- George Carter (engineer)
name =George Carter
caption =George Carter c. 1945
Wilfred George Carter was the chief designer at Glosters from 1937, was awarded the C.B.E. in 1947 and was appointed Technical Director of Gloster Aircraft in 1948 remaining on the board of directors until 1954. He continued to serve Glosters for a number of years after his retirement in a consultancy role until 1958.
Carter joined the Gloucestershire (later Gloster) Aircraft Company in 1925 previously having worked for Sopwith, Shorts and for Hawker where he was responsible for the Heron and Hornbill fighter aircraft. At Gloster Aircraft, he was instrumental in the design of two of the most significant biplane fighters for the RAF, the Gauntlet and Gladiator. Carter also designed the
Gloster F.9/37a promising twin-engine fighter design that never entered production, before he turned to work on jet aircraft.
It was during a visit by
Frank Whittleto Gloster that Carter became involved in the development of jet aircraft. At the time Gloster were working on a twin-boom fighter to be powered by a Napier Sabrepiston engine which attracted the attention of Whittle who thought that the layout would be suitable for his new engine. Although the design Whittle saw would not progress beyond the project stage, within a few weeks, Carter was asked by the Air Ministryto submit plans for a brand new aircraft to use Whittle's engine. He agreed to the project before seeing the engine for himself. While not impressed with the engine itself, when he saw it running he was convinced that it could develop into a suitable powerplant given what they had managed to achieve in the somewhat primitive conditions at Lutterworth.
Gloster E.28/39was designed primarily to prove the concept of turbojetpowered flight, the Air Ministry however insisted that the design include provision for four guns and 2,000 rounds of ammunition even if these were not fitted in the prototype. The contract to build the E.28/39 also known as the Pioneer was placed with Glosters on the 3 February 1940. The aircraft was built in secret at the Regents garage, Cheltenham and first flew on 8 April 1941 at Hucclecote, becoming the first British and Allied jet aircraft.
Even before the Pioneer flew, the Air Ministry encouraged Carter to design a practical jet fighter since the Pioneer was not suitable because it was unlikely that an engine of at least convert|2000|lbf|kN|abbr=on thrust would be available in the near future. Carter therefore decided that the design would require two engines. The result was designated the F.9/40 which first flew on 5 March 1943 and would find worldwide fame as the
Gloster Meteor. His later designs included the E.1/44 and Gloster Javelin.
Along with other pioneering aircraft designers, George Carter was honoured in 1997 with the issuance of a special
postage stampin a series called "The Architects of the Air." Other partnerships featured on the stamps were R. J. Mitchelland Supermarine's celebrated Spitfire on the 20p stamp, R.E. Bishop and the de Havillandcompany's Mosquito on a 37p stamp and Sydney Camm, designer of the Hawker Hunterfighter, featured on the 63p value.
Royal Mail's Stamp Advisory Committee, Adam Novak said: "Each one of the aircraft featured on the stamps was unique and revolutionary in its own way. The Architects of the Air were the trail blazers for today's modern aircraft designs [ [http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=40227 Stamp Designs Pay Tribute To Revolutionary British Aircraft ] ] ." George Carter's face dramatically forms the clouds overlooking a flight of a Meteor Mk T7 on the 1997 43p stamp.
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
George Carter (disambiguation) — George Carter may refer to:*George Carter, basketball player *George Carter (footballer born 1867) (1867 1945), Southampton footballer and coach *George Carter (footballer born 1900) (1900 1981), West Ham United footballer *George Carter… … Wikipedia
George McGovern — George S. McGovern United States Senator from South Dakota In office January 3, 1963 – January 3, 1981 Preceded by … Wikipedia
George Steeves — (b. ca. 1945) is a Canadian art photographer noted for his highly personal work. He has been called by art historian and curator Martha Langford, “among the foremost figures of contemporary Canadian photography.” [Martha Langford, Canadian Museum … Wikipedia
George Israel — George M. Israel, III (born 1949) is the current chairman and CEO of the Georgia Chamber of Commerce and is a former mayor of Macon, Georgia (1979 ndash;1987), the sixth largest city in the state. He is also on the board of directors of YKK Group … Wikipedia
George Armstrong Custer — Custer redirects here. For other uses, see Custer (disambiguation). George Armstrong Custer … Wikipedia
Carter L. Stevenson — Infobox Military Person name= Carter Littlepage Stevenson born= birth date|1817|9|21 died= death date and age|1888|8|15|1817|9|21 placeofburial= caption= nickname= placeofbirth= Fredericksburg, Virginia placeofdeath= Caroline County, Virginia… … Wikipedia
George and Martha — Infobox Television show name = George and Martha caption = format = Animated series camera = runtime = creator = James Marshall developer = executive producer = starring = Nathan Lane Andrea Martin Sean Cullen Robin Duke Kathryn Greenwood Greg… … Wikipedia
George Sewell — Infobox actor name = George Sewell imagesize = caption = birthname = birthdate = birth date|1924|8|31 birthplace = Hoxton, London deathdate = death date and age|2007|04|1|1924|8|31 deathplace = London, England othername = occupation = actor… … Wikipedia
Tha Carter IV — Studio album by Lil Wayne Released August 29, 2011 … Wikipedia
Jimmy Carter — Infobox President name = James Earl Carter Jr. order = 39th President of the United States term start = January 20, 1977 term end = January 20, 1981 predecessor = Gerald Ford successor = Ronald Reagan order2 = 89th Governor of Georgia term start2 … Wikipedia