Whittle W.1X Turbojet Engine

The Whittle W1X was one of two similar engines, W1X and W1, designed by Sir Frank Whittle and developed by Power Jets, Ltd., in the United Kingdom, during the period 1939-1941. The experimental W1X powered the British Gloster E.28/39 aircraft for taxiing trials in April 1941. During these tests, the aircraft made short, straight hops, causing the W1X to become unofficially the first British turbojet to be airborne. The Gloster E. 28/39 is portrayed in the Keith Ferris mural in the gallery.

Gift of Power Jets, Ltd.

Physical Description:
Type: Turbojet
Thrust: 5,516 N (1,240 lb) at 17,750 rpm, 3,781 N (850 lb) at 16,500 rpm (Derated for first flight)
Compressor: Single-stage, double entry, centrifugal
Combustor: 10 reverse flow chambers
Turbine: Single- stage axial
Weight: 254 kg (560 lb)

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Manufacturer
Power Jets, Ltd. (London, England)
Designer
Sir Frank Whittle

Date
1941

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

Type
PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet)

Materials
metal
Dimensions
From GE I-A : Diameter 105 cm (41.2 in.), Length 178 cm (70 in.)

The Whittle W1X was one of two similar engines, W1X and W1, designed by Sir Frank Whittle and developed by Power Jets, Ltd., in the United Kingdom, during the period 1939-1941. The experimental W1X powered the British Gloster E.28/39 aircraft for taxiing trials in April 1941. During these tests, the aircraft made short, straight hops, causing the W1X to become unofficially the first British turbojet to be airborne. The Gloster E. 28/39 is portrayed in the Keith Ferris mural in the gallery.

Gift of Power Jets, Ltd.

Physical Description:
Type: Turbojet
Thrust: 5,516 N (1,240 lb) at 17,750 rpm, 3,781 N (850 lb) at 16,500 rpm (Derated for first flight)
Compressor: Single-stage, double entry, centrifugal
Combustor: 10 reverse flow chambers
Turbine: Single- stage axial
Weight: 254 kg (560 lb)

Country of Origin
United Kingdom

Manufacturer
Power Jets, Ltd. (London, England)
Designer
Sir Frank Whittle

Date
1941

Location
Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center, Chantilly, VA
Hangar
Mary Baker Engen Restoration Hangar

Type
PROPULSION-Turbines (Jet)

Materials
metal
Dimensions
From GE I-A : Diameter 105 cm (41.2 in.), Length 178 cm (70 in.)

ID: A19500082000