Early British Jets

Producer: Elvis Deane Duration: 24:00 minutes

May 1941: Britain's very first jet powered aircraft, the Gloster E.28/39 makes its maiden flight. It was brief seventeen minute exercise but it was a major technological accomplishment.

In the ten years that followed, British designers and engineers struggled to harness the power of this new awesome propulsion system. Aircraft like the Gloster Meteor, De Havilland Vampire, Saunders Roe’s Saro SR.A/1, Supermarine Attacker and Hawker Sea Hawk were the end result. Test pilots risked their lives to tame early these turbojets. It was a gamble they were eager to take, not only for Britain, but for the ride of a lifetime.

tags: gloster, e.28/39, de havilland, vampire, saunders roe, jet, raf, britain