Engine of innovation: the Royal Aircraft Establishment, state design and the coming of the gas turbine aero-engine in Britain

Hermione Giffard (Corresponding author)

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Abstract

By the end of the Second World War, thanks to government encouragement and support, Britain’s aero-engine manufacturers had a series of world-beating axial jet engines. By tracing institutional changes, this paper will show how the Royal Aircraft Establishment’s remit expanded during the second world war to include state design of components of aero-engines for the first time. Overlooking the contributions of civil servants to innovation has made us blind to the many ways in which the British state supported and shaped new technologies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)165-178
Number of pages14
JournalContemporary British History
Volume34
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 Apr 2020

Keywords

  • Innovation
  • Royal Aircraft Establishment
  • Second World War
  • gas turbine
  • state design

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