SIR STANLEY HOOKER.
Sir Stanley Hooker was born at Sheerness Kent on 30th September 1907and attended The Borden Grammar School in 1919. At the end of the 4th year in June 1923 he sat the Matriculation Examination and to the immense surprise of the masters, boys and himself did so well that the school was granted a half-days holiday in celebration, In 1926 he won a scholarship to Imperial College London and was awarded a free place. He returned a few times at the request of the Headmaster to present the prizes at Borden Grammar School Prize Giving Days and many of the old boys still remember him.
He would drive down from the university or from his workplace in his little three wheeler car to visit his sister who was Mrs. Bishop , she lived at No. 6 Jefferson Road Sheerness where she had a Hairdressing business which she later moved to Marine Parade Sheerness as many people will remember .Her husband was a sergeant in the R.A.F Bomb Disposal who was sadly killed, and they had a very attractive daughter whose name was Jeanette. She was one of the first T.V. Hostesses and a proper lady who later married into that very wealthy family, Rothchild , who later divorced her but she left his name on her passport . It was reported that on holiday with a friend she was robbed and murdered , they thinking perhaps that she was very rich , this was reported in our local paper and in the National Press , I believe their bodies were found later and it appeared that they had lost their way and died of hunger etc.
In December 1929 he suffered a broken leg playing football and was two months in plaster, then in March 1930 on Good Friday he had a motor cycling accident and broke his leg again plus his right arm. This time he was taken to Faversham Cottage Hospital. The total staff at the hospital was three probationary nurses a day and a night sister and a very severe matron.
After a sad break with Rolls Royce Hooker joined the Bristol Aeroplane Company in 1949 .Here he tugged a rather reluctant company into the jet age, determined to give real competition to Rolls Royce and so successful was he that in 1966 Rolls Royce decided that the best thing to do was to spend £63.6 million and buy its rival.
By this time there was
scarcely a single modern British aero engine for which
When Hooker was first put in charge of the Superchargers he asked his number two if he could see a supercharger. Which supercharger ? I have half a dozen over there that Im building
Hooker then replied Any one will do , because I have not seen one before
The Americans took
their usual line on testing engines and decided to build a special test bed at
Wright field in
Hooker saw the first Meteor being handed over to an operational squadron .The young fighter-pilot flew in on a Spitfire ,was led over to the cockpit of the Meteor and briefed for a few minutes ,whereupon he climbed into this enormous new twin engine aircraft with a radically new type of engine , and took off to the war !!
His greatest contribution to the nation was possibly his work as a supersonic airflow expert , analysing superchargers ,thereby giving them improved and more predictable performance an increase of speed of 5 MPH . This resulted in the Merlin engine keeping ahead of the Germans , with inestimable benefit to the RAF fighters throughout the war
He also worked with
He was on the first flight of Concorde to Bahrein
He was involved in the first Vertical Takeoff machine ( nothing comes down faster than an upside down vertical take off machine !! )
He was the first Honorary Professor at the Peking Aeronautical
Etc., Etc,. Etc.
He married in 1937 to Kate Maria Garth which ended in divorce after the war
Mainly taken from Not much of an Engineer
The book records how
This is a love
story between aircraft and two people
Researched by Colin Penney a distant relation.