Volunteers at the Jet Age Museum begin a series of events commemorating the 100th anniversary of the Gloster Aircraft Company this weekend by unveiling a ‘Whittle and Wildflower’ walk around the former Brockworth airfield.

The four-mile route begins at The Whittle Inn at Gloucester Business Park and traces the perimeter of the historic airfield where the first British jet, the Gloster E28/39, powered by Sir Frank Whittle’s revolutionary invention, first left the ground 76 years ago on 8th April 1941. Sir Frank’s son, Ian Whittle, will join museum volunteers for the inaugural walk, which takes in the sights and sounds of Brockworth’s historic past.

Walkers will be able to spot the sculptures outside the pub, listen to the sounds of the former factory at the cones at Whittle Square and view the etched glass front of the Tesco store featuring the famous jet. The Business Park has a memorial plaque and garden and glimpses of the former runway are possible at various points on the route, which then takes in the Hucclecote wildflower meadow and the airfield defences gun emplacement at Nut Hill. Turning back through the new housing development of Coopers Edge with its aviation-related street names before passing the former flight sheds and control tower sites along Golf Club Lane to the former No.2 Factory, now home to Invista, where Hurricanes and Typhoons were built during the war.

Chair of museum trustees, David Hunt, devised the route and hopes that walkers will gain an insight into the areas rich aviation heritage. He said; “Despite the development of the former airfield in recent years, many reminders of its historic past exist. The walk is a tribute to tribute to the first, short flight of the Whittle-powered Gloster jet and we hope walkers will visit Jet Age Museum to learn more about this historic event.”

Leaflets detailing the walk route are available from the Jet Age Museum. The museum is an all-volunteer, registered charity located on the north side of Gloucestershire Airport at Meteor Business Park. It is open from 10-4pm on weekends, Bank Holidays and Wednesdays during school holidays. Admission is free, donations are welcomed.

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