Sample Aviation Paper on Frank Whittle and the Race for the Jet

Frank Whittle and the Race for the Jet

Overview of the Article

The article illustrates the origin of the turbo engine that powers most of the commercial airplanes and military crafts. The author denotes that Sir Frank Whittle was the pioneer of the turbojet engine that is currently used in the aeronautical industry. Whittle projected a faster increase in the airline speed but realized that the plane needs to fly at a greater altitude where there is little air resistance (O’Dell, 2017). The writer further elucidates the challenges experienced by Whittle such as lack of support by the government and denial by the air ministry to renew his patent as a way of deterring him from exploring his ambition. Whittle managed to test his first engine in 1937 which marked a significant step in the production of turbo engine jets.

Personal Responses to the Article

Some of the new information I derived from the article include a finding by Whittle that the main mover of the plane engine is the turbine. The researcher extrapolates that the anticipated turbine will change most of the energy into a driving power. I also learned that during the period before the jet invention, the maximum speed of the airliners was below 150mph and the highest altitude was 20,000 feet. Information that piqued my interest was lack of support by the government to support an invention that could have deterred the Second World War. As such, activities that might derail my career are the lack of confidence by the government and the senior staffs over an invention by the junior officer as witnessed in the Whittle case.     


The author provided a significant insight into the history of the turbo engine jets providing critical informative materials on how the engine works. The challenges faced by Whittle are an indication of the difficulties experienced by junior engineers when trying to develop a device.


O’Dell, N. (2017). Frank Whittle and the Race for the Jet | HistoryNet. Retrieved from