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MrBlueSky1960
04-12-2007, 04:50 AM
Frank Whittle successfully ran the World's first gas turbine engine in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire. Whittle was a serving officer in the R.A.F.

In a few weeks time, June 1st, it will be the centenary of his birth in a terraced house in the Earlsdon district of Coventry.

A man who brought an idea to life and in so doing changed the whole World...

MrBlueSky1960
04-12-2007, 04:50 AM
Frank Whittle successfully ran the World's first gas turbine engine in the town of Rugby, Warwickshire. Whittle was a serving officer in the R.A.F.

In a few weeks time, June 1st, it will be the centenary of his birth in a terraced house in the Earlsdon district of Coventry.

A man who brought an idea to life and in so doing changed the whole World...

woofiedog
04-12-2007, 06:38 AM
A bit more of the story...

Dr. Hans von Ohain and Sir Frank Whittle are both recognized as being the co-inventors of the jet engine. Each worked separately and knew nothing of the other's work. Hans von Ohain is considered the designer of the first operational turbojet engine. Frank Whittle was the first to register a patent for the turbojet engine in 1930. Hans von Ohain was granted a patent for his turbojet engine in 1936. However, Hans von Ohain's jet was the first to fly in 1939. Frank Whittle's jet first flew in in 1941.

Link: http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bljetengine.htm

http://inventors.about.com/library/graphics/whittle_von_hain.jpg
Sir Frank Whittle (left)
Dr. Hans von Ohain

buglord
04-12-2007, 08:00 AM
I live about one mile from where it was tested, all thats left there now is the old warehouse in which it was tested in. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif

Heliopause
04-12-2007, 01:53 PM
Von Ohain said in public more than once that if the British government had backed Whittle from the beginning it could have stopped the war from starting.

Gloster Pioneer
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Heinkel He 178
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K_Freddie
04-12-2007, 02:08 PM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Heliopause:
Von Ohain said in public more than once that if the British government had backed Whittle from the beginning it could have stopped the war from starting. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Ahhh! stupid politicians.. they only thing they're good for... is starting wars - Natural human culling entity.. http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_cool.gif