First Flight (type):
2- 3,600 lbs. ea.
4- 20 mm
44 ft. 7 in.
37 ft. 2 in.
The Gloster Meteor was the only Allied jet to see action during the Second World War. It was deployed on July 12,1944. Aircraft development began in 1940. A twin engine design was chosen because of the lack of sufficient thrust of single jet engines at the time. First tests showed that the Frank Whittle W2B jets did not produce enough thrust for flight. Eventually the first Gloster Meteor flew with Halford H-1 turbojets on March 5, 1943.
Initial Gloster Meteor production aircraft used Rolls Royce Welland engines. The first missions of the aircraft were flown against V-1 Doodlebugs. Although the guns of the early aircraft often jammed, they could match the speed of the V-1 and bring it down by wing tipping.There is only a single mention of a Gloster Meteor encountering a Luftwaffe fighter in which neither aircraft scored any hits on the other.
With the Gloster Meteor model F8, the aircraft acquired more powerful engines, greater fuel capacity, ejection seats, and a sliding canopy. The aircraft first flew on October 12, 1948. It was the most advanced in the line of aircraft. Its fuselage was some 2 1/2 feet longer than its predecessors, done for better balance. Its engines were more efficient and powerful, and its fuselage stronger. A new canopy provided better all-around vision for its pilot.
The Gloster Meteor became the primary fighter of the British RAF in the early 1950's. It was also widely exported throughout the world. The aircraft was deployed by Australia to participate in the Korean War where it was primarily used for ground attack.
On Sept. 7, 1946 a Gloster Meteor set a world speed record of 615.78 mph.
A total of 2,920 Gloster Meteor aircraft of all types were produced in the U.K. An additional 240 aircraft were built under license in Belgium.
RC Gloster Meteor
The RC Gloster Meteor from Dynam comes almost ready to fly. Its wingspan is 50 in. and length 59 in. It is made from EPO foam and includes flaps, retracts, plus two Tomcat 2827 - 2600 kV motors turning 70 mm EDF units. All up weight is around six lbs.