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.
Span: 43 ft 0 in (13,10 m)
Length: 41 ft 3 in (12,57 m)
Height: 13 ft 0 in (3,96 m)
Wing area: 374 sq.ft (34,74 sq.m)
Empty weight: 8,140 lb (3,692 kg)
Loaded weight: 13,795 lb (6,258 kg)
Max speed: 385 mph (619 kmh) at sea level
415 mph (668 kmh) at 10,000 ft (3,050 m)
Climb: 2,155 ft (657 m)/min
Service ceiling: 40,000 ft (12,192 m)
RAF No.616 (South Yorkshire) Squadron moved to Culmhead, Somerset in May 1944, and two months later started to work-up on the Gloster Meteor, which coincided with the arrival of the V-1 flying bombs (codenamed Diver) over London. As the use of the Meteor was seen as an effective countermeasure, the squadron moved to Manston, Kent on July 21.
The aircraft pictured above (coded YQ-R), and its pilot, Flying Officer T.D. 'Dixie' Dean, both attached to No.616 Squadron, had the distinction of scoring the first confirmed victory by a British jet fighter. On August 4, 1944 a V-1 was intercepted, as the guns failed to fire, the pilot used the Meteor wing tip to tip-over the V-1, which subsequently crashed near Tonbridge, Kent."