Salute to Man Who Invented the Jet Engine; REPLICA PLANE LOWERED ON TRAFFIC ISLAND AS TRIBUTE TO SIR FRANK WHITTLE

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Byline: LUCY WILSON

IT'S NOT every day a jet lands on a traffic island - but yesterday's final approach by this aircraft was altogether different.

The plane is in fact a full-scale replica of the E29/38 - the first aircraft to be powered by one of Frank Whittle's jet engines.

It was lowered into place by a crane in the middle of the traffic island in Lutterworth with all the care the famous pioneer put into his designs.

The model commemorates the work done by the Coventry-born engineer and his team in a disused foundry in Lutterworth from 1938 onwards to develop the ground- breaking technology.

Whittle's jet engine was tried out in a specially adapted E28/39 at Cranwell in May 1941.

The installation of the model at the junction of the A426 and the A4303 Lutterworth bypass follows several years' fund-raising and hard work by a group of enthusiasts.

They believed there wasn't enough local or national recognition of Frank Whittle's achievements and decided to do something about it. …