|BC304||World of Invention: Britain's First Jet Propelled Aeroplane, unsigned||£35.00||Buy Now|
|BC304S2||World of Invention, signed John Wilson & Yvonne Pope Sintes||£40.00||Limited Availability|
|BC304S||World of Invention: Britain's First Jet Propelled Aeroplane, signed John Wilson||£45.00||Buy Now|
Issue Date: 01/03/2007
Issue Name: World of Invention: Britain's First Jet Propelled Aeroplane
Producer: Buckingham Covers
This superb limited edition cover features all 6 World of Invention stamps, issued in 2007, along with our Cranwell, Sleaford postmark. It features a stunning painting by famous aviation artist, John Young, who painted the scene at Cranwell, Lincolnshire on the 15th May 1941, when the first Jet Engine took flight, and is available signed by Comet test pilot John Wilson, or double signed by John Wilson and the first women jet airline captain in Britain, Yvonne Pope Sintes.
Sir Frank Whitle' Jet Engine
Frank Whittle first thought of the idea of a jet engine whilst he was still an aeronautical student in 1928. Nine years later he had a working model and, with the need for fast aircraft at the peak of WW2, the RAF took it p. The first British jet aircraft was the Gloster E.28/39 which flew in 1941. Meanwhile some engineers in Germany had independently come to he same idea and managed to beat the English in the race to build the first jet aircraft. Theirs flew in 1939. These jet engines were used mainly in fighter planes, giving them a tremendous speed advantage.
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John Wilson was a De Havilland Comet test pilot, who also flew much of the development programme for the DH110.
Yvonne Pope Sintes is a retired British aviator of South African origin. She was the first female air traffic controller at Gatwick airport and later became Britain's first female commercial airline captain.