New Frank Whittle film has a starring role for Rugby

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A NOSTALGIC film telling the tale of Sir Frank Whittle has been re-released to coincide with the 70th anniversary of his pioneering flight in America.

Whittle - the Jet Pioneer, made by Nicolas Jones, combines footage filmed in Rugby with archive film from the era when Sir Frank was working on his greatest creation.

It was made for the History Channel and also features interviews with Sir Frank and his son, Ian Whittle, test pilot Eric Brown, and the man who later designed Germany’s first jet engine, Hans von Ohain.

Mr Jones, the film’s producer, said: “To mark this anniversary - and to remember Sir Frank - I have just re-released a DVD of my film Whittle - The Jet Pioneer.

“We filmed for this at Rugby, so the documentary has shots of the lovely old BTH plus plenty of nearby railway activity too.

“I knew Sir Frank in his later years and know his family well.

“His son Ian, a 747 pilot, has fond memories of Rugby.”

The 70th anniversary of the flight is next Tuesday (October 2).

Mr Jones added: “The 1942 flight only happened because we gave his jet engine to the USA in the war for free.

“And he got nothing in return.”

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