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HISTORY

  • 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.

 

SPECIFICATIONS

Status: Static Display
Manufacturer: Gloster Aircraft Company
Year: 1948
Model: Mk. 4 Meteor
Registration Number: VT260
Serial Number: 
Crew: 1
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
Range: 610 mi
Service Ceiling: 40,000 ft.
Armament: Four 20-mm Hispano cannons

 

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