Jet Pioneer Tells His Story on Film; CENTENARY: New Video Includes an Interview with Sir Frank Whittle

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Byline: By Marc Meneaud

A DOCUMENTARY film telling the story of Sir Frank Whittle - inventor of the jet engine - has been released to mark the centenary of his birth.

One of Warwickshire's most famous sons, Sir Frank tells his own history in one of the last recorded interviews before his death.

The footage covers the first nine years of his life growing up in Newcombe Road, Earlsdon, Coventry, and his early school years in Leamington before his family moved to Bilton Road, Rugby.

It also includes film of his son, retired pilot Ian Whittle, aged 71, retired Royal Navy captain Eric Brown, a friend of Whittle's and one of the world's most famous test pilots.

Whittle's contemporary, Hans von Ohain, the German wrongly credited with jointly inventing the jet engine, also appears in the video, Whittle - The Jet Pioneer.

Documentary-maker Nicholas Jones, said he had been fascinated with the Warwickshire hero ever since he had read about Whittle's inventions when he was young.

He said: "What we wanted to do was make a film that was available to anyone. The core of the film is Frank Whittle telling his own story and that is what makes it so special.

"There are no presenters, we have actually got the man himself speaking about his life from his birth in Coventry and his life in Warwickshire all the way through to him speculating about how to replace Concorde. …