Sub Title
The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution
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<h2>The story of Frank Whittle – RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero. </h2><p><b>'Wonderful'</b> David Edgerton, <i>TLS</i></p><p><b>'Fascinating'</b> <i>Aeroplane Monthly</i></p><p><b>'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle'</b> Leo McKinstry</p><p>In 1938, a thirty-one-year-old RAF pilot and engineer named Frank Whittle – given special leave to pursue his own startlingly original concept of flight – presented the Air Ministry with a written proposal for a revolutionary jet-powered fighter aircraft. A ready response might have changed the course of history, but Whittle got no reply.</p><p>In this gripping and insightful biography, Duncan Campbell-Smith charts Whittle's success at building a pre-war jet engine against all the odds – and tracks his desperate struggle to have it launched into active service against Hitler's Luftwaffe. It arrived too late – but nonetheless transformed the future of aviation.</p>

ISBN
9781788544702
Imprint
Apollo
Category
Non Fiction
Published
Pages
560
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<p>The biography of Frank Whittle – RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero.</p>

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'Wonderful at evoking Whittle's extraordinary creative ideas, his mathematical ability, his charm, the support he received, his lack of political nous, as well as the sometimes appalling treatment he received'

David Edgerton, TLS

'A fascinating account'

Aeroplane Monthly

'A long overdue corrective account of an extraordinary man'

James Hamilton-Paterson

'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention'

Leo McKinstry

'There's much to ponder in this biography of a stoic and overlooked British hero'

Choice Magazine

'A fine, deeply researched book ... [It] does great credit to a true aviation pioneer'

Military History

'The author has done a first rate job in illuminating the struggles of this engineering icon in such a gripping manner. That he has made such good use of Whittle's notes and diaries is evident and adds so much to the book. As such, I expect it will become an historical document of some importance ... This book is highly commended to all those with an interest in aviation, be they aircraft or engineering enthusiasts'

Pennant

'An important and stimulating addition to the literature and highly recommended'

The Aviation Historian

Illustrations
25 integrated b&w, 2 x 8pp b&w
Editions
ISBN
9781788544689
Format
eBook
Title
Jet Man
ISBN
9781788544696
Format
Hardback
Title
Jet Man
ISBN
9781788544702
Format
Paperback
Title
Jet Man
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<p>The story of a forgotten British hero. </p>

<p>Written with access to Whittle's extensive private papers. </p>

<p>Author has won the Wadsworth Business History Prize. </p>

<p>MARKET: <i>The Crew</i> by David Price; <i>The Volunteer</i> by Jack Fairweather; Simon Sebag-Montefiore.</p>

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129
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Measure Y
198
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