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Brief History of the Power Jets


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Brief History of the Power Jets

Power Jets Ltd was a British company set up by Frank Whittle. The company’s maingoal was to design and manufacture jet engines. In 1944, the company was nationalized and was evolved into the National Gas Turbine Establishment.

The company was founded and established on January 27, 1936 and was manned and headed by Frank Whittle, Rolf Dudley-Williams, James Collingwood Tinling and Lancelot Law Whyte of investment bankers O T Falk & Partners.

British Thomson-Houston (BTH) at Rugby, Warwickshire was hired from initial premises. To assist in the project, the company initially borrowed some fitters from BTH. Later on, from the Royal Air Force, the Power Jets was able to get one or two people on loan. In 1940, the company had a total workforce of about twenty-five. In the year 1938, the Power Jets had transferred and moved from Rugby to BTH’s works in Lutterworth.

In 1940, a major breakthrough for the company happened, the prompting of Stanley Hooker, Ernest Hives, who was the chairman of Rolls-Royce, visited Lutterworth, proposed and offered to make any parts Whittle required at Rolls-Royce’s Derby experimental shop.

The first turbojet to run was the Power Jets WU design. Itwas first tested on April 12, 1937, together with the Power Jets W.1 powered the Gloster E.28/39. It was the first jet aircraft to fly in the United Kingdom. The W.1 was also the first jet engine built in the United States where, as the General Electric I-A, it was the first US-built jet engine to run, and as the production General Electric J31 it powered the Bell P-59A Airacomet.

In 1941, the introduction of a liquid coolant was initiated to boost W.1’s thrust. It was also the first fluid tried being liquid ammonia, which proved to be effective; this leads to the engine over-speeding and pushing the thrust and rpm indicators off the scales before later trials changed to using water, and water-methanol.

The company merged with the Turbine Division of the Royal Aircraft Establishment (RAE) at Farnborough right after the Second World War, to form the National Gas Turbine Establishment (NGTE Pyestock).

The following are products of Power Jets:

  • Power Jets WU
  • Power Jets W.1
  • Power Jets WR.1
  • Power Jets W.1X
  • Power Jets W.2
  • Power Jets W.2B
  • Power Jets W.2/500
  • Power Jets W.2/700
  • Power Jets W.3X
  • 250-500 shp turboprops taken up by Coventry Climax as the C.P.35


During its prime, no doubt, Power Jets produced superior engines. Just like the engines that power Charter Flight Group’s fleet of luxury private jets. CFG has anextensive fleet of luxury private jets that you can choose from. If you want a more comfortable, memorable and convenient experience when travelling, renting a luxury private jet would certainly be the best decision. Be free from anxiety when travelling, experience the highest degree of air safety, feel free to choose your pilot, staff and cabin crew, experience the excellent catering services and facilities, and above all, you can choose when to fly.


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