Asteroid 44217, Whittle, was discovered on August 12, 1998 by John Broughton at Reedy Creek Observatory in Reedy Creek, Queensland, Australia. It has a period of 4 years, 52 days.

It was named for British aeronautical engineer and pilot Frank Whittle (1907-1996), inventor of the turbo-jet engine.

Frank Whittle

Asteroid Whittle's meaning seems to be what the name might suggest: to whittle, to cut down to size.

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