RON DUPAS COLLECTION
No. 11. Gloster G.41A Meteor F.Mk.I (EE216) Royal Air Force
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Gloster G.41A Meteor F.Mk.I

06/30/2014. Remarks by Johan Visschedijk: "Developed in accordance with the requirements of Specification F.9/40 as Britain's first jet-powered fighter, the first prototype Meteor to fly (actually the fifth prototype airframe) took to the air on March 5, 1943. It was powered by de Havilland H.1 turbojets rather than the Whittle W.2Bs intended, the first airframe flying with Rover-built W.2B/23 engines on July 24, 1943. These were two of a total of eight prototypes.

A pre-series of twenty aircraft powered by Rolls-Royce Welland (W.2B/23C) turbojets of 1,700 lb (771 kg) thrust was delivered as Meteor F.Mk.Is. Carrying an armament of four 0.787 in (20 mm) British Hispano cannon, the first of these flying on January 12, 1944. Only one RAF squadron, No.616, was equipped with this type, receiving the first (s/n EE219) on July 12, 1944 and the last by the end of August 1944.

The Meteor F.Mk.II was a proposed version with de Havilland H.1 Goblin engines which was not proceeded with, and the Meteor F.Mk.III was the first major production model.



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