Reginald Mitchell on the new £50

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The new £50 note will feature a prominent British scientist, the Bank of England has announced, with the public being asked for nominations.

In addition to the Queen, the note will include the portrait of an eminent late scientist from fields such as biology, astronomy and medical research.

The public can offer suggestions on the Bank's website over the next six weeks and we think that Reginald Mitchell (designer of the iconic Spitfire) who died of cancer 2 years before WWII and never saw the aircraft fly should feature on the £50 note.

In 2003 Mitchell was voted the Greatest Midlander in a BBC poll but he has never been honoured. Mitchell also designed the Supermarine Seaplance that won the Schnieder Trophy in 1931 becoming the world's fastest vehicle.

Please support this petition now so that we can gauge support and forward the numbers but also PLEASE go to today to enter Mitchell's name on the Bank of England Website.