The History Of The Jet Aircraft Engine

 

How the jet got its start. It’s an amazing story of technical neglect and government  blindness and ineptitude.

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Whittle

https://www.flightglobal.com/FlightPDFArchive/1945/1945%20-%202018.PDF

https://www.flightglobal.com/pdfarchive/view/1951/1951%20-%200879.html

http://www.lutterworthmuseum.org/

http://inventors.about.com/library/inventors/bljetengine.htm

 

 

Considering how quickly GE put the J31 together I wonder if the Germans weren’t the only ones looking at those patents. Some how six months is an unbelievably short time to be putting together a task of that magnitude even if you have a working engine.  I  think that GE had been doing some under the table engineering.

 

http://airandspace.si.edu/collections/artifact.cfm?object=nasm_A19520085000

http://neam.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1049

http://www.gereports.com/post/126449265200/the-first-american-jet-engine-was-born-inside-a

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sanford_Alexander_Moss

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_Electric_J31

http://www.gereports.com/the-story-of-the-1st-us-jet-engine-the-hush-hush-boys-wanted-to-win-the-war-but-they-ended-up-shrinking-the-world/

http://www.gereports.com/video-the-last-of-the-hush-hush-boys-recalls-how-ge-built-the-first-american-jet-engine/

http://www.gereports.com/post/125861650985/found-this-old-ge-comic-book-tells-the-whole

Anyway this is the story of the engine that changed everything.

Here are some more posts about aircraft engines.

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/04/05/aircraft-engines-from-time-that-airplanes-were-made-from-wood-wire-and-canvas/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/08/29/the-packard-merlin-rolls-royce-engine-and-avro-canadian-lancaster-bomber/

https://theartsmechanical.wordpress.com/2015/09/02/the-pratt-and-whitney-wasp/

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  2. blcjr · April 12, 2016

    “Considering how quickly GE put the J31 together I wonder if the Germans weren’t the only ones looking at those patents. Some how six months is an unbelievably short time to be putting together a task of that magnitude even if you have a working engine. I think that GE had been doing some under the table engineering.”

    General Hap Arnold visited England in 1941 and brought back a prototype of the W-1 and plans for the W-2, and after arriving back into the U.S. called Larry Bell of Bell Aircraft and D.R. Schoultz of GE into his office and tasked them with building the first U.S. jet aircraft. That meeting would have been in May 1941. The first run of the J31 was in April of 1942, so GE had closer to a year to develop their engine, and a working prototype to start with.

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  3. Hal Smith · April 12, 2016

    Plus, GE was currently building turbo-superchargers ( as used on B-17’s and P-38’s) that gave them a head start on the high temperature metallurgy issues the Germans had.

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