Coventry-born inventor Frank Whittle patented his jet engine.

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    Nyongesa Sande
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    This year is the 93rd since Coventry-born inventor Frank Whittle patented his jet engine. Against lack of funds and indifference from military superiors, Whittle created an engine that would revolutionise global travel.
    To mark the anniversary, a feature film including interviews with Frank Whittle will be re-released.
    Sir Frank had the original idea for a propeller-less aeroplane in 1929, but it wasn’t until facing the military pressures of the Second World War that he was able to test his first jet-powered plane.
    The plane, a Gloster E28, took to the skies for 17 minutes from RAF Cranwell in Lincolnshire.This is the first ever patent which was commercially viable jet engine by Frank whittle

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