Tuesday, September 15, 1998 Published at 11:23 GMT 12:23 UK
Last journey for jet pioneer Whittle
Sir Frank Whittle: Ashes flown by jet to his former college
The ashes of Sir Frank Whittle - the father of the jet engine - have been flown to their final resting place at the college where he trained as an RAF cadet.
The Meteor is powered by two Derwent engines based on Sir Frank's earliest design success.
It was accompanied by a Vampire T55 jet trainer aircraft flown by Sir Frank's son, Ian - an airline captain.
The RAF agreed to a request by Captain Whittle, who wanted the remains of his father, who died in 1996, interred at St Michael's Church at Cranwell.
The event coincided with the 80th anniversary of the RAF and the 50th anniversary of the first Farnborough Air Show.
Jet engine development work has been carried out for many years at the Hampshire base.
In the 1930s, Sir Frank realised that the gas turbine could be used to power aircraft if the exhaust gases were forced through a nozzle to produce a powerful jet.
The jet-powered aircraft were flying by the end of World War II and Sir Frank's design has gone on to transform air travel.