List of surviving Gloster Meteors

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Gloster Meteor T.7 G-BWMF of the Classic Air Force displaying at RIAT, 2012

The Gloster Meteor is a twin-engined jet fighter, the first jet aircraft to serve with the RAF and the only Allied jet aircraft to reach combat in World War II. Almost 4,000 were produced, mostly in service with the RAF between 1944 and 1965. Meteors also served with the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF), whose aircraft saw action in the Korean War; other users included the Argentinian, Brazilian, Belgian, Danish, Dutch, Ecuadorian, French and Israeli air forces. Many are preserved but only five are airworthy.

Argentina[edit]

Gloster Meteor C-038 at Plaza Fuerzas Armadas in Junín, where it was in the 1980s.
Gloster Meteor C-038 current location at Aero Club next to the airport in Junín, at kilometer 155 of Route 188.
Meteor F.4 C-041 at the Museo Nacional de Aeronáutica, Buenos Aires in 2006

The first export order for Meteors came from Argentina, who received 100 F.4s. The first 50 were ex-RAF, the second 50 new.[1] The Fuerza Aérea Argentina (FAA) identified aircraft with a number which remained the same throughout the life of the airframe, preceded by a letter indicating the role. From purchase in the late 1940s to about 1963 the Meteors were used as interceptors, letter I, and hence serialled e.g. I-025. After that, they were deployed as fighter bombers, letter C, and the same aircraft exampled before became C-025. A few, rebuilt aircraft did change number.

Stored or under restoration[2]
On display[2]

Australia[edit]

Meteor F.8 VH-MBX at Point Cook in 2006.
Airworthy
On display

Belgium[edit]

Meteor F.8 EG-224 at the Royal Military Museum Brussels in 2007.

The Belgian Air Force had 48 Meteor F.4s, 42 T.7s and, later 240 F.8s.[17]

On display

Brazil[edit]

Meteor T.7 4309 ex-WS151 at the Museu Aeroespacial (MUSAL), Campo dos Afonsos, Rio de Janeiro in 2005.

The Brazilian Air Force received 10 Meteor T.7s and 60 F.8s. [22]

On display

Czech Republic[edit]

On display

Denmark[edit]

Danish F.8 43-499 at the Danmarks Flymuseum in 2006

The Royal Danish Air Force purchased 20 each of Meteors marks F.4, F.8 and NF.11, plus 9 T.7s.[36]

On display

Ecuador[edit]

The government ordered 12 ex-RAF FR.9s in 1954.[41]

France[edit]

French Meteor NF. 11 at Ailes Anciennes Toulouse in 2008.

L'Armée de l'Air had 32 ex-RAF meteor NF.11s delivered in the early 1950s.[45]

On display

Germany[edit]

On display

Israel[edit]

Gloster Meteor T.7 18 "Ra'am" (Thunder) at Hatzerim in 2010.

The Israeli Air Force received 4 Meteor T.7s, 12 F.8s, 7 FR.9s and 6 NF.13s.[52]

On display

Malta[edit]

Stored or under restoration
  • Meteor T.7 WL360, Malta Aviation Museum workshops.[55]
On display

New Zealand[edit]

The Netherlands[edit]

The Royal Netherlands Air Force received 65 Meteor F.4s, 43 T.7s and 160 F.8s.[36]

Stored or under restoration
On display

Sweden[edit]

The Swedish Air Force had 3 Meteor T.7s.[62]

Stored or under restoration
  • Meteor T.7 SE-CAS, ex-WF833, Linköping Flygvapenmuseum, Linköping.[63]
On display

United Kingdom[edit]

T.7 G-BWMF painted as WA591 in 2013
Airworthy
Meteor T.7 WA638 used by Martin-Baker for ejection seat development: non-standard canopy and F.8 tail. 2008
Stored or under restoration
On display
Meteor T.7 VZ638 at the Gatwick Aviation Museum in 2008.
Meteor T.7 VZ634 at the Newark Air Museum in 2006.
Meteor NF.14 WS739 at the Newark Air Museum in 2006.

United States[edit]

