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13/03/1998 German physicist Hans von Ohain dies


The Father of the Jet Engine - Hans Von Ohain


Heinkel He 178

He is known as the designer of the first operational jet engine. His HeS3b turbojet engine powered the first experimental jet aircraft, the He178. He had an English competitor, Frank Whittle. Whittle patented the jet engine four years before Ohain. However, Ohain's engine flew two years before Whittle's.
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