This month, the Department’s Turbomachinery Research Group hosted a ‘flying’ visit from Ian Whittle (former Boeing 747 Captain and son of Sir Frank Whittle).

Ian is shown here in the Southwell Building laboratory in front of a Rolls-Royce Olympus engine with Professor Andrew Neely (pictured right), who was a Research Fellow at Oxford University and now works for the University of New South Wales in Canberra, Australia, and Professor Peter Ireland, Head of the Department’s Turbomachinery Group (seen here on the left).

Ian Whittle flew many aircraft during his career including fast jets for the RAF and a range of commercial airliners including Comets, Tri-stars and Boeing 747s. Ian commented that he was very impressed by the jet engine research facilities at Oxford.  His father (of course) is acknowledged as being the inventor of the jet engine!