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Jet pioneer's home for sale

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 15, 2014

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The "retirement" home of West Country jet engine inventor Sir Frank Whittle is on the market for £1.45 million. The inventor moved to the five-bedroom Dartmoor house in 1962 after a life devoted to the development of aircraft.

He first flirted with jet propulsion for planes as early as 1928. However, the idea was thought to have practical difficulties that were too great to be overcome in the 1930s.

During the Second World War his ideas finally gained currency, with the first jet-powered flight at Brockworth, Gloucester, in April 1941, and he is now acknowledged as the father of the jet engine.

Whittle moved from Chagford, in Devon, at the age of 69 when his 46-year marriage was dissolved. He then headed for America where he married again and worked as a lecturer. He died 20 years later.

The Chagford house is on the market with estate agents Jackson Stops.

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