Wednesday, September 9, 2015

Aircraft walkaround vol.53: Gloster Meteor F4

Subject: Gloster Meteor F4
Location: Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2015.
Comments: The Gloster Meteor was the first British jet fighter and the Allies' only operational jet aircraft during the Second World War. The Meteor's development was heavily reliant on its ground-breaking turbojet engines, pioneered by Sir Frank Whittle and his company, Power Jets Ltd. Development of the aircraft itself began in 1940, although work on the engines had been under way since 1936. The Meteor first flew in 1943 and commenced operations on 27 July 1944 with No. 616 Squadron RAF. Nicknamed the "Meatbox", the Meteor was not a sophisticated aircraft in its aerodynamics, but proved to be a successful combat fighter. The F4 version was powered by Derwent 5 engines with strengthened fuselage of witch 489 were built by Glosters and 46 by Armstrong Whitworth for the Royal Air Force. The F.4 was also exported to Argentina (50 aircraft), Belgium (48 aircraft), Denmark (20 aircraft), Egypt (12 aircraft) and the Netherlands (38 aircraft). (Ref.: Wikipedia)

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