Iconic Lutterworth jet engine to get makeover

Published Wednesday 31 August 2022

The iconic jet engine in Lutterworth, commemorating Sir Frank Whittle, is set to get a makeover.

Whittle roundabout by Bob Howes

The Gloster E.28/39 aircraft, situated on the A4303/A426 roundabout at the entrance to Lutterworth, is to be repainted from Monday 5 September 2022 from 8am.

Harborough District Council has arranged for the essential maintenance work to be carried out to the structure (pictured); this will include cleaning and redecoration and is likely to take up to three weeks.

There should be no disruption to traffic using the roundabout during the works.

Sir Frank Whittle was an aeronautical engineer, credited with inventing the turbojet engine in 1936. His works and test site were based at Ladywood Works in Lutterworth.

Cllr Phil King, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “The Whittle jet is part of the identity of Lutterworth, and the wider district, and this important maintenance will help preserve and enhance this popular and iconic landmark.”

Photo by Bob Howes.