Meteor in Action


Meteor in Action

Meteor in Action (Aircraft 152)
By Glenn Ashley

Publisher: Squadron/Signal Publications Inc. 1995 52 Pages
ISBN: 0897473329
PDF 16 MB

The dream of jet powered aviation goes back almost as far as shortly after the First World War. Throughout the 1920s efforts were made to develop new types of aircraft propulsion using mainly rocket or gas turbine engines, but still requiring the use of a conventional pro-peller.
In the early 1930s, a young British engineer named Frank Whittle worked privately on a new engine design while still maintaining a career in the RAF. Whittle received mixed feed-back from the various sections of the military about this new idea. A great deal of support was received from within the RAF, but the Air Ministry bluntly rejected his proposals leaving him to privately patent the project. His idea was for a gas turbine driving a scries of enclosed impellers, rather than the normal propeller.




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