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Rolf Dudley-Williams

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Sir Rolf Dudley Dudley-Williams (1908-1987) born Rolf Dudley Williams, was a British aeronautical engineer and Conservative Party politician

1908 June 17th. Born in Plymouth and educated at Plymouth College.

Joined the Royal Air Force cadet scheme in 1926 and studied at the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell.

Gazetted in 1928 and appointed a Flying Officer in 1930. From 1933 he was stationed at the Central Flying School, but the next year an injury saw him invalided out of the service.

Joined with fellow Cranwell pupil Frank Whittle and fellow ex-RAF officer James Collingwood Tinling to set up Power Jets in 1936 to develop Whittle's idea of jet engines for aircraft.

1941 Appointed Managing Director

1944 Joined the Council of the Society of British Aircraft Constructors and was made a Companion of the Royal Aeronautical Society.

1987 October 8th. Died

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