Although the jet engine represented a major breakthrough in aircraft propulsion – opening up substantial increases in aircraft speed and altitude performance – its introduction into RAF service was remarkably smooth from an engineering and supply perspective, with the related challenges being progressively resolved within the first decade.
This lecture explores the categories of influence against the build-up of jet aircraft in the period from 1945 -1955. It will cover the significant contribution made by Sir Frank Whittle to in-service jet engine reliability and maintainability, the issues of new types of fuel and lubricants, flight line hazards and handling, aircraft support and aircrew survival systems, trade skills and technical organisation as the RAF entered the jet age.
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