British jet engines without Rover


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How would the history of the development of British jet engines be different if Power Jets (and BTH) had been teamed up with one of the established aero engine companies rather than Rover?

John Golley's book 'Whittle, the true story' says there was a lot of friction between Power Jets people and Rover and Bill Gunstons books plus others say more or less the same thing.

Rolls had done over 400 hours testing in January 1943 compared to Rover's 24 hours in December 1942, though I suppose Rolls did have the advantage of a working engine straight away.

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