Frank Whittle in his study, Brownsover Hall near Rugby, 1946.
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Frank Whittle photographed in his study at his war time headquarters at Brownsover Hall near Rugby, Warwickshire. The models shown are the Gloster-Whittle E28/39 and Gloster Meteor aircraft and a Power Jets W2/700 engine. Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996) joined the Royal Air Force as an apprentice, qualified as a pilot, and was able to study at Cambridge whilst still in the RAF. In 1936 he set up Power Jets Ltd to develop what was to become the first British jet engine - the WI engine.