Jet Engine

  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman


The turbo-jet engine combines the principle of jet propulsion and the gas turbine. These ideas are quite old; as early as a.d. 150 Hero suggested the use of a jet of steam for propulsion, and the first patent on a gas turbine was granted to an Englishman, John Barber, in 1791. Many attempts were later made to produce an efficient gas turbine, particularly in the first quarter of this century, but it was not until the 1930’s that these ideas were combined into a practical aircraft engine. One man in England and several in Germany conceived, more or less simultaneously, the idea of a propulsive jet provided by a gas turbine. The history of the invention of the English turbo-jet will be described first.


Turbine Blade Aircraft Engine Centrifugal Compressor Protamine Insulin Conventional Engine 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Whittle, Sir Frank, Jet, The Story of a Pioneer (1953).Google Scholar
  2. 2.
    Schlaifer, Robert, The Development of Aircraft Engines (1950).Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Heinkel, Ernst, He 1000 (1956).Google Scholar

Copyright information

© John Jewkes, David Sawers and Richard Stillerman 1969

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Jewkes
  • David Sawers
  • Richard Stillerman

There are no affiliations available

Personalised recommendations