Gallery No 21 - Gloster Meteor

Aircraft - 4 Images

My thanks to Roger Dunn and the MOD for supplying these images.Wikipedia for text.

The first aircraft were delivered to the Royal Air Force on July 12, 1944 and one was also sent to the US in exchange for a Bell YP-59A Airacomet for comparative evaluation. The Meteor Mk. I saw action for the first time on July 27, 1944 against the V1 Flying Bomb. The Meteor never saw aerial combat against the Luftwaffe despite flying missions over Germany from January 1945, using the Mk. III variant from bases in Belgium.

After the World War II
Meteors saw prolonged service during the Korean War with No. 77 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force. The unit had a few early successes in jet versus jet combat, against less-experienced MiG-15 pilots. However, increasing losses to the newer and generally superior Soviet-built fighters saw Meteors relegated to ground attack duties, a role in which they performed well.

Production of the aircraft continued until 1954 and almost 3,900 were made, mainly the Mk. 8. The Meteor was also operated by the airforces of Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, France, Egypt, Israel, Syria and Sweden. Late versions, beginning with the F.8 in 1948 were the first British production aircraft to be equipped with ejection seats.

Although many Gloster Meteors survive in Museums and collections only five remain airworthy, four in the United Kingdom and a F8 fighter which was exported to Australia in 2002.

Specifications (variant described)
General characteristics
type: Meteor F.MkI
Crew: 1
Capacity: 1
Length: 41 ft (12.5 m)
Wingspan: 43 ft (13.1 m)
Height: 13 ft (4.0 m)
Wing area: 374 ft² (34.7 m²)
Empty: 8,140 lb (3,690 kg)
Loaded: lb ( kg)
Maximum takeoff: 13,800 lb (6,260 kg)
Powerplant: Engine type(s), 2 × Rolls-Royce W.2B/23C Welland I turbojets, rated at 1700 lbf (7.56 kN) st dry each
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Maximum speed: 417 mi/h (670 km/h)
Range: 1000 mi (1610 km)
Service ceiling: ft ( m)
Rate of climb: ft/min ( m/min)
Wing loading: kg/m² ( lb/ft²)

Some aircraft may appear identical but there are differences which will not be discernible from the image.

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33 Squadron NF14
65 Squadron F 8
245 Squadron
Gloster Meteor NF14 at Waddington, England, 2001

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