Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution (Paperback)
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Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution (Paperback)

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The story of Frank Whittle - RAF pilot, mathematician of genius, inventor of the jet engine and British hero.

'Wonderful' David Edgerton, TLS
'A fascinating account' Aeroplane Monthly
'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle' Leo McKinstry
'[A] thorough dissection of the evolution of the jet engine... I recommend this mighty tome unreservedly' Journal of Aeronautical History
'A long overdue corrective of an extraordinary man' James Hamilton-Paterson
'A fine, deeply researched book' Military History Monthly

In 1938, a thirty-one-year-old RAF pilot and engineer named Frank Whittle - given special leave to pursue his own startlingly original concept of flight - presented the Air Ministry with a written proposal for a revolutionary jet-powered fighter aircraft. A ready response might have changed the course of history, but Whittle got no reply.

In this gripping and insightful biography, Duncan Campbell-Smith charts Whittle's success at building a pre-war jet engine against all the odds - and tracks his desperate struggle to have it launched into active service against Hitler's Luftwaffe. It arrived too late - but nonetheless transformed the future of aviation.

Publisher: Head of Zeus
ISBN: 9781788544702
Number of pages: 560
Dimensions: 198 x 129 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'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 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 *
'An important and stimulating addition to the literature and highly recommended' -- The Aviation Historian
'[A] thorough dissection of the evolution of the jet engine. Campbell-Smith has climbed every mountain of paper records unearthing the numerous political and technical hurdles from primary sources... I recommend this mighty tome unreservedly' * Journal of Aeronautical History *

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