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Aircraft Engineering THE MONTHLY SCIENTIFIC AND TECHNICAL ORGAN OF THE AERONAUTICAL ENGINEERING PROFESSION VOL XVIII No 204 FEBRUARY 1946 statement which appears to indicate that the Company is itself to be dissolved and what is described as 'the national gas turbine E have on occasion, in the past, drawn attention to the establishment' is in future to be run as a Government research and value and importance of the closest possible co-operation be ween all concerned in the producing of aeroplanes— development establishment. It is to be supposed that it is this policy research workers and designers, designers and production engineers, with which he disagrees. He is still, so far as we know, a serving officer in the Royal Air Force and is no longer, presumably, to be designers and maintenance engineers and so on. seconded for this special work on which he has been engaged for There could be no more striking exemplification of the truth of this so many years with such magnificent results. The position is strangely aphorism than that given in DR. ROXBEE COX'S absorbing account Gilbertian and, without entering into the political aspect of the of the British development of jet engines given in his WRIGHT matter, we cannot help wondering why it should have been thought BROTHERS LECTURE, the publication of which we conclude in this necessary to make this change in an organization which had seemed issue. It is a truly heartening story of achievement brought about to work so well—since, in any case, the Government was already the and made possible only by team work of the highest order in which sole shareholder in the Company and, therefore, possessed of full Government research workers and officials and various firms and power to dictate the policy. individuals came together so that each might make their special contribution of expert knowledge for the common weal. The Faith That Is In Us A Happily Chosen Title We refuse to believe that AI R COMMODORE WHITTLE can be allowed This joint effort is happily epitomized in the sub-heading in the to be divorced from this subject which is for ever indissolubly asso paper, 'The Gentle Art of Collaboration', and we feel that it was ciated with his name. He possessed in the highest degree that belief something of a stroke of genius that led DR . ROXBEE Cox to name amounting to faith without which no great forward move in science his committee The Gas Turbine Collaboration Committee. This well- and engineering has ever been attained. Jet propulsion had been the chosen title must of itself, we feel, have been of immense help in dream of inventors for, literally, centuries, and the bravest had providing the members with the right atmosphere for their joint become daunted at the thought of finding a solution. It is good to work at the start of their meetings. The manner in which individual know that that faith which has always bound together workers in firms sank their rivalries and put their experience into the common the field of aeronautics—as SIR FREDERICK HANDLEY PAGE SO stock in order to produce results in the shortest possible time was movingly recalled at the recent anniversary dinner of the ROYAL most admirable. We hope that these 'working parties' will never be AERONAUTICAL SOCIETY—has not ceased to inspire the enthusiast. disbanded and that the mutual alliances thus brought into being in wartime will be continued and strengthened in the peaceful era on German Aeronautical Developments which we all pray we are entering. We are delighted that, at the instance we Understand of MR . Later on, a similar liaison was effected with those in the United WILMOT, the MINISTER OF AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION, himself, many of States who had been introduced to the mysteries of the new develop the German aeroplanes, equipment and instruments that were ment from this side of the Atlantic when the Liberator made its shown at Farnborough have been brought to London and have been surely, in the truest sense, historic flight, carrying a team of experts on public exhibition since the fourteenth of this month at the to America on October 1-2, 1941. Lately, national rivalry has Science Museum, South Kensington; where they are to remain for grown up again and we would like to warn some of our friends on the three months. As readers will remember, this is a course which we other side that the cordial relations which had developed will soon have advocated several times—most recently in December last. At be dissipated if the policy is persisted in of ignoring essential British the time of writing we have not had an opportunity of visiting the contributions introduced, by permission, into certain new jet- exhibition, but a study of the catalogue shows that the principal propelled aeroplanes, as well as the making of extravagant claims of items are available and—admirable feature—include several of the performance which every informed person knows cannot be sub latest types of complete aeroplanes, both operational and experi stantiated. mental, in sectioned and 'exploded' form. This display should, therefore, be most instructive, and we hope that none of our readers A Regrettable Step will fail to pay it not merely one but several visits; for each fresh It is a sad commentary on this fine story that it seems that the inspection will be found to reveal new details of interest. nucleus, Power Jets (Research and Development) Ltd., on which British effort has recently been centred seems to be, to some extent, Two British jet engines are incorporated for comparison, and we breaking up. It was announced early this month that AIR COMMODORE have heard the view expressed that more should have been put WHITTLE had, on account of disagreement with policy, resigned his with them as, otherwise, an undesirable prominence is given to position as a Director of the Company—which seems somewhat enemy development as compared with our own. We do not share like staging the tragedy of Elsinore without Hamlet. When the this view, as we take it that the exhibition is definitely intended MINISTRY OF AIRCRAFT PRODUCTION in 1941 purchased the assets to be educative and for that reason it is desirable to cover as much and undertaking of Power Jets Ltd. AI R COMMODORE WHITTLE made ground as possible in the, at present, limited space available. At what many thought was a quixotic gesture and handed over his any rate, it is unquestionably a move in the right direction to show shares in what was after all largely his Company without return, the display where it can be visited without all the irritating formalities and it is indeed disquieting that he should now have severed his and restrictions that were inevitably associated with its previous connexion with it. Concurrently with this announcement came a location.
Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology – Emerald Publishing
Published: Feb 1, 1946
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