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01/06/1907 Inventor Frank Whittle is born

He is known as the father of the jet engine. Gloster Whittle, an experimental aircraft powered by his engine, was, however, third successful jet plane. It was preceded by German Heinkel He 178 and the Italian Caproni Campini N.1. In Germany, the jet engine was independently invented by Hans von Ohain.


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  • Early life 

  • Entering the RAF 

  • Development of the turbojet engine 

  • After the war 

  • Later life 

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