Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution (Paperback)Duncan Campbell-Smith (author)
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In 1929, a twenty-two-year-old maverick named Frank Whittle - a self-taught aeronautical obsessive and risk-takingly brilliant RAF pilot - presented a blueprint for a revolutionary, jet-powered aircraft engine to the Air Ministry. His idea had the potential to change the course of history, but it was summarily rejected.
In this gripping and insightful biography, Duncan Campbell-Smith charts Whittle's stoic efforts to build his jet engine in the interwar years, blocked by bureaucratic opposition until 1939, and only gaining true recognition after the Second World War, when his aeronautical dreams became a reality and Britain enjoyed a golden age of jet-powered flight.
Praise for Jet Man:
'Wonderful at evoking Whittle's extraordinary creative ideas, his mathematical ability, his charm, the support he received, his lack of political nous, as well as the sometimes appalling treatment he received' David Edgerton, TLS
'A long overdue corrective of an extraordinary man' James Hamilton-Paterson
'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention' Leo McKinstry
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Number of pages: 560
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm
'A fascinating account' * Aeroplane Monthly *
'A long overdue corrective account of an extraordinary man' -- James Hamilton-Paterson
'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention' -- Leo McKinstry
'There's much to ponder in this biography of a stoic and overlooked British hero' * Choice Magazine *
'A fine, deeply researched book ... [It] does great credit to a true aviation pioneer' * Military History *
'The author has done a first rate job in illuminating the struggles of this engineering icon in such a gripping manner. That he has made such good use of Whittle's notes and diaries is evident and adds so much to the book. As such, I expect it will become an historical document of some importance ... This book is highly commended to all those with an interest in aviation, be they aircraft or engineering enthusiasts' * Pennant *
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