A commemorative plaque has been unveiled at a former Gloster site
A plaque was unveiled at the site of the former Gloster Aircraft Company factory at Bentham, Gloucestershire on October 22. A crowd of around 40 witnessed the ceremony at the historic site, in the presence of representatives from the Jet Age Museum and Badgeworth Parish Council, among others.
The plaque is located at the junction of Bentham Lane and Field View Lane, not far from the bridge carrying the A417 over Bentham Lane. It pays tribute to the experimental wartime factory that was built at the site in 1941. The Gloster E.28/39 – the first jet-powered British aircraft to fly – was developed at this facility following its maiden flight from nearby Brockworth.
Following a recent spruce-up that required scaffolding, a full-scale representation of the E.28/39 is now once again on full view at a roundabout in Lutterworth, Leicestershire.