The Genesis of the Turbojet: Whittle to Power Jet Engines – Part 3

Rolls-Royce and others become involved… In January 1940, Whittle had met Dr. Stanley Hooker of Rolls-Royce, who in turn introduced Whittle to Rolls-Royce board member and manager of their Derby factory, Ernest Hives (later Lord Hives). Hooker was in charge of the supercharger division at Rolls-Royce Derby and was a specialist in the mathematics of […]

The Genesis of the Turbojet: Whittle to Power Jet Engines – Part 2

In January 1936, when the Power Jets company was created, Henry Tizard, the rector of Imperial College London and chairman of the Aeronautical Research Committee (ARC), had prompted the Air Ministry’s Director of Scientific Research to ask for a write-up of the design. The report was once again passed on to their technical representative, Griffith, […]

The Genesis of the Turbojet: Whittle to Power Jet Engines – Part 1

In March 2019, the Vulcan to the Sky Trust were privileged to organise a special evening in the wonderful surroundings of Gatwick Aviation Museum. The guest speaker was Ian Whittle, son of Sir Frank Whittle – the greatest aero-engineer of the twentieth century. Ian gave a presentation on his father’s childhood and the influence early […]