ON THIS DAY, 1907...
On the 1st of June 1907, Frank Whittle was born in Coventry.
Whittle was a British Royal Air Force officer and engineer credited with inventing the turbojet engine. He passed away on August 9, 1996, in Columbia, Maryland, United States.
Whittle's work on jet propulsion began in the 1920s and culminated in the development of the first operational turbojet engine in the 1930s. His innovative engine design consisted of a compressor, combustion chamber, and turbine, which allowed for the continuous supply of high-speed exhaust gases to produce thrust.
Despite facing scepticism and initial resistance from the British Air Ministry, Whittle's turbojet engine concept eventually gained recognition. In 1941, the Gloster E.28/39 aircraft became the first plane to fly using Whittle's jet engine successfully.
Whittle's contributions to aviation technology revolutionized air travel and paved the way for the development of modern jet engines. He received numerous honours and awards for his work, including a knighthood in 1948. Frank Whittle is widely regarded as one of the pioneers of jet propulsion and a key figure in the advancement of aerospace engineering.