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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.