Whittle: the jet pioneer

Whittle: the jet pioneer

Original title: Whittle: the jet pioneer
Production: Quanta Films
Country: United Kingdom
Director: Nicholas Jones
Script: Nicholas Jones
Music: David Stoll
Year: 2007
Duration: 70
Genre: Historic documentary
Color: Color
Original language: English
Languages available: English


Whittle, The Jet Pioneer reveals titanic struggle of a young aviator and engineer as the Nazis took Europe into total war. It was a race for air superiority between Germany and the Allies. Ultimately the young inventor became one of the most influential Britons of the 20th century with an invention that changed the face of our planet.

Sir Frank Whittle’s invention of the jet engine is an inspiring story with near tragic elements along the way. It starts in England and ends in the United States. Unknowingly, Sir Frank Whittle made our planet smaller, impacting the development of a now global economy. His story also had its challenges.

With Sir Frank Whittle telling his own story, the film includes exclusive interviews with veteran test pilot Captain Eric Brown and the German jet pioneer Hans von Ohain. Their accounts are mixed with fantastic wartime color archive of Sir Frank Whittle’s first jet planes and more. It is a powerfully told story with a dramatic result.

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