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15/05/1941 The Gloster Whittle makes its first flight

Britain's first jet-propelled aircraft, the Gloster Whittle, took to the air for the first time, flying for 17 minutes. Its jet engines were designed by Frank Whittle, “the father of the jet engine.” The Gloster Whittle was the third jet to fly successfully after the German Heinkel He 178 and the Italian Caproni Campini N.1.