July 31st 2020 (Click the arrows to reveal extra photos)
Stephen Robson presents “Sir Frank Whittle and the Jet Engine”.
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.
Another month of interest? Click on the date