|Sir Frank Whittle|
|A celebratory tour of Coventry|
- Our outing began at the common near our house. According to
legend, he witnessed a forced landing of a biplane on this very common
at the tender age of 9, where his cap was blown off.
Colin and Ant beside the monument
Ant atop the monument
- The next street along from our own, Frank Whittle was born here on
this very day 100 years ago at number 72. Exciting, isn't it?
Ant getting a closer look
Close-up of the plaque
|The Whittle Arches
- Nobody knows what they're for, but as large-scale sculptures go,
they're pretty cool. Their proximity to the Coventry Transport
Museum might lead unsuspecting Whittle fans to believe the museum would
contain some form of Whittle memorabilia. Don't be fooled; it's
all old cars and bikes.
The arches from a distance
The nearest thing to a jet engine in the Transport Museum
An unexpected plane cockpit discovered in the vicinity
|The Frank Whittle Statue
- When I first drew up my list of sites of interest to whittlers, this
statue didn't feature. This was mainly due to the fact that it
was only unveiled on the 1st June. Clearly we're not the only
ones mildly excited by the anniversary.
BBC reporting on the unveiling
|Coventry University Building
- Probably one of the more exciting moments of our adventure; two
Warwick students infiltrate enemy turf, and have the audacity to take
photographs of their academic buildings. Despite being
erroneously directed by a receptionist who presumably sussed out where
we were from, we got in and took more photos than you can shake a
(whittled) stick at.
A plaque from inside
An attempted lift of a (presumably priceless) Whittle poster