Aviation history cheat notes: ‘Teddy’ Petter
Who? English aircraft designer, William Edward Willoughby ‘Teddy’ Petter
Who would play him in a film? Charles Hawtrey with a fake nose or Phoebe Waller-Bridge
Born: Highgate, London
Famous for: Lysander, Gnat, Canberra
Estimated boxing weight class: Bantam
They should have listened to him:
He was an early proponent of Britain’s thwarted supersonic efforts.
He thought simple very light agile fighters were a good idea, the Gnat/Ajeet proved successful in India but was relegated to the trainer role in the UK.
The almost brilliant: Whirlwind.
Did he work on the Spitfire? Yes, he worked on the ‘Westland Elevator’ which produced a ‘remarkable’ improvement in longitudinal stability.
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In January 1960 Petter left the aircraft industry forever to become a holy man. He joined the religious commune of ‘Father Forget’ in Switzerland.
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