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Frank Whittle
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Frank Whittle


: 09 August 1996


  • Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle OM KBE CB FRS FRAeS was an English Royal Air Force engineer air officer
When did Frank Whittle die? / Died09 August 1996

Frank Whittle facts

  • He is credited with single-handedly inventing the turbojet engine
  • A patent was submitted by Maxime Guillaume in 1921 for a similar invention; however, this was technically unfeasible at the time
  • Whittle's jet engines were developed some years earlier than those of Germany's Hans von Ohain who was the designer of the first operational turbojet engine
  • From an early age, Whittle demonstrated an aptitude for engineering and an interest in flying
  • At first he was turned down by the RAF but, determined to join the Royal Air Force, he overcame his physical limitations and was accepted and sent to No
  • 2 School of Technical Training to join No 1 Squadron of Cranwell Aircraft Apprentices
  • He was taught the theory of aircraft engines and gained practical experience in the engineering workshops
  • His academic and practical abilities as an Aircraft Apprentice earned him a place on the officer training course at Cranwell
  • He excelled in his studies and became an accomplished pilot
  • While writing his thesis there he formulated the fundamental concepts that led to the creation of the turbojet engine, taking out a patent on his design in 1930
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