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Not much of an Engineer

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An Autobiography

Within a few months of joining Rolls-Royce, Stanley Hooker, who had never before seen an aero engine, had added 30 per cent more power to the legendary Merlin engine. This was the start of a meteoric career, which in the middle of World War 2, saw the mature Hooker put in charge of turning the embryonic Whittle turbojet into a production engine for the war. In an amazing 20 months the thrust of Hooker's jets jumped from 1,800 lb to 5,000 lb.

After an emotional break with Rolls-Royce, Hooker joined the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1949. Here he tugged a rather reluctant company into the jet age, determined to give real competition to Rolls-Royce. So successful was he that in 1966 Rolls-Royce decided the best thing to do was to spend £63.6 million and buy its rival.

By this time there was scarcely a single modern British aero engine for which Hooker had not been responsible. By 1966 his main concerns were the propulsion of the Concorde and the Harrier, but there were new men in charge at Derby and Hooker decided to retire on his 60th birthday, in 1967.

Little did he think that within four years the mighty firm would plunge into bankruptcy! So important was Rolls that the Government was immediately involved and it invited Hooker to go to Derby and mastermind the great RB211 programme - the engine that had broken the firm. To say that the result earned him a knighthood is to overlook the action-packed career that came previously.

There is a little sunning and slight signs of shelf wear to the dust jacket. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.

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Author(s):
Hooker, Sir Stanley
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First, 1984
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
255
Publisher:
Airlife
Title:
Not much of an Engineer

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An Autobiography

Within a few months of joining Rolls-Royce, Stanley Hooker, who had never before seen an aero engine, had added 30 per cent more power to the legendary Merlin engine. This was the start of a meteoric career, which in the middle of World War 2, saw the mature Hooker put in charge of turning the embryonic Whittle turbojet into a production engine for the war. In an amazing 20 months the thrust of Hooker's jets jumped from 1,800 lb to 5,000 lb.

After an emotional break with Rolls-Royce, Hooker joined the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1949. Here he tugged a rather reluctant company into the jet age, determined to give real competition to Rolls-Royce. So successful was he that in 1966 Rolls-Royce decided the best thing to do was to spend £63.6 million and buy its rival.

By this time there was scarcely a single modern British aero engine for which Hooker had not been responsible. By 1966 his main concerns were the propulsion of the Concorde and the Harrier, but there were new men in charge at Derby and Hooker decided to retire on his 60th birthday, in 1967.

Little did he think that within four years the mighty firm would plunge into bankruptcy! So important was Rolls that the Government was immediately involved and it invited Hooker to go to Derby and mastermind the great RB211 programme - the engine that had broken the firm. To say that the result earned him a knighthood is to overlook the action-packed career that came previously.

There is a little sunning and slight signs of shelf wear to the dust jacket. Internally, the pages are clean and the binding is tight.

Author(s):
Hooker, Sir Stanley
Condition:
Used: very good
Edition:
First, 1984
Format:
Hardback
Number of pages:
255
Publisher:
Airlife
Title:
Not much of an Engineer

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