Meteor jet plane
Darwin Bombing Collection; PictureNT; PictureNT
Gloster Meteor (A77-1 tail number) on the tarmac at Darwin Airport. From the website: "The Gloster Meteor is an all metal, twin jet engine, retractable gear aircraft. The F.8 was the most built of all Meteors with 1,522 being produced. The Gloster Meteor was the first operational jet to fly with the Royal Air Force. The earliest recorded combat successes were by Meteor F.1s, against V1 flying bombs on 4 August 1944. A Meteor was also used in the first tests of a ground level ejection seat. In May 1946 a F.3 Meteor was taken on charge by the Royal Australian Air Force, becoming the first RAAF jet fighter. It was not until 1951 that Meteors entered regular service with the RAAF and then they did so with a true "baptism of fire". Meteor F.8 aircraft were taken into action by 77 Squadron RAAF, in Korea, against the Mig-15."
Gloster Meteor (jet aeroplanes)
1200ppi ; 50.26Mb.
1 photograph : b&w ; 12 x 7 cm.
No known copyright
Library & Archives NT
http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/aircraft_colection/meteor/index.html; http://www.aviationmuseum.com.au/aircraft_colection/meteor/index.html [Temora Aviation Museum : Gloster Meteor F.8]