This tribute to Sir Frank Whittle, made on the 25th anniversary of the first flight of the Gloster Whittle E28/39 on April 15th 1941, traces his career and the development of the jet engine using filmed interviews with him, his former colleagues and others, authentic film and reconstruction.
Frank Whittle's place in aviation history assured; the Whittle engine, first flight of the E28/39 recalled and explained by Lance Whyte, W E P Johnson, Michael Daunt and others. "Where it all began": Cranwell 1925, the original thesis; stunt flier and test pilot in the thirties. Power Jets Company formed with J C B Tinling, R D Williams and Lance Whyte; lack of official support until 1940. Development work in Lutterworth; German jets; Bruno Bruckman; Bell Airacomet, Whittle's recent visit to General Electric and Lutterworth. The break up of the company after his resignation in 1946. National Gas Turbine Establishment tests Concorde engines. Whittle's recent invention turbo rock-drill. His quality of single mindedness.