Frank Whittle: Invention of the Jet (Revolutions in Science) Hardcover – 4 Mar 2004
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"All students of the jet story should have this important book." -- Navigator
"Provides a different, and refreshingly balanced historical perspective Fascinating." -- Flight International
"Read it to learn what really happened" -- Guardian
Read it [and] learn more about what really happened. -- Guardian, June 3, 2004
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The author has a good clear style and puts across technical issues with unusual ability. My only criticism is that this is quite a short book on a fascinating topic. I wish it had been longer.
It is easy therefore to see Whittle and his technologist team as not unlike spoilt children, and such was the conclusion in Government: all this bad blood was in the desperate context of the country urgently scaling its aircraft and conventional piston engine production to counter the Luftwaffe. In the event the scramble demanded all its resources and more. Some production was eventually outsourced to the USA and such was the scale of the war effort, the country ended deeply in debt to the USA, making its final payment, plus interest on the war loan, in 2006 (see Richard Davenport-Hines: Universal Man). In that light, Whittle and his colleagues, receiving generous Government support and funding, were misbehaving.
Whilst the evidence is clearly laid out the interpretation invites challenge, not least when cross-referenced with other versions of the story: Whittle's intellectual property was handed over to the competition and Power Jets was indisputably under-resourced from the start, stuck with a single-track development programme that ran into difficulties.Read more ›
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Interesting book indeed, well worth a read about the behind the scene's of what happened with Whittle's company.Published 5 months ago by Bob