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Sir Frank Whittle

(1907-1996), Aeronautical engineer and inventor

Sitter in 15 portraits
Whittle was an aeronautical engineer and inventor of the jet engine. As an officer in the Royal Air Force, Whittle formulated a prototype turbo-jet engine, which he patented in 1932. With approval from the Air Ministry, he founded the company Power Jet Ltd. to develop the idea. Difficulty obtaining financial backing for the scheme and official scepticism delayed the project, and the first trial flight was made in May 1941. Whittle's invention transformed aviation and made innovative aircraft, such as Concorde, possible.

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Sir Frank Whittle, by David Buckland - NPG P379

Sir Frank Whittle

by David Buckland
cibachrome print, 1987
NPG P379

Sir Frank Whittle, by M.L. Nathan - NPG x24430

Sir Frank Whittle

by M.L. Nathan
C-type colour print, 1945
NPG x24430

Sir Frank Whittle, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x186134

Sir Frank Whittle

by Walter Stoneman
bromide print, 1 July 1947
NPG x186134

Sir Frank Whittle, by Walter Stoneman - NPG x188861

Sir Frank Whittle

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1 July 1947
NPG x188861

Sir Frank Whittle, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x91820

Sir Frank Whittle

by Elliott & Fry
bromide print, 30 November 1950
NPG x91820

Sir Frank Whittle, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99798

Sir Frank Whittle

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 30 November 1950
NPG x99798

Sir Frank Whittle, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99799

Sir Frank Whittle

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 30 November 1950
NPG x99799

Sir Frank Whittle, by Elliott & Fry - NPG x99800

Sir Frank Whittle

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 30 November 1950
NPG x99800

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Sir Frank Whittle

by Walter Stoneman
half-plate glass negative, 1 July 1947
NPG x188862

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Sir Frank Whittle

by Elliott & Fry
whole-plate glass negative, 30 November 1950
NPG x99797

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Sir Frank Whittle

by Paul Laib
cellulose acetate negative, 1960
NPG x39387

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Sir Frank Whittle

by Francis Goodman
2 1/4 inch square film negative, 1966
NPG x195671

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