The Secret History of Fighter Aircraft Engine Development

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Technical lecture
09 July 2020 19:00 - 20:00
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The development of piston-aero engines were the dominant mechanism in determining fighter aircraft performance from 1939-1945.

This lecture focuses on key technical and organizational 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.

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This lecture has been arranged and will be hosted by the IMechE Germany Group (in conjunction with the IMechE events team).



Calum Douglas BEng MSc: Powertrain Design Engineer, Historian


United Kingdom

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