The Wonder Jet is a 1950 documentary about the development and early days of the jet engine. It includes both period footage and dramatic re-enactments, showing the early development of the first jet engines (and gas turbines) and the aircraft they were fitted too.

Of course in the decades since this film left the editing room the jet engine has gone on to dominate the world of air travel, and many of us have spent tens, hundreds, or even thousands of hours sitting in slightly-too-small reclining seats listening to the dull roar of Sir Frank Whittle’s most famous invention.

At just under 20 minutes long, The Wonder Jet is a quick watch, and if you’d like to download it for later viewing you can do so thanks to the Internet Archive.

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