The first flight of a British jet aircraft, from RAF Cranwell, 75 years ago, was celebrated in deafening style at Metheringham Airfield.
Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre teamed up with the Jet Provost Group and Metheringham Airfield Visitor Centre for a weekend of jets, talks and fun for all the family.
On May 15, 1941 RAF Cranwell saw the first flight of the Gloster E28/39, proving the principle of jet propulsion for aircraft and leading to the first generation of jet fighters. It was created by famous Cranwellian, Sir Frank Whittle.
There were well attended talks at Metheringham by Sir Frank’s son, Ian, and by Nigel Macknight, the world water speed record challenger.
The engines were fired up on a restored Jet Provost at Metheringham and a jet powered car. There was also a display at the RAF Cranwell Heritage and Ethos Centre.
Almost 300 visitors attended Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre’s exhibition about Sir Frank Whittle.
Heritage assistant Angela Riley said: “Celebrating this anniversary was particularly important to us and I personally think Frank Whittle is one of the most important individuals in modern aviation - if he hadn’t thought about introducing the jet engine everyone wouldn’t be going on holiday around the world.”