The Secret History of Fighter Aircraft Engine Development in WW2

Thursday 9 July 2020, 18:00 BST

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The development of the piston-aero engines were the dominant mechanism determining fighter aircraft performance from 1939-1945. This lecture focuses on key technical and organisational differences between the German and British efforts which had key impacts on both the airframe aerodynamic design and engine characteristics of both aircraft.  The speaker presents a guided tour through the key difficulties experienced by German and British aviation engineers - using access to unique archival material, including the personal papers of Professor Willy Messerschmitt, and Ernest Hives, Technical Director at Rolls-Royce.


Calum Douglas
Powertrain Design Engineer and Historian

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