Welcome to the Frank Whittle Website

This aim of this site is to provide a comprehensive overview of the life and achievements of Frank Whittle, inventor of the jet engine.

A brief biography describes his remarkable life and, together with the other sections, places this in the context in which the jet engine came to be invented and the obstacles – technical, financial and political – that he had to overcome.

The unique Timeline, in particular, graphically shows Whittle’s progress against this lack of resources and official indifference and also how the search for a more powerful method of aircraft propulsion was also being pursued in a number of other countries.