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12 October 2005
Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996)
Sir Frank Whittle (1907-1996) known as the inventor of the jet engine who gained a BA with first class honours in the Mechanical Sciences Tripos here in the Department in 1936, is featured in a documentary entitled 'Whittle – the Jet Pioneer'
The core of this 'fascinating documentary' (Radio Times) is an exclusive interview with Sir Frank Whittle filmed with Quanta films in 1986. It also contains contributions from his son Ian Whittle, veteran test pilot Captain Eric Brown RN and Hans von Ohain, who designed Germany's first jet engine.
'Whittle - the Jet Pioneer' premieres on the History Channel on October 13th. A feature-length version with extras will soon be available on DVD from Quanta. A clip of the documentary can be viewed on the History Channel website.
'Whittle: The Jet Pioneer'
Thu October 13th at 9:00pm
Fri October 14th at 2:00pm
Sun October 16th at 11:00am
The Department of Engineering Whittle Laboratory webpages http://www-g.eng.cam.ac.uk/whittle/
Further information about Sir Frank Whittle can be found on the Department of Engineering '125 years of Engineering Excellence' website.
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