I was watching the History Channel International last night and saw the story of Sir Frank Whittle, the inventor of the Jet Engine. One in a long line of brilliant people which seem to come along at the right time. I know his son and his grandson, who live locally and have a business here in New Jersey. And they both are as inventive as their dad and granddad and extremely polite and gracious people. PBS - Chasing the Sun - Frank Whittle Frank Whittle - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Just thought this would be of interest to some.