Frank Whittle (Icon Science): The Invention of the Jet

Frank Whittle (Icon Science): The Invention of the Jet

by Andrew Nahum

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The story of the jet engine has everything: genius, tragedy, heroism, a world war, the individual vs. the state, and an idea that would change the world.

Frank Whittle always maintained that he was held back by a lack of government support. At the very moment in 1943 when his invention was unveiled to the world, his company, Power Jets, was forcibly nationalised.

Yet Whittle's brilliance, charm and charisma helped him recruit major support from the British government and the RAF, who gave him the green light to build a jet engine at a time when to do so made little sense. Here is a story of what pushing technology to its limits can achieve - and the effect that such achievement can have on those involved.

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ISBN-13: 9781785782565
Publisher: Icon Books, Ltd. UK
Publication date: 10/05/2017
Series: Icon Science
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 698,703
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Andrew Nahum is currently Keeper Emeritus at the Science Museum, London. He is also author of Alec Issigonis and the Mini (Icon Books, 2004) and Fifty Cars that changed the World (Design Museum, 2009, 2016).

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