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Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution

Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution (Hardback)

By Campbell-Smith, Duncan

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Facing a huge audience of American engineers in 1985, Hans von Ohain, the scientist who pioneered Nazi Germany's efforts to build a jet plane, spoke of a rival in Britain whose pre-war work had clearly surpassed his own, yet had been disastrously neglected. The RAF, said von Ohai...n, could certainly have had jet fighters several years before they went into service in 1944. 'Would World War II have occurred if the Luftwaffe knew it faced operational British jets instead of Spitfires? I, for one, think not.' That rival was Frank Whittle, working-class outsider and self-taught enthusiast. By 1929 Whittle had worked out the blueprint of a completely new type of engine, only for his ideas to be blocked by bureaucratic opposition until the outbreak of war in 1939. The importance of his work was recognized too late by the government for his revolutionary engine to play a major part in World War II. After the war Whittle's dream of civilian jet-powered aircraft became a triumphant reality and Britain enjoyed a golden age of jet-powered flight in the 1950s. Drawing on Whittle's extensive private papers, Duncan Campbell-Smith tells the remarkable story of the struggle and stoicism of a very British hero - and a tantalizing tale of 'what might have been'.
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ISBN 9781788544696
Released NZ 1 Apr 2021
Publisher Head of Zeus
Format Hardback
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ISBN-13 9781788544696
Stock Available
Status Internationally sourced (OOS locally); ships 6-14 working days
Publisher Head of Zeus
Imprint Apollo
Released 1 Apr 2021
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Hardback
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Author(s) By Campbell-Smith, Duncan
Category Biography & Autobiography: General
World History: From C 1900 -
Aerospace & Aviation Technology
Aircraft: General Interest
Number of Pages 560
Dimensions Width: 153mm
Height: 234mm
Dewey Code 629.1092
Weight Not specified - defaults to 1,000g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
Library of Congress Aerospace engineers - Biography - Great Britain
NBS Text Biography: Business
ONIX Text General/trade