July 31st 2020 (Click the arrows to reveal extra photos)
We had a virtual online arrangement. The trial worked well, and this meeting was our Club First - a presentation via the Internet!
So many questions came about going online. Will it be safe? Is it the New Normal? Well, so far it has proved to be quite safe, and easy to use. And we do not intend to replace our monthly meeting together in person, with all the benefits that entails. But online is better than nothing at all, and has a number of advantages; so as it proved successful, as an occasional feature the online presentation may have its place.
There was a good turnout on the night. Were you there?
Stephen Robson presented “Sir Frank Whittle and the Jet Engine”.
This was a fascinating insight into the career and character who showed remarkable tenacity in realising his ideals.
Sir Frank Whittle was an exceptional engineering pioneer whose expertise and vision was neither recognised nor accepted by the government until he had run his first jet engine at Farnborough using funds from a private investment company.
Fortunately his various direct bosses in the RAF did recognise his talent. The talk covers his early RAF career as an outstanding cadet and pilot, notwithstanding a few wrecked aircraft on the way.
Thousands of business and regional jets today are powered by engines using his first basic design philosophy and the big airliner engines use bypass technology he patented during WW2. Not to speak of the use of turbines in rail loco technology!
Advance notice - the August outing has now reached viable numbers, so is going ahead! Check your diary!
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