Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine)

Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive. Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive. Cockpit of Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). Black and white photograph, taken in 1998, from the the Science Cockpit of Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). Black and white photograph, taken in 1998, from the the Science Selection of aircrafts at the London Science Museum.

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Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). From a colour transparency in the Science Museum Photographic Archive.
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cockpit of Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). Black and white photograph, taken in 1998, from the the Science
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Cockpit of Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine). Black and white photograph, taken in 1998, from the the Science
Science Museum Group Collection
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum

Selection of aircrafts at the London Science Museum.
Science Museum Group
© The Board of Trustees of the Science Museum, London.

Gloster Aircraft, E28/39, (without engine)

The E28/39 was the first Allied jet aircraft and it had its first official flight on 15 May 1941. The airframe was built by Gloster Aircraft Company and proved the turbojet concept which had been under development by Frank Whittle and his company since 1936. The E28/39 was surprisingly successful considering the novelty of the technology it used, and was the first real proof that jet propulsion was a viable alternative for the propeller.

Details

Category:
Aeronautics
Object Number:
1946-110/1
Measurements:
estimate: 2228 kg
credit:
Ministry of Supply (Air 2(c))