The forgotten hero of the Battle of Britain - the inventor of the Spitfire - has been honoured with a long-awaited statue.
Tributes were paid to Staffordshire-born RJ Mitchell, the man behind the aircraft that was vital in defeating the German Luftwaffe in the skies over southern England during the Second World War, at the unveiling in London's Science Museum.
The designer's son, Dr Gordon Mitchell, and American billionaire Sidney Frank, both aged 85, who have fought for Mr Mitchell's work to be fully commemorated, were there to see the results of their campaign on Battle of Britain Day.
Mr Frank, who took up the cause after writing to Dr Mitchell last year, is famous for making money through the liqueur Jagermeister and the in-vogue vodka Grey Goose.
He fell in love with the famous fighter plane while working in the aeronautics industry during the Second World War.
Unveiling the Welsh slate statue which he funded, Mr Frank, clutching a large cigar, said: "It was the Spitfire that always enthralled me and for years the story of RJ Mitchell inspired me.
"He was a man of genius whose creativity helped save England during one of the darkest hours."
He added: "RJ Mitchell must be remembered and now RJ Mitchell will be remembered."
Dr Mitchell, whose father died of cancer in 1937 so never saw his plane used in wartime, told Mr Frank: "I can stand in front of the statue and say, yes, that's my father."
He added: "I think for the general public, the Spitfire is undoubtedly the most beautiful, elegant aeroplane ever produced."
Dr Mitchell, from Lower Slaughter, Gloucestershire, said: "I'm very proud of my father. I remember being 15 when he designed the Spitfire. He took me up to the airport to see prototypes being flown.
"It first flew in 1936 and my father died in June 1937. Quite clearly, he died knowing the Spitfire was a real success."
Dr Mitchell fittingly wore a gold badge in the shape of the famous plane on his lapel.
The statue, made of hundreds of tiny pieces of slate, shows the designer standing over his drawing board.
The monument will stay permanently in the museum which is commemorating the 65th anniversary of the Battle of Britain with a Spitfire exhibition.