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Few people who contribute to Tripadvisor will realise what part the small English market town of Rugby has played in their ability to fly around the world. It was at the BTH works in Rugby during the late 1930's that Frank Whittle, recognised as the inventor of the jet engine, carried out the first successful tests on his invention which eventually resulted in the engines that power all modern jet aeroplanes. He worked on his designs in Brownsover Hall, now a country house hotel on the outskirts of the town.
It’s interesting to note how the jet engine has risen and fallen in favour during the intervening years; the local council protested vigorously a few years back to prevent a local area being developed as a major airport, they were not too keen on bringing the fruits of Sir Frank’s work back to Rugby’s doorstep..