charities: Grand Charity continues to help those in need and New Masonic Samaritan Fund and Royal Masonic Benevolent Institution and Royal Masonic Trust for Girls and Boys
Grand Charity: The Tsunami - one year on and Important Gift Aid information
Letters, Book Reviews, and Gardening

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During his last years, Mitchell was involved in the design of the Supermarine b12/36 bomber, the r1/36 fast flying boat and the .37/35 four-cannon fighter. In 1942 a film was made of Mitchell’s life called The First of the Few, starring Leslie Howard as the designer.
    Mitchell had one son, Dr Gordon Mitchell, now in his eighties, who has written two books about his father: RJ Mitchell – world-famous aircraft designer (ISBN 0 947750 053, Nelson and Saunders) and RJ Mitchell – schooldays to Spitfire, (ISBN 0 7524 2323, Tempus Publishing).
    One is left simply to speculate what this extraordinary genius could have gone on to achieve had the Great Architect granted him longer life. Freemasonry in general has reason to be proud indeed of its association with such a Brother.


The Science Museum in London is currently running an exhibition on the Spitfire which will run until January 2007. Called Inside the Spitfire, Personal stories of Britain’s most famous plane, it comprises a ‘deconstructed’ Spitfire displayed in pieces.
    The ‘giant Airfix kit’ shows the complexity inside the apparently simple elegant Spitfire shape, revealing the celebrated Rolls-Royce Merlin and Griffon engines alongside enlargements of original blueprints and cutaway drawings.
    There are also personal stories on display from people who built, maintained and flew the aircraft. Letters, mementoes, papers, security passes, medals, models and rare photographs from the Castle Bromwich Spitfire factory will also be exhibited.
    The Aircraft Restoration Company, Duxford, has restored the aircraft, a Spitfire Mark 22, and the exhibition and RJ Mitchell statue has been funded by the Sidney E. Frank Foundation of the United States.

   
www.sciencemuseum.org.uk


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A view of the RJ Mitchell exhibition at the Science Museum



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