<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>
<p>The biography of Frank Whittle – RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero.</p>
'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'
'A long overdue corrective account of an extraordinary man'
'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention'
'There's much to ponder in this biography of a stoic and overlooked British hero'
'A fine, deeply researched book ... [It] does great credit to a true aviation pioneer'
'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 As such, I expect it will become an historical document of some importance ...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'
'An important and stimulating addition to the literature and highly recommended'
The Aviation Historian
<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>
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