OT...sorry.Tommy Cookers wrote: Whittle complained about all the 'wonder' piston engines whose optimistic projections undermined the position of his work
One aspect of the RR Crecy not normally noted was the noise levels it produced.
Anecdotally... when they ran the engine in Derby ...it could be heard in Nottigham 15Miles away...often triggering their anti aircraft defences. Any pilots would have been deafened by it,very much worse than the Sabre pilots were.
I hate the usual Whitworth "everbody in the Ministry Hates him and held him back" story that is usually pedalled by the TV Media.
The real argument between Whitworth and the Ministry (by that I mean A.A. Griffith) was the fact that Griffith saw the future as axial flow and Whitworth was using developing a radial.
A.A. Griffith went on to work for Metropolitan Vickers to develop the axial engine...which even in the war years was well ahead of Whitworths...and Griffiths axial engine has a lineage all the way to the Olympus engines used in Concorde.
Whitworths radial engine was obsolete and history by 1955 when the Nene was cancelled.
The real A.A. Griffith Vs Whitworth story is fascinating when you delve into it.