In 2013 March, the British built Meteor
, which is the world’s oldest jet fighter, took to the skies again. Seventy years ago, the 1st British front-line jet fighter soared into the skies, at the height of WWII. Around 4,000 Meteors had been built and they were also exported to serve with nations across the globe. All this, at a time when Britain was the ruler of the skies. And in 2013, 1 of the last Meteors that was still in an airworthy condition took to the skies in Cornwall. Today, this is the world’s oldest flyable British jet and this particular flight marked the opening of the new museum at the Newquay Airport
, which was previously the RAF St Mawgan.
Grabbing all the Action
This Gloster Meteor
was the 1st operational jet of the Allies and the sorties commenced in 1944 July with the 616 Squadron. This aircraft as designed by George Carter. On 5 March 1943, the prototype of this aircraft took off in great secrecy from Lincolnshire’s RAF Cranwell. Meteors had been first based at the RAF Culmhead situated in Somerset. Soon there after, they were shifted to Manston in Kent, which was much closer to all the action around occupied Europe & they were ready to intercept the highly-dreaded German Luftwaffe.
Initially, this aircraft was created as a single-seater. Before this, the pilots were all used to piston-engined and propeller-driven aircraft and they had to rapidly come to grips with these new Meteors. The Meteors did not have spinning propellers at the front of the aircraft and the engines were quieter too.