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Power output was a combination of shaft horsepower 1, kW and 1, lbf 4. Aussie Meteors covered some 4, total sorties to the loss of 30 aircraft. An excellent rate-of-climb of 2, feet per minute was possible with 30, feet being achieved in as little as 9 minutes. Mk I was not much different from the F. Two 3, lbf

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Whereas, the Meteor was limited glosster home defense against Luftwaffe V-1 Buzz Bombs, but it did serve later on the continent and performed escort duty on bombing missions, which allowed Allied fighters to gain experience in confronting jet fighters. Views Read Edit View history. Performance was also improved in this type, particularly in top speed, making it the definitive Meteor with over 1, examples delivered to the RAF – making up 32 active and 11 reserve squadrons.

Mk Mwteor were also retrofitted in the field as well.

Gloster Meteor Airborne in Virginia!

The Me gets most of the attention for the development of jets, due to its Junkers Jumo axial-flow engines and sleek swept-back wings. Israel and Egypt, both recipients of the Meteor F. The Meteor was not a sophisticated aircraft in its aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter. These Meteors were noted by their “NF” designation system and discernable “long nose” design comprised the NF.


The skin tearing was found to originate at rivet holes, access panels or discontinuous stringers stress risers due to metal fatigue. Gloster Meteor in Israeli Service”. Based upon designs produced by Power Jets, Rolls-Royce produced more advanced and powerful turbojet engines. Mk 3 fighter aircraft were fitted with the more powerful Rolls-Royce Derwent I engines of 2,lb thrust providing for improved range and performance while sporting a revised sliding canopy.

Golly, John and Bill Gunston. Belgium ordered aircraft, the majority assembled in The Netherlands by Fokker.

IAF Aircraft Inventory: Gloster Meteor

The Meteor airframe however, was more conventional in design—it was powered with the soon-to-be obsolete centrifugal-flow engines and then largely forgotten.

Mk 21 and target towing TT.

This would eventually become the Rolls Royce Derwent engine. Brazil ordered sixty new Meteor F.

Gloster (Armstrong Whitworth) Meteor Jet-Powered Fighter / Fighter-Bomber Aircraft – United Kingdom

The Meteor was also beginning to prove a hot commodity for many-a-nation wanting to jump feet-first into the jet age and export deliveries soon followed. On 7 Novemberthe first official airspeed record by a jet aircraft was set by a Meteor F. Mk 4 fighter series in an attempt to keep the Meteor on pace with the crop of new-build, jet-powered fighter designs appearing elsewhere.

The original engine was the Derwent 5 but it was later powered by the Derwent 8 with larger engine inlets. Despite missing out on the first jet-versus-jet confrontation in history this would occur in the upcoming Korean WarMeteors operated with distinction in their limited roles, destroying over 45 German aircraft through ground strikes.


This was a substantial improvement over the earlier mark, although the basic design still had not reached its potential.

Meteors were also involved in a number of friendly fire cases, hitting IDF ground forces on October 31st. The British Fighter Since They later moved to Gilze-Rijen where they were joined with the rest of the squadron.

A Meteor prototype was also trialed in carrier deck landings as a naval fighter. The biggest threat to the Meteor was being shot down by friendly fire and they were painted white for recognition purposes. Note the long nacelles. While various marks of Meteor had been introduced bythey had remained very similar to the prototypes of the Meteor; consequently, the performance of the Meteor F.

Mk 4 was the clipped wings. The Hawker Tempest was the most successful in attacking V-1s, but fewer than 30 Tempests were available at the time. Some earlier Meteor F. Equipped with anti-spin parachute and fully transparent canopy. Its durable construction made it more favorable for this type of operation where it was less likely to encounters MiGs.