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  • 00:17
     
    #frank whittle   
    it's my great pleasure this afternoon to welcome to Bracknell air Commodore sir frank whittle and that is today 30th of June 1986
  • 00:17
     
    #frank whittle   
    It's my great pleasure this afternoon to welcome to Bracknell air Commodore sir frank whittle and that is today 30th of June 1986
  • 00:54
     
    #raf    #frank whittle   
    week comes to that I wonder if I could just go back a little beyond that and ask you what some might consider a fairly a fairly obvious question and ask you why in fact you joined the raf in the first frank whittle
  • 00:54
     
    #raf    #frank whittle   
    Week comes to that I wonder if I could just go back a little beyond that and ask you what some might consider a fairly a fairly obvious question and ask you why in fact you joined the raf in the first frank whittle
  • 05:00
     
    #cranwell    #flying training   
    but of course primarily much of your time cranwell must have been spent on the flying training side and later of course you went into rank
  • 05:00
     
    #cranwell    #flying training   
    But of course primarily much of your time cranwell must have been spent on the flying training side and later of course you went into rank
  • 12:33
     
    #first engine   
    it worked six hours a week that was their what they agreement said of course I was almost full-time but so after many traumas of course your first engine didn't actually run on the 12th of April 1937
  • 12:33
     
    #first engine   
    It worked six hours a week that was their what they agreement said of course i was almost full-time but so after many traumas of course your first engine didn't actually run on the 12th of April 1937
  • 17:50
     
    #rolls royce   
    others said that rolls royce wasn't interested because they got their own job going. When it did happen it made all the difference I wanted rolls-royce right in the early days and when we did get
  • 17:50
     
    #rolls royce   
    Others said that rolls royce wasn't interested because they got their own job going. When it did happen it made all the difference I wanted rolls-royce right in the early days and when we did get

Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle Interview

The latest RAF CAPS historic leadership themed interview features Air Commodore Sir Frank Whittle OM KBE CB FRS FRAeS in conversation with Group Captain (later Air Vice-Marshal) Marten Van Der Veen, in an interview filmed at the RAF Staff College, Bracknell in 1986. There are very few events in history which can truly be said to have changed the path of history, one of these is surely Frank Whittle’s development of the jet engine, an innovation which ‘shrank the globe’. Sir Frank had an inauspicious start to his RAF career when he failed basic training on medical grounds. In true RAF spirit he persevered, undertaking a rigorous training programme, and was eventually readmitted as an Aircraft Apprentice. His potential was soon recognised and he was recommended for officer training at RAF College Cranwell – the rest is history. During the interview he discusses the monumental struggles he faced during his development of the jet engine and is engagingly frank about the subsequent i






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