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On 12 April 1937 Frank Whittle started the world's first turbojet aircraft engine, developed from his original ideas and produced by a company known as Power Jets Ltd. In March of the following year the Air Ministry issued a contract for a single engine and subsequently awarded Gloster a contract to produce the necessary airframe and further develop the aircraft under the specification E.28/39. Although the contract was seen as representing the operational requirements of a high-altitude interceptor, this aspect was not stressed, the main concern being to give special attention to the many new features associated with the installation of the turbojet engine.