Under restoration
On display

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b James 1971, p. 262
  2. ^ a b Padin 2007, pp. 34–45
  3. ^ Ogden 2008, page 499
  4. ^ Ogden 2008, page 510
  5. ^ Ogden 2008, page 503
  6. ^ Ogden 2008, page 375
  7. ^ Ogden 2008, page 379
  8. ^ Ogden 2008, page 397
  9. ^ a b c Ogden 2008, page 412
  10. ^ Ogden 2008, page 404
  11. ^ a b c Ogden 2008, page 388
  12. ^ Ogden 2008, page 358
  13. ^ Ogden 2008, page 394
  14. ^ Ogden 2008, page 362
  15. ^ a b Ogden 2008, page 374
  16. ^ Ogden 2008, page 365
  17. ^ James 1971, pp. 263, 270, 280
  18. ^ a b Ogden 2009, page 35
  19. ^ Ogden 2009, page 25
  20. ^ a b c d James 1971, p. 280
  21. ^ a b Ogden 2009, page 30
  22. ^ a b James 1971, p. 271, 283
  23. ^ a b c d e f Ogden 2008, page 525
  24. ^ Ogden 2008, page 523
  25. ^ Ogden 2008, page 530
  26. ^ Ogden 2008, page 528
  27. ^ Ogden 2008, page 588
  28. ^ a b Ogden 2008, page 532
  29. ^ Ogden 2008, page 522
  30. ^ Ogden 2008, page 515
  31. ^ a b Ogden 2008, page 517
  32. ^ a b c Ogden 2008, page 516
  33. ^ Ogden 2008, page 527
  34. ^ Ogden 2008, page 533
  35. ^ Ogden 2009, page 61
  36. ^ a b c James 1971, pp. 264, 271, 281, 295 Cite error: Invalid <ref> tag; name "James_Holland" defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  37. ^ Ogden 2009, page 79
  38. ^ a b c Ogden 2009, page 82
  39. ^ Ogden 2009, page 77
  40. ^ Ogden 2009, page 84
  41. ^ James 1971, pp. 288–9
  42. ^ a b Ogden 2008, page 548
  43. ^ Ogden 2008, page 547
  44. ^ a b c Ogden 2008, page 550
  45. ^ James 1971, pp. 295–6
  46. ^ a b c Ogden 2009, page 116
  47. ^ Ogden 2009, page 121
  48. ^ a b c Ogden 2009, page 189
  49. ^ Ogden 2009, page 126
  50. ^ "MAE reserve list". 
  51. ^ Ogden 2009, page 250
  52. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Ogden 2008, page 135
  53. ^ a b Ogden 2008, page 138
  54. ^ Ogden 2008, page 139
  55. ^ a b Ogden 2009, page 360
  56. ^ "Hooton Park.". Air Britain News (April 2011): 480. 
  57. ^ Ellis 2008, page 39
  58. ^ Ogden 2008, page 422
  59. ^ a b c Ogden 2009, page 375
  60. ^ Ogden 2009, page 387
  61. ^ "3W-50". 
  62. ^ James 1971, p. 272–3
  63. ^ Ogden 2009, page 547
  64. ^ "G-AMCJ". 
  65. ^ Ogden 2009, page 559
  66. ^ a b "Register Notes". Air-Britain News. September 2015. pp. SEP1418. ISSN 0950-7442. 
  67. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 173
  68. ^ a b Ellis 2014, page 31
  69. ^ Ellis 2008, page 29
  70. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 198
  71. ^ Ellis 2014, page 66
  72. ^ Pilot, December 2011, p49
  73. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 219
  74. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 217
  75. ^ James 1971, p. 258
  76. ^ a b c "New Age Dawns". FlyPast: 48–9. December 2013. 
  77. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 170
  78. ^ Ellis 2008, page 208
  79. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 175
  80. ^ Ellis 2008, page 272
  81. ^ Ellis 2010, page 281
  82. ^ Ellis 2010, page 260
  83. ^ Ellis 2010, page 257
  84. ^ Ellis 2010, page 218
  85. ^ Ellis 2008, page 213
  86. ^ Ellis 2008, page 279
  87. ^ Ellis 2010, page 30
  88. ^ Ellis 2008, page 200
  89. ^ Ellis 2008, page 143
  90. ^ Ellis 2010, page 156
  91. ^ James 1971, pp. 279–90
  92. ^ Ellis 2008, page 22
  93. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 267
  94. ^ Ellis 2008, page 167
  95. ^ Ellis 2008, page 162
  96. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 171
  97. ^ Ellis 2008, page 70
  98. ^ Ellis 2008, page 280
  99. ^ Ellis 2008, page 152
  100. ^ a b Ellis 2008, page 129
  101. ^ Ellis 2008, page 46
  102. ^ Ellis 2008, page 277
  103. ^ Ellis 2008, page 38
  104. ^ Ellis 2008, page 177
  105. ^ Ellis 2010, page 194
  106. ^ Ellis 2010, page 220
  107. ^ Ellis 2008, page 86
  108. ^ Ogden 2011, page 216
  109. ^ Ogden 2011, page 130
  110. ^ Ogden 2011, page 167

Bibliography[edit]

  • Ellis, Ken (2008). Wrecks & Relics (21 ed.). Manchester: Crecy. ISBN 978-0-85979-134-2. 
  • Ellis, Ken (2010). Wrecks & Relics (22 ed.). Manchester: Crecy. ISBN 978-0-85979-150-2. 
  • Ellis, Ken (2014). Wrecks & Relics (24 ed.). Manchester: Crecy. ISBN 978-08597-91779. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2008). Aviation Museums and Collections of the rest of the World (2 ed.). Tonbridge, Kent: Air-Britain (Historians). ISBN 978-0-851-30-394-9. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2009). Aviation Museums and Collections of Mainland Europe. Air Britain (Historians) Ltd. ISBN 978 0 85130 418 2. 
  • Ogden, Bob (2011). Aviation Miuseums and Collections of North America (2 ed.). Tonbridge, Kent: Air-Britain (Historians). ISBN 978-0-851-30-427-4. 
  • James, Derek N. (1971). Gloster Aircraft since 1917. London: Putnam Publishing. ISBN 0-370-00084-6. 
  • Padín, Jorge (2007). Serie Fuerza Aérea #12 Gloster Meteor. London. 

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