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Jet Man
Jet Man: The Making and Breaking of Frank Whittle, Genius of the Jet Revolution Duncan Campbell-Smith

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

In 1929, a twenty-two-year-old maverick named Frank Whittle – a self-taught aeronautical obsessive and risk-takingly brilliant RAF pilot – presented a blueprint for a revolutionary, jet-powered aircraft engine to the Air Ministry. His idea had the potential to change the course of history, but it was summarily rejected.

In this gripping and insightful biography, Duncan Campbell-Smith charts Whittle's stoic efforts to build his jet engine in the interwar years, blocked by bureaucratic opposition until 1939, and only gaining true recognition after the Second World War, when his aeronautical dreams became a reality and Britain enjoyed a golden age of jet-powered flight.

Praise for Jet Man:

'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 long overdue corrective of an extraordinary man' James Hamilton-Paterson

'Casts new light on the intense, heroic character of Frank Whittle and his revolutionary invention' Leo McKinstry

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10 Dec 2020 * 560pp * £5.99 * 9781788544689
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'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 As such, I expect it will become an historical document of some importance ...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
Author
Duncan Campbell-Smith
Duncan Campbell-Smith
Duncan Campbell-Smith is a former Financial Times and Economist journalist whose career has also included working in the City, consulting with McKinsey & Co and a short stint in the world of corporate communications. His previous books include Struggle for Take-Off, A History of British Airways (1986). He won the Wadsworth Business History Prize for his authorised history of the Royal Mail, Masters of the Post (2011).
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