The Meteor was one of Britain's first generation of jet interceptors. Designed during World War 2, it gained its greatest fame as an interceptor of V-1 flying bombs over England. Later versions of the Meteor also saw action in the Korean conflict, when they were flown by Austrailian pilots.
Meteors were also flown by Argentina, Belgium, Brazil, Denmark, Ecuador, France, The Netherlands, Sweden, Syria, Israel, and Egypt. Ironically, Israel and Egypt flew Meteors in conflict with each other.
A grand total of 3,922 Meteors of all marks was built by Gloster Aircraft Company, Armstrong Withworth Aircraft, and Fokker/Avions Fairey.
The Planes of Fame Air Museum's Meteor, VT-260, was built under contract No.6/ACFT/658C.B.7 with a quantity of 200 Mk. 4 aircraft by the Gloster Aircraft Co., Hucclecote, UK. The Museum's Meteor was delivered to the 203 Advanced Flying School/12 Flying Training Squadron on 21 June 1954.
The Museum acquired the aircraft from the United Kingdom in 1995. It is the only Meteor Mk. 4 on display in the United States.
Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Gloster Aircraft Company
Model: Mk. 4 Meteor
Registration Number: VT260
Max T/O Weight: 14,545 lb.
Span: 37 ft. 2 in.
Length: 41 ft. 0 in.
Height: 13 ft. 0 in.
Maximum Speed: 580 mph
Cruise Speed: N/A
Rate of Climb: 7,350 ft/min
Power Plant: 2 × Rolls-Royce Derwent 5 engines, 3,500 lb. thrust each