Gloster-Whittle E.28/39 jet aeroplane, 1941.
Britain's first successful jet aircraft, the Gloster E28/39 first flew on 15 May 1941 with test pilot Gerry Sayer at the controls. This experimental aircraft was built to test the new jet engine developed by Frank Whittle. The E28/39 led to the creation of the Gloster Meteor, the first British jet fighter to see active service, in July 1944. The actual engine used for the flight – the Power Jets W1 unit is shown nearby.
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