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ARCHIE_CALVERT
02-07-2006, 03:10 PM
Sir Frank Whittle OM KBE CB FRS
1907 - 1996

Nice site: http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/125/achievements/whittle/whitt-r.htm

ARCHIE_CALVERT
02-07-2006, 03:10 PM
Sir Frank Whittle OM KBE CB FRS
1907 - 1996

Nice site: http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/125/achievements/whittle/whitt-r.htm

Taylortony
02-07-2006, 03:17 PM
Sweet, they have a full scale replica of the fisrt arcraft on a roundabout near me....he was shafted by the UK Government of the time big time............... least the rest of the world recognised him long before the UK did............he flew BA you know for free and was always invited to sit in the Cockpit because without him we would still be vibrating around the world, props and all...........

ARCHIE_CALVERT
02-07-2006, 03:47 PM
Another Brit that help make the 'modern' world... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

And yet I hear now that the 'Bristol Concorde' is rusting away at Filton... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-sad.gif

Sergio_101
02-07-2006, 05:09 PM
Frank Whittle ran his first gas turbine
years before any german did.

sergio

major_setback
02-08-2006, 04:48 AM
Re: <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content"> Frank Whittle ran his first gas turbine
years before any german did.
</div></BLOCKQUOTE>

Hurray for Whittle. But wasn't the He 178 the first jet:

"In 1936, a young engineer named Hans von Ohain had taken out a patent on using the exhaust from a gas turbine as a means of propulsion"

The first engine was built in 1937.

from 2nd link:



http://www.allstar.fiu.edu/aero/HEINHE-178.htm

http://www.answers.com/topic/heinkel-he-178

http://tanks45.tripod.com/Jets45/Histories/He178/He-178.htm


http://www.warbirdsresourcegroup.org/LRG/images/he178-2.jpg

I know Whittle took out early patents too, but did he actually construct an engine first as you state?

Also the He 280 was quite an early jet:

http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=2ioubnis...t=Heinkel%20He%20280 (http://www.answers.com/main/ntquery;jsessionid=2ioubnisls06l?method=4&dsid=2222&dekey=Heinkel+He+280&gwp=8&curtab=2222_1&sbid=lc04a&linktext=Heinkel%20He%20280)

ImpStarDuece
02-08-2006, 05:18 AM
I believe Whittle put out a patent in 1930 for the jet engine, but he allowed the patent to lapse in 1935 because he couldn't afford the 5 pound renewal fee.

Whittle built and tested his first workable centrifugial engine the WU1 in April of 1937. Hans von Ohain tested his engine about 6 months later. However, the Germans beat the British in developing an effective jet engine by about 18 months and put a jet powered plane into the air almost 2 years before the British did.

stathem
02-08-2006, 05:30 AM
Isn't it the case that Whittle's 1930 patents were publicly available and were read by Ohain and others around the world; and whilst Ohain's work had full backing of a Nazi party gearing up for war and prepared to throw money at any technological scheme in order to get world recognition for their technological supremacy, Whittle had to fight tooth and nail to get any sort of recognition?

MrBlueSky1960
02-08-2006, 05:40 AM
<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by stathem:
Isn't it the case that Whittle's 1930 patents were publicly available and were read by Ohain and others around the world; and whilst Ohain's work had full backing of a Nazi party gearing up for war and prepared to throw money at any technological scheme in order to get world recognition for their technological supremacy, Whittle had to fight tooth and nail to get any sort of recognition? </div></BLOCKQUOTE>

http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif Oh yes... Cruel, but true.

vanjast
02-08-2006, 06:17 AM
Sooo, if you have a revolutionary idea it's probably better not to patent it, so the rest of the world can read what you've done. and develop it in relative obscurity, until it's ready for production, then sell it.

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