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The jet race and the Second World War

Author: Sterling Michael Pavelec
Publisher: Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007.
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"The Germans led the jet race throughout the war and were the first to produce jet aircraft for combat operations. In England, the doggedly determined Frank Whittle also developed a turbojet engine, but without the support enjoyed by his German counterpart. The British came second in the jet race when Whittle's engine powered the Gloster Pioneer on May 15, 1941. The Whittle-Gloster relationship continued and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
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Pavelec, Sterling Michael.
Jet race and the Second World War.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007
(OCoLC)608417445
Online version:
Pavelec, Sterling Michael.
Jet race and the Second World War.
Westport, Conn. : Praeger Security International, 2007
(OCoLC)609186410
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Sterling Michael Pavelec
ISBN: 0275993558 9780275993559
OCLC Number: 74966612
Description: x, 227 pages, [9] pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction : the state of aeronautical engineering and aircraft technology in the world, 1919-1939 --
1. The birth of the German jet program --
2. Frank Whittle and the "squirt" --
3. The jet comes to America --
4. Jets at war : the operational record of the German jets --
5. Britain catches up --
6. The Americans take the lead --
7. Into the cold --
App. A. The choice between piston and turbojet engines --
App. B. Centrifugal-flow versus axial-flow turbojets --
App. C. Call signs and official designation of the early jet aircraft --
App. D. Biographies --
App. E. Turbojet aircraft specifications requested by the Reichsluftfahrtministerium.
Responsibility: Sterling Michael Pavelec.
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Tells how, despite lagging behind the Germans in the 'jet race' throughout the war, the Allies rose to technological prominence on the ashes of the German defeat. This book analyses the development  Read more...

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"[C]omplements the definitive history of the technology, The Origins of the Turbojet Revolution, by Edward Constant II (CH, Jun'81). Pavelec adds the history of the German, British, and American Read more...

 
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