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Jet (Paperback)

The Engine the Changed the World

Aviation > Aircraft

By Graham Hoyland
Imprint: Key Publishing
Pages: 288
Illustrations: 40
ISBN: 9781802826784
Published: 7th December 2023



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The invention of the jet engine had a profound effect on the world. Commercial jet aircraft revolutionised travel, opening up every corner of the planet. Few know that the jet engine was invented by an Englishman in 1929. The invention was a masterstroke of genius by 21-year-old Frank Whittle, replacing the piston engine’s thousands of reciprocating parts with one part: a single smoothly revolving turbine. Although the world’s first jet airliner was the British de Havilland Comet, Britain then gave away the technology – not only to the United States but to the Soviet Union as well. The Jet Set, the air hostess and the package holiday all followed. The dream of cheap, exotic travel had been realised. Yet, just like the impact of the internet, there were downsides to the world-reaching power of this phenomenon. Jet tells the story of this brilliant new technology, how it shrank the world and how it changed life forever.

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About Graham Hoyland

Graham Hoyland is a best-selling author, mountaineer, sailor and producer and director of adventure films. He has worked on all seven continents for the BBC, Channel 4, Discovery, the Travel Channel and NBC, from the shores of Antarctica to the peaks of the Himalayas. His aviation works include Merlin: The Power Behind the Spitfire, Mosquito and Lancaster and now Jet: The Engine that Changed the World.

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