Physics/History GCSE: The invention of the jet engine
Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of Frank Whittle.
After WW1 there was a large investment in aviation. Many car companies built engines but all, following the design of the Wright brothers, had propellers.
Frank Whittle was an RAF pilot and in 1930 patented the design for his jet engine. This has no propellers or pistons, but uses a turbine to generate more thrust and fly at higher altitudes.
In 1941 the first flight (of 17 minutes) with a jet engine heralded the beginning of the jet age.
This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.
This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of Whittle.
It could set the scene for a project on this or other famous historical scientists.
Students could stain their written work with tea bags to make it look as if it were written many years ago.
This clip will be relevant for teaching Physics and History. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